12 months
1241 USD/credit 37230 USD/year
1241 USD/credit 37230 USD/year
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The Oceanography program at the Florida Institute of Technology is a research-centric program that focuses on the study of: ocean currents and waves, coastal processes, planktonic, nektonic, and benthic organisms, marine meteorology, hydro-acoustic applications and trace metal pollution identification and distribution.


Whether students want to develop a new way of restoring wetlands and shorelines, or to design solutions for managing the effects of pollution, or to solve the mystery of red tides, the Oceanography program at the Florida Institute of Technology provides expert training in some of the most diverse marine environments in the world.


Studying for a master’s in oceanography at Florida Tech provides students options to specialize in these five areas of specialization:

  • Biological Oceanography—Training with an emphasis on biological aspects including phytoplankton, zooplankton, coral reefs, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and estuarine restoration.
  • Chemical Oceanography—Studying pollutants to help reverse human damage to oceans, as well as marine and environmental chemistry, including bioremediation and elements integral for biological processes.
  • Coastal Zone Management—Protecting and managing shorelines through research on local and global cause-and-effect relationships of human activities in the development and use of environmental resources in the coastal zone.
  • Geological Oceanography—Discovering the unknown topography of the deepest depths of the ocean through hands-on research on erosion control and coastal margins, marine particle composition, and sea floor acoustics.
  • Physical Oceanography—Using advanced mathematics and engineering for quantitative analysis in research topics such as sea level, waves, currents, salinity, heat storage, and density.

Florida Tech built its reputation for excellence in science and engineering education through rigorous curriculum and real-world research experiences. This multidisciplinary approach to education gives students in the master’s in oceanography program extreme flexibility to tailor their degree to particular interests and career goals.

Career Options

Oceanography careers include such positions as:

  • Geoscientist
  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Oceanographic data analyst
  • Physical oceanographer
  • Fish ecologist
  • Director of environmental quality
  • Field technologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Marine scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Marine support officer
  • Military positions—supporting missions in the armed services
  • Postsecondary professor

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Marine and Environmental Chemistry
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Design and Analysis of Ecological Studies
  • Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students looking to enroll in a master's degree program at Florida Tech must hold a bachelor's degree (four-year degree) in a related field from a recognized, regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).
  • Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate in order to be considered for admission to a Florida Tech master's degree program.
  • If a student demonstrates acceptable undergraduate achievement but has subject-specific course deficiencies, the academic department that oversees the program will specify the criteria that must be met to make up for them.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1241 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    37230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1241 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1030 - 1585 USD /month
Living costs

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