M.Sc. On Campus

Hydrographic Science

University of Southern Mississippi

24 months
9094 USD/year
9094 USD/year
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The purpose of the M.S. program in Hydrographic Science offered by the University of Southern Mississippi is to provide students with technical and practical expertise in advanced hydrographic methods and standards that will enable them to assume leadership roles in using modern techniques in academic, government, military, and private organizations engaged in hydrographic activities.


The hydrographer is involved with every aspect of ocean data from bathymetric mapping of the ocean floor, managing large marine data sets, exploring for the minerals that lie far beneath, measuring currents, tides and waves, and observing the ocean environment.

The Hydrographic Science degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi comprise only 1 of 3 programs in the North America that are Recognized by the International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers for technical professionals.

What Will I Learn?

  • Data mining for all existing spatially-related information for the project area
  • Planning, preparation and development of Hydrographic Survey Specifications for the project area
  • Data collection (multi-beam, single-beam, side-scan sonar, tides, sound velocity, shoreline, navaids, etc.)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Geodesy 
  • Hydrographic Data Management 
  • Kinematic Positioning 
  • Applied Bathymetry
  • Oceanography for Hydrographers 
  • Practical Hydrographic Science 
  • Nautical Science 
  • Remote Sensing for Hydrographers 
  • Water Levels 
  • Math Concepts for Hydrographers 
  • Applied Ocean Acoustics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination (all sections) and a high grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate study. 
  • Resumé
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • A letter of intent should also be addressed to the school director expressing personal academic, research, and career goals.
  • A minimum score of 80 is required on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 6.5 is required on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree that includes courses in single variable calculus, multi-variable calculus and physics. A course in differential equations is recommended. Applicants should also be familiar with linear algebra, statistics, and MATLAB programming.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4547 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    9094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4547 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for West Hattiesburg

800 - 1300 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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