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The Texas A&M University Department of Ocean Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in ocean engineering and is a participant in the Doctor of Engineering Program.

The prerequisite for the Ocean Engineering Graduate Program is that a candidate has a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. The department academic advisor may also impose specific prerequisites for students with a weaker background in the basics of ocean engineering (such as dynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials).

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How to Apply

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the master’s degree and a dissertation. At least 30 hours of each student's specific coursework are determined in consultation with the student's Ph.D committee and are subject to the department graduate advisor's approval.

Students are formally admitted to the 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.

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines