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Ocean Engineering

College or University: Oregon State University

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: The Coastal & Ocean Engineering Program at Oregon State University is a comprehensive curriculum of graduate studies and research leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS), Master of Ocean Engineering (MOcE), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The program is administered by the School of Civil and Construction Engineering and has strong ties with the College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences and the College of Science. The MOcE program requires a thesis (6-12 credits) and is typically completed in two academic years. A minimum of three additional years of study is needed for highly motivated students to complete the Ph.D. program. As an alternative to the MOcE degree, a student may elect to obtain a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and major in Coastal & Ocean Engineering. This is a non-thesis option that requires project research-in-lieu-of-thesis (3-6 credits) and may be completed in less than two years. Both these Master's degrees require a minimum of 45 graduate credits; including the thesis or project. The Ph.D. degree requires an additional 63 credits, which includes 36-45 credit hours for the Ph.D. Thesis.

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Tuition (2007):In State: $3042.00, Out of State: $4932.00

Number of students enrolled in 2007: 15

For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? Consulting engineers Research engineers Engineering management

Description of Facilities: The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory together with the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program at Oregon State University is a leading center for research and education in coastal engineering and nearshore science. Our strengths are: 1) A critical mass of faculty specializing in physical and numerical modeling of coastal dynamics, 2)an expanding, interdisciplinary graduate program offering M.Sc, M.Oc.E. and Ph.D. degrees, 3)one of the largest and technically most advanced laboratories for coastal research, and 4)expertise in tsunami and coastal hazard mitigation In 2001, the WRL was designated by the National Science Foundation as a site for Tsunami research within the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Program Faculty: Dan Cox, Associate Professor Director, O.H. Hinsdale WRL Merrick Haller Assistant Professor, Coastal & Ocean Engineering program coordinator Rob Holman Professor Tuba Ozkan-Haller Assistant Professor Peter Ruggiero Assistant Professor Geosciences Harry Yeh Professor Solomon C. Yim Professor

Program Point of Contact: Dr. Merrick Haller


Department: School of Civil & Construction Engineering

Institution address: 220 Owen Hall Oregon State University
                             Corvallis,OR 97331


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