The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) offers a dual PhD degree program established between the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Institute of Oceanography (IOUSP) and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The dual-degree framework allows graduate students to participate in the program at each institution, while being co-supervised by one faculty member from each institution.

Students are taught by some of the most distinguished faculty in the fields of marine science. SMAST faculty pursue cutting-edge research in biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration, marine computational modeling, fisheries science and management, marine renewable energy, ocean observing/remote sensing, and ocean physics.

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  • Applicants to the dual-degree PhD program of either institution may indicate on their application their intent to participate in the dual-degree program
  • Participating students have two co-advisors, one at each university
  • Upon passage of the PhD exams (written and oral) and dissertation proposal presentation, dual-degree students are required to conduct at least 30% of their research at the alternate institution
  • Students are advised to choose research areas of mutual interest to the two institutions

At a glance

The achievements of SMAST students include:

  • Fulbright Fellowships
  • Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships
  • Nancy Sayles Day Foundation Research Award
  • NOAA Sea Grant Fellowship in Population Dynamics
  • Awards for presentations at the following professional meetings:
    • American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists
    • American Fisheries Society
    • American Meteorological Society
    • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
    • International Pectinid Workshop
    • National Shellfisheries Association


UMass Dartmouth has several financial programs to assist graduate students with the cost of advanced studies. These programs apply to degree-seeking, matriculated students only.

Applicants should take an active role in contacting faculty member(s) who could potentially advise them, as well as make an effort to seek funding before applying.

Student placement

SMAST alums succeed at becoming involved in research, teaching, and project management in academia, private industry, and governmental agencies.


Miles Sundermeyer

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 110A


University of São Paulo Dual PhD Faculty