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Applied Ocean Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #15 (ARWU) , CA,
This program in applied science related to the oceans is interdepartmental with the Department of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)  and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) . All aspects of man's purposeful and unusual intervention into the sea are included.


Applied Ocean Science (AOS) is focused on the application of advanced technology to ocean research, exploration and observation. The emphasis is on the resolution of key scientific issues through novel technical development, particularly involving the application of signal processing methods. Subject areas for study include: marine acoustics, optics, electromagnetics, geophysics, marine ecology, sediment transport, coastal processes, physical oceanography and air-sea interaction. AOS is an interdisciplinary program between the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Wave Physics
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Marine Geology
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Antennas and Their System Applications, Applied Additional Courses
  • Electromagnetic Theory - Electromagnetics and Computational Methods for Electromagnetics,

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    16 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • B.S. and/or M.S. degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent)
  • GRE General Test   (No required minimum score). Use institution code 4836 to report scores to UCSD.
  • International applicants: Demonstrate English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32109 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32109 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    17007 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17007 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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The ECE Department attempts to support all full-time graduate students at the PhD level. Financial support is available to PhD students in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student research assistantships (GSR). Funds to support travel to professional conferences are also available.
The most common form of support for PhD students is a half-time (20 hours per week) GSR that provides a salary, plus tuition and fees.
Departmental financial support is generally not offered to students at the Master's level.

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