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Two students introduce the 30-credit Master of Science in ocean engineering program. | Video: Texas A&M Engineering


This new Master of Science (M.S.) 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.

Offered exclusively on our Galveston campus, this 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 the 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. 
A group of students walking together on Galveston campus
Students in the M.S. program will learn ocean engineering right on the water's edge. | Image: Texas A&M University at Galveston

A select number of $1,000 fellowships are offered to students enrolled in the Master of Science in ocean engineering degree on the Galveston campus. These fellows are eligible for additional scholarships which can range in financial assistance between $6,000 and $10,000 per individual.

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.

Program Course Structure (30 credit hours total)

Fall Semester (12 - 15 credit hours)

  • OCEN 671 – Ocean Wave Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 678 – Fluid Dynamics for Ocean and Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 689 – Numerical Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 681 – Seminar (0 credit hours)
  • MATH 601 – Higher Math for Engineers and Physicists or MEEN 602 – Modeling and Analysis of Mechanical Systems (both 3 credit hours)
  • Option: *Technical Elective (3 credit hours)

Spring Semester (12 - 15 credit hours)

  • OCEN 672 – Coastal Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 676 – Dynamics of Offshore Structures or *Technical Elective (3 credit hours)
  • OCNG 608 – Physical Oceanography (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 681 – Seminar (0 credit hours)
  • OCEN 615 – Ship-Borne Cruise: Ocean Engineering Experiments and Oceanographic Measurements (3 credit hours)

Summer Semesters

  • OCEN 651 – Nature-Based Elements of Engineered Coastal Systems (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 689 – Projects Course in Robotics, Renewable Energy and Data Analysis (10-week summer semester; 3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 685 – Directed Studies (3 credit hours)

*Available Technical Electives (grouped by focus area):


  • OCEN 673 – Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Problems in Ocean Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 667 – Offshore Random Processes (3 credit hours)

Fluids & Dynamics

  • OCEN 675 – Nonlinear Wave Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 677 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 683 – Estuary Hydrodynamics (3 credit hours)


  • OCEN 630 – Dynamics of Ocean Vehicles (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 689 – Advanced Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 674 – Ports and Harbors (3 credit hours)


  • OCEN 610 – Laboratory and Field Instrumentation (2 credit hours)
  • OCEN 682 – Coastal Sediment Processes (3 credit hours)

Research & Design

  • OCEN 684 – Professional Internship (0-4 credit hours)

Special Topics

  • OCEN 689 – Special Topics in “Data Science” (3 credit hours)

Natural Marine Processes in Engineering Design (NMPED) Certificate Courses

  • OCEN 651 – Elements of Natural Marine Process Design (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 653 – Design of Coastal Zones using Natural Processes (3 credit hours)
  • OCEN 655 – Design of Marshes and Wetlands (3 credit hours)

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Caleb Mullins

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