The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering is a five-year doctoral degree program. The combined strengths of MIT and WHOI provide research and educational opportunities in scientific and engineering disciplines that contribute to ocean science. Many students carry out interdisciplinary research. Only U.S. Naval Officers are admitted to the Joint Program for a master's degree. Increasing representation, having a diverse student body, and advancing inclusion are critical to the MIT-WHOI JP’s mission, and to the missions of both MIT and WHOI.
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Student Videos, Blogs, & Articles
Follow the thoughts and activities of Joint Program students at home and in the field. Are you interested in STEM? Study the ocean. Checkout these videos, blogs, and articles.
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Online Application Deadlines
For US Naval Officers, the online application opened July 1 and deadline to apply was October 1. For doctoral students, applications for the 2023-2024 class have closed. The application portal for 2024-2025 will open in Fall 2023, and the deadline for all application materials is anticipated to be December 15 2023 by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.
For the 2023 admissions cycle, GRE scores will not be required but may be submitted as part of the Joint Program application.
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COVID-19 Guidelines & Updates
For prospective students, COVID-19 impacts on the application process are available on the FAQs webpage.
For current students, please review both MIT and WHOI COVID-19 guidelines and updates.