Ocean Sciences

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How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean." - Arthur C. Clarke

The mission of the Ocean Sciences (OCE) graduate program is to provide our students with specialized knowledge in important ocean science sub-disciplines as well as a broad understanding of the ocean as a key component of the Earth System. Our students advance the understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ocean and their interactions. Students learn first-hand about instrumentation and methods to measure the ocean using both in-situ and space-based sensors, and about laboratory, analytical, and numerical models to understand oceanic processes. Our graduates develop into international leaders of ocean research, into teachers and communicators of ocean sciences, and into leaders and advisors of marine education, policy, and conservation.

OCE offers opportunities for students to participate in research cruises and join field campaigns aboard our Research Vessel Walton Smith and aboard other vessels around the world, to perform experiments in our state-of-the-art wind-wave-storm surge simulator (SUSTAIN), and to run ocean and climate model simulations using our supercomputer facility. The OCE faculty excels in a wide range of topics including ocean circulation and climate, ocean carbon cycle, air-sea interaction, remote sensing, and marine ecosystem dynamics. Our waterfront location on Biscayne Bay offers a respite from the hustle and excitement of Miami, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US. With first-rate facilities and diverse faculty, there are few places like the Rosenstiel School to study the ocean sciences!

Degrees Offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with concentrations in Ocean Dynamics, Biophysical Interactions, Air-Sea Interactions and Remote Sensing, and Marine Biogeochemistry
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Professional Science (M.P.S.) with tracks in Applied Remote Sensing and Natural Hazards and Catastrophes


The best OCE applicants have a strong foundation in science, with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, engineering, geophysics, oceanography, marine science, or a related field. The GRE score is not required for admission. Those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550. All application requirements are available here.

Funding Opportunities

Most of our Ph.D. students are supported by faculty grants as Graduate Research Assistants during their 5-year tenure. Our stipends, tuition, and health insurance are highly competitive. Top students are encouraged to apply for national fellowships and scholarships. Additionally, students can apply or be nominated for University of Miami and Rosenstiel School fellowships and awards.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Department of Ocean Sciences is committed to a culture of belonging and we value diversity, integrity, responsibility, excellence, compassion, creativity, and teamwork.

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Prof. Roland Romeiser 
Graduate Program Director, Ocean Sciences