PhD Program

Marine Science and Technology PhD

apply nowThe PhD program requires four core courses (12 credits) and an additional  24 credit hours of courses (which includes both elective and seminar courses)  which help prepare the student for the written and oral candidacy examinations. Upon completing the comprehensive exams, students are required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours toward their dissertation research. The student must achieve an overall average of 3.0 in the PhD degree program. PhD students may be accepted as part-time students. Courses also may be taken at other colleges within UMass Dartmouth, at any of the other UMass campuses, and, upon approval by the SMAST Dean, at other academic institutions.

Application Requirements

Successful applicants will generally have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or better. They will also have an undergraduate major in one of the basic scientific disciplines or engineering, or will have strong multidisciplinary training with completion of at least six semesters of coursework in the natural sciences, generally to include biology, chemistry, and/or physics. Preparation in mathematics at least through integral calculus is strongly encouraged.