Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Engineering

The Department of Ocean Engineering offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree and is a participant of Doctor of Engineering Program.

The pre-requisite for the Ocean Engineering Graduate Program is that a degree candidate have a Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline. Student-specific pre-requisite requirements may also be imposed by the faculty for students with a weak background in the basics of ocean engineering (such as dynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials).

Students are formally admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program after passing a written and oral General Exam to be taken at the end of the first semester of Ph.D. studies. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the Master’s Degree and a dissertation. Of the 64 credit hours, typically 32 hours must be in coursework. To complete the coursework for the Ph.D., six credits must be selected in the area of mathematics, statistics and numerical methods and three credit hours in the area of fluid mechanics in addition to the requirements for the Master’s degree. These course requirements are summarized in the following table.

Required courses:
MATH 602 Methods and App. of Partial Differential Eqns.
Three more credit hours in Mathematics, statistics or numerical methods
Three more credit hours in fluid mechanics
Satisfy the requirements of the Master of Science

Technical electives to complete the coursework requirements can be selected from the Ocean Engineering Program List of Graduate Courses as well as from other departments on campus.