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Marine Science and Technology, PhD

The oceans are part of the thin, outer shell of the Earth and marine science is the study of this envelope, from the deep sea to shallow coastal oceans. These systems are dynamic and vast, containing most of the Earth's water and carbon and surface heat, and much of its biomass. Working like a machine in concert with the atmosphere, continents and ice oceans drive our climate system and support all life on our planet. Our PhD program centers around issues of biological oceanography, marine ecosystems, climate change impacts on the oceans, and marine policy and management.

What the School Offers to Ensure Your Success

In addition to the significant support provided by the Director and faculty of the marine science and technology PhD program, our Academic Achievement Services Center (AASC@SFE) offers a breadth of programs and activities designed to support you in your journey. Whether you seek additional support for your classes, need assistance in identifying an internship host, seeking information about fellowships or grants, looking for professional development opportunities or gearing up to enter the job market, AASC@SFE is always here for you. AASC@SFE offers support and connections for advising, student support (academic, financial, health), career services and opportunities, connections to internship hosts and employers, and more.

What You Can Take

Current students should refer to the graduate student handbook of the year in which they enrolled in the program.

The PhD in marine science and technology is a research-based degree wherein students are expected to generate new and original knowledge in their area of study. 

Learning Objectives for this program can be viewed here.

Concentration Areas
Doctoral Degree Requirements

Program Faculty

Program Contact

Contact or Graduate Program Director Juanita Urban-Rich at