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Master of Science in Ocean Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost $2,100 per credit

The University of Miami has a long history in Ocean Engineering. The University of Miami’s College of Engineering together with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offered a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. The program and others of its kind in the nation, were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. 

In the past decade, several major incidents – the 2010 Deep Water oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a series of devastating hurricanes in 2003-2005 and 2017, and the Japan Tsunami have turned our collective attention to the vulnerability of the nation’s coastal infrastructure. Furthermore there have been significant demands for an increased emphasis on port and harbor security since September 11, 2001. These events have led to a renewed interest in the field of Ocean Engineering, albeit with a new focus and broader scope. Our program offers an MS degree for students not interested in a research based education but rather a practical skills-based training in real world applications of engineering theory.


Ocean Engineering concentrates on problems associated with human interaction with the ocean.

  • A. The ocean engineer combines competence as an engineer with both a practical experience in and theoretical understanding of the ocean.
  • B. The Ocean Engineering program, offered jointly with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, is intended to lay the foundation of this competence, experience and understanding.
  • C. The areas of faculty specialization in this program include coastal engineering, off-shore engineering, structures, turbulence, computer modeling of fluids, acoustics, remote sensing and maritime security.
  • D. Tracks offered in the program include Coastal Engineering and Remote Sensing
Structurele componenten
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

Instructions On How To Apply

  1. Sign Up for an account on the EngineeringCAS website. Please note: Your application is not complete and we cannot begin your application review until we receive all required documentation. Your non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time you submit the application online.
  2. Send Official Transcripts. Request one official transcript from each post-secondary institution (college or university) that you have attended regardless if it was for a certificate, class, intensive program or degree. You must request the registrar of each institution you have attended to mail the official documentation directly to EngineeringCAS as outlined in their application instructions (International Students must also review additional instructions).
  3. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation electronically as outlined on the application for admission.
  4. Send Official GRE Scores. All applicants must submit official (within five years of exam date) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which include the aptitude portion, as well as the most relevant advanced test in the major field if required by the department. Be sure to use the GRE code of 5815, so that your official scores are sent directly to us. Scores will only be considered official if sent directly from the testing agency. Institutional exam results are not valid for admission purposes.
  5. If you apply to the MS in Management of Technology program, send official Graduate Management Admission Test(GMAT) scores instead of GRE scores (within five years of exam date). Use the GMAT code of 7NV-S1-08, so that your official scores are sent directly from the testing agency.
  6. Complete the Essay. Students should submit a 500-word statement of academic and professional goals.

Additional Instructions For International Students Only

International students are required to submit additional information about English proficiency, transcript evaluation and visa requirements

Grant opportunities

The College of Engineering (CoE) offers MS Merit Scholarships to admitted applicants who demonstrated exemplary achievements. These scholarships offer up to 40% of direct tuition costs. We do not offer research/teaching assistantships or fellowships for MS studies. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Scholarship must indicate so on the application for admission. They must also complete and submit the supplemental MS Merit Scholarship Application form.

Learning outcomes

Track A) Coastal Engineering

This track focuses on the engineering issues related to coastal resilience, Including both natural and built systems that are subject to loadings from waves, currents, and wind. An important aspect of this track is the specification of design loads from wind, waves, and currents and will have components relevant to both offshore and coastal problems. Fundamental aspects of flow around rigid bodies, flow induced vibrations and structural response and sediment transport and erosion will also be addressed. The course content will then highlight the synthesis of the design loadings and structural response for relevant ocean engineering problems. There will be a focus on engineering of coastal structures including residential, civil and industrial infrastructure.

Track B) Remote Sensing and Maritime Security

This track focuses on remote sensing techniques in particular as they apply to maritime safety and security. Courses will cover the physics and principles of electromagnetic waves in the microwave, visible and infrared frequencies, acoustic and seismic waves. Students will learn about current technologies applicable to threat detection and mitigation including threats from criminal activities, illegal immigration, piracy, and terrorism. The technologies of interest will include: satellite, aircraft and land-based radar and optical remote sensing, underwater acoustic surveillance, and infrared techniques applied to ship detection; X-Ray scanning, Gamma Ray scanning, radiation detection and Radio Frequency Identification Tags (RFID) applied to cargo. The final cap-stone course will give the students hands-on experience at UM’s state-of-the-art CSTARS (Center for Southeastern Tropical Remote Sensing) facility.


Applicants must submit:

  1. Excellent performance in all coursework and certificate programs (traditionally cumulative gpa > 3.0)
  2. Competitive scores on the GRE General Test (verbal plus quantitative traditionally > 300)
  3. Comprehensive letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable scores on TOEFL or ILETS exams (English proficiency exams for international students only)

A BS degree in engineering is usually required for admission into a MS program. We will also consider students who do not have a engineering degree, but may ask them to take pre-requisite coursework to meet our admission requirements.

ISCED Categories

Persoonlijke vaardigheden en communicatie
Fysische en chemische oceanografie
Wetenschappelijke modellering
Offshore en hernieuwbare energie
Maritieme veiligheid