ORE offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the engineering profession and to conduct research in support of education. These objectives, along with the curriculum described below, were developed in collaboration with ORE’s advisory panel.

The objective of the program at the MS level is to produce graduates who:

  1. Are capable of effectively applying mathematical and scientific principles to solve practical and relevant engineering problems, especially as they pertain to ocean and marine environments;
  2. Have a general understanding of, and ability to work within, the ocean and resources engineering disciplines;
  3. Are proficient in one or more of the ocean and resources engineering disciplines;
  4. Are aware of the professional, managerial, legal, ethical, and other non-technical issues encountered in engineering practice;
  5. Can communicate and work effectively with their peers, clients, and the general public to promote new and innovative ideas, products, and designs; and
  6. Can adapt to the evolving demands and technology of ocean and ocean resource industries.

The program at the PhD level shares the objective of the MS program, with the added emphasis on producing graduates who:

  1. Can conduct original research and develop new technologies in ocean and resources engineering; and
  2. Have the experience to publish in refereed journals.

This additional emphasis prepares our doctoral graduates to pursue research careers in industry and academia.


Student Outcomes include:

  1. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  2. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and basic engineering topics that include statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and probability and statistics;
  3. Proficiency in the core program that comprises hydrostatics, oceanography, water waves, fluid-structure interaction, underwater acoustics, laboratory and at-sea experience;
  4. Working knowledge of at least one of the three option areas that include coastal, offshore, and ocean resources engineering;
  5. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and latest engineering tools necessary for ocean and resources engineering practice;
  6. An ability to identify, formulate and solve ocean and resources engineering problems;
  7. An ability to design and optimize engineering systems to meet the needs of the marine community;
  8. An ability to work independently and function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  9. An appreciation of professional and ethical responsibilities;
  10. An ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences;
  11. An awareness of the latest research and contemporary issues in and beyond the marine community, and;
  12. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning and continuing professional development.