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Ocean Engineering

Virginia Tech

12 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
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The Ocean Engineering program of Virginia Tech allows students to immerse themselves in the technology, honing their research, design, and analysis skills.

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From the mechanics of space flight to autonomous subsea navigation to the behavior of drones, students of the Ocean Engineering program of Virginia Tech work alongside faculty advisors to enrich and push the boundaries of our field.

Recent graduate project topics include:

  • Aerodynamics of a transonic turbine vane
  • Bio-inspired trailing edge noise control
  • Dynamics and control of a tensegrity system in low-Earth orbit
  • Particle-resolving simulations of dune migration
  • Simulation of net-zero momentum wakes in stratified fluids
  • The two point correlation structure of a cylinder wake
  • Visual-inertial navigation of small unmanned aircraft


Faculty and students in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering are conducting word-class research, and we have the facilities and resources to support them.

Our experimental facilities, which are equipped with advanced instrumentation and high-performance computing resources, include

  • Laboratories for experimental aeroacoustics, hydro-elasticity, and hydrodynamics
  • Laboratories for marine robotics
  • Laboratories for spacecraft design and simulation
  • Simulators for plasma and propulsion systems
  • Simulators for space systems 
  • Subsonic, hypersonic, and supersonic wind tunnels

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vehicle Structures
  • Mechanical and Structural Vibrations
  • Elastic Stability
  • Structural Optimization
  • Advanced Ship Structural Analysis
  • Submarine Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, typically in engineering, mathematics, or physics from an accredited institution.
  • Evidence of genuine promise of success in graduate study, such as a good academic record. (A 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale is strongly recommended.)
  • Full admission to the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
  • For international applicants, official results from an English proficiency test such as the TOEFL Examination. (A score of 90 or higher is strongly recommended.)
  • Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School.
  • Statement of interest and curriculum vitae should be attached to the online graduate application.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. (GRE requirement is waived for applicants with significant work experience.)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit Immigration Information Form (international applicants only).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 USD /month
Living costs

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