Students in both the M.S. and the Ph.D. degree programs complete four core courses in, respectively, the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the marine system, and supplementary courses based on student needs and interests. Most of the course work is taken in Orono, especially during the student's first year, whereas the thesis research may be carried out either at Orono or the University of Maine's marine laboratory, the Ira C. Darling Marine Center.
Research is a vital part of graduate education and its scope is limited only by the imagination of students and faculty. Oceanography students are in the midst of some of the most exciting ocean research being conducted today. To match your research interests with a faculty member we invite you to explore our research clusters and the web pages of individual faculty.
For detailed degree requirements, consult the student manual. (An updated version of the SMS student manuel is currently in the works.)