Message from the Dean

Welcome to the School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. ‌

I invite you to explore the wide range of educational and research programs that comprise SMAST. Founded in 1997, SMAST has grown to become an internationally recognized school of excellence in graduate education and research in areas of fisheries, ocean and estuarine science, ocean technology, marine renewable energy, marine resource economics, and marine policy. 

The oceans, and the rich resources and opportunities they offer, must be observed and studied to better understand how they are changing and how such changes will affect our society. The unique capabilities of SMAST encompass the study of marine life and ocean processes in combination with advanced technology and computer modeling to enrich our understanding of the ocean realm. 

We strive at SMAST to provide knowledge and understanding that benefits local and regional communities as well as addressing issues of national and global concern. 

As a student at SMAST, you have the choice of four different graduate degree programs: MS, PhD, the Professional Science Master's degree program, and a dual PhD degree jointly with the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The educational and research programs at SMAST are organized into two departments, the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences and the Department of Fisheries Oceanography.

Students have the opportunity to take coursework and pursue cross-disciplinary studies that involve both departments at SMAST, other science and engineering departments at UMass Dartmouth as well as at other University of Massachusetts campuses. Our graduates have been highly successful in obtaining positions in fields related to their course of study.

This is an exciting time as we progress toward the expansion of SMAST facilities, with the construction of a new building and the renovation scheduled for completion in fall of 2017. The campus is located in the historic city of New Bedford, a premier fishing port.

Research and educational programs take place in two locations: a two-story, 32,000-square-foot building and docking facilities on Clark's Cove providing access to Buzzards Bay. And because of recent rapid growth, SMAST has also expanded to occupy part of the AT&T building in Fairhaven, MA. The new construction and renovations will expand these existing facilities and substantially enhance our research, educational, and public outreach programs.

The oceans play a critical role in our everyday lives, and SMAST is at the forefront of efforts to better understand, manage, and sustain this precious resource. In addition, SMAST offers rich and exciting opportunities for new discovery and exploration and for the application of advanced technology in the study of the oceans.

Our weekly seminars are open to the public and feature leading experts in ocean sciences, ocean technology, and related fields. For supporters and potential collaborators in industry, federal and state agencies, and others, I enthusiastically welcome your interest in the School for Marine Science & Technology.

For more information about SMAST and to find out how to apply to our graduate programs, please contact us at


Steven E. Lohrenz, Dean