College or University: Texas A&M University
Type of degree: M.S.
Brief overview of program: Graduate degrees are awarded at the Ph.D. and M.S. level in Oceanography. We also offer a non-thesis Master of Geoscience degree, and a certificate in Ocean Observing Systems. The certificate program is intended to train a new generation of oceanographic professionals who will be knowledgeable in the development, design, and implementation of real-time operational oceanography systems. A minor in Oceanography is offered at the undergraduate level. Basic research funding plus partnerships with industry and agencies lead to many research opportunities in seafloor exploration, seafloor hazards, sediment transport, plate tectonics, paleo-oceanography and climate change, biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, biodiversity. carbon/nitrogen/sulfur cycling. phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology, bio-physical measurements and modeling. measurement and modeling of the ocean shelf, and estuarine circulation and climate cycles, oceans and human health.
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Tuition (2007):In State: $5,400, Out of State: $10,400
Description of Facilities: Facilities include state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and field equipment including workstation computer labs, flow cytometry, digital deep-tow seismic survey systems and mass spectrometers. Researchers also have access to central university facilities such as electron microscopes, supercomputers, a visualization laboratory, wave tanks and a nuclear reactor.
Program Faculty: A 40-member faculty offers a range of graduate courses; research is assisted by an additional 17 research scientists.
Student Support: Oceanography graduate student receive financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and student loans. When you apply for admission to the graduate program, you will automatically be considered for a graduate assistantship, as well as fellowships and scholarships offered by the University, college, and department. Student loans, fellowships, and scholarships offered by other entities require separate applications.
Texas A&M University is committed to providing competitive packages for graduate assistantships to attract the highest quality students. Along with an assistantship stipend, the university pays the full-time, in-state tuition for graduate assistants involved in teaching and other academic support roles. Graduate assistants assigned to research activities will have their tuition paid by grants and contracts. Graduate assistants are entitled to receive Texas A&M employee insurance. Unless you are transferring with no break in service from another Texas state agency, you will begin receiving a monthly contribution the first of the month after your 90th day of employment.
The department offers two types of graduate assistantships: Graduate Assistant Research (GAR) and Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT). Unless your offer letter specifically states otherwise, you will be required to pay applicable fees. If you are selected to receive and assistantship, you will be notified when you are accepted into the graduate program.
• Research assistants conduct research with a member of the faculty. The research normally forms the topic of a thesis or dissertation, with the faculty supervisor as the chair of the student’s advisory committee.
• Teaching assistants teach the laboratory sections of an undergraduate oceanography course in College Station and Galveston. Competitive teaching assistantships are available for students in Galveston to teach other classes as well.
Program Point of Contact: Jana Corley
Institution address: Texas A&M University 1204 O&M
College Station,TX 77843-3146