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The Master of Science (M.S.) nonthesis in ocean engineering is a course-based graduate degree program offered exclusively at our Galveston campus for students and professionals with an undergraduate or equivalent international degree in any engineering field. This 30-credit program prepares graduates to be experts and leaders in an exciting, international area of engineering with rewarding careers in the offshore traditional and renewable energy sector, coastal engineering consulting, system design, government agencies and any career path that requires a sound understanding of ocean processes, engineering systems and the ingenuity to create optimal engineering solutions in this exciting, but challenging, environment.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester
International students: April 15
Domestic students: July 15

Spring Semester
International students: September 15
Domestic students: October 15

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About the Program

Offered exclusively on our Galveston campus, this nonthesis degree program provides students a unique education filled with hands-on experience, direct access to the coast, on-the-water field data collection adventures, industry collaboration, proximity to Houston and world-class resources. The curriculum includes advanced courses in offshore systems, coastal engineering, ocean structures, and fluid dynamics as well as technical electives and directed studies that provide ample opportunity for students to craft their own learning experience and delve deeper into specific topics and areas of interest.

 Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply mathematics, statistics, hydrodynamics and structural design knowledge needed to solve advanced ocean and coastal engineering problems and design challenges.
  • Design offshore floating and moored structures and vessels needed for traditional and renewable energy production.
  • Understand complex ocean and coastal processes and create engineering solutions that protect community, natural, and infrastructure assets in coastal areas.
  • Make appropriate data-driven decisions for system designs.
  • Lead and manage a diverse team of technical professionals. 
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The required 30 credits can be taken in two main semesters (fall and spring) and during summer sessions involving a ship cruise for hands-on learning through ocean engineering experiments and oceanographic field measurements.

Contact an Advisor

Peggy Rutkowski

  • Program Specialist
  • Office: Haynes Engineering Building 139F
  • Phone: 979-458-5523
  • Email:
Peggy Rutkowski