Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program offered through the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Applied Ocean Science and Engineering expects students to fulfill the following requirements within five years.

  • Satisfy the requirements imposed by the MIT department.
  • Complete one summer of research at Woods Hole with a WHOI faculty member during the summer after the first academic year. This may be delayed by petitioning JCAOSE and giving details of how this requirement will be satisfied in the future. Students should register for 2.689J (or 1.699J if in CEE) Special Projects in Oceanographic Engineering to obtain course credit for their project.
  • Complete course 2.688 Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems.
  • Complete course 12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography or another oceanography course substituted for this course.
  • Complete and defend in public a doctoral dissertation with direct application to the ocean or marine environment.
  • Present a seminar at either WHOI or MIT during the semester in which the thesis defense occurs. Seminar should take place at the institution where defense will not be held.

Following is a brief description of the doctoral requirements imposed by the MIT departments with which the AOSE program is affiliated. More detailed information can be obtained at the departmental websites.

» MIT WHOI Joint Program Applied Ocean Science & Engineering Handbook (pdf)
For more information regarding the field of Applied Ocean Science and Engineering and its requirements, please refer to the discipline's handbook.

Doctoral Requirements

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Students must take five courses in a coherent core program, defined by the student and the advisor, as well as additional courses required to make up a total of at least 150 MIT units. Students must pass Part 1 of the General Examination, which is a written test on the five courses in the core program, and Part 2 of the General Examination, which consists of a written research proposal and an oral presentation and defense of the research proposal.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Students must complete the requirements for the Master's degree, including the course requirements and the Master's thesis (a student who enters with a Master's degree will have satisfied this requirement). Students must pass the General Examination, which has two components: the Technical Qualifying Examination (TQE) and the Research Qualifying Examination (RQE). Students must complete a minor program consisting of two subjects approved by the doctoral committee, and they must also complete a teaching assignment approved by the doctoral committee.

Mechanical Engineering
Students must take a Qualifying Examination, which consists of written and oral parts. Students must prepare a thesis proposal and distribute it to the faculty. Students must prepare and complete an approved program of study for both major and minor.