M.Sc. On Campus

Physical Oceanography

Florida State University

12 months
1110 USD/credit 36630 USD/year
1110 USD/credit 36630 USD/year
479 USD/credit 15807 USD/year
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Physical Oceanography is one of the three main divisions within the Florida State University Department of Oceanography, and is focused on the interaction between oceans and atmosphere and how that interaction influences and shapes our world.


Professors guide students in their study of wave motions, tides, currents, salinity and temperature of the oceans and how those properties influence weather and climate. 

Learning outcomes

Other avenues of study involve the transmission of light and sound through water and the ocean's interactions with its boundaries at the seafloor and the coast.

Physical Oceanography at Florida State University requires a basic understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics (the study of fluid motion on a rotating sphere), classical physics, and applied mathematics.

Programme Structure

Research Highlights:
  • where does red tide in the Northern Gulf of Mexico originate
  • understanding and predicting El Nino and the Southern Oscillation
  • decadal and longer climate change
  • coastal fisheries and coastal ocean climate variability
  • understanding the dynamics of the ocean at scales from 100 km to 10,000 km, or equivalently from the deformation scale to the basin scale
  • dynamics of eddies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

To complete the process in the Office of Admissions, applicants must submit the following:

  • An official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • Official nationally standardized graduate admission test scores.
  • The residency form, if applicable.
  • Submit official English Proficiency Test Scores if your native language is not English.
  • Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional major/program criteria, e.g., research interests, letters of recommendation, personal statement, interviews/portfolios/auditions, or other factors specified by the program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    36630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1110 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1110 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15807 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 479 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Tallahassee

955 - 1345 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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