List of Top Ocean Engineering Schools and Colleges

Some of the top schools to offer ocean engineering programs provide Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D.s in the field. Read on to learn about program specifics, rankings and other details for these top programs.

Schools Overview

This article identifies two of the best schools in the nation through which top ocean engineering degree programs are offered. Both have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for their engineering programs and both hold accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs related to ocean engineering are available.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

School Highlight: #1 graduate engineering and undergrad engineering program in the nation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is first among graduate engineering programs, as well as first among undergrad engineering programs, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The school's ocean engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering program is a mechanical engineering program that focuses in ocean engineering. A Master of Science (M.S.) in Ocean Engineering program is available for those interested in oceanic development and social concern issues. The M.S. in Applied Ocean Science and Engineering is a joint program offered along with the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute. The program is designed for those who wish to work in the exploration, measurement, mapping, and use of the oceans.

The doctoral programs available at MIT are the Doctor or Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), which differ in name only. The programs include a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Ocean Engineering program and a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Applied Ocean Science and Engineering.

2. Texas A & M University at College Station

School Highlight: Ranked 12th in graduate engineering in the nation.

Texas A & M University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas. The ocean engineering programs at Texas A & M are accredited by ABET. Texas A & M's graduate engineering program was ranked 12th in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

The B.S. in Coastal and Ocean Engineering program has fields of study in several areas, including oceanography, ocean engineering design structural mechanics, and ocean wave mechanics. A Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Coastal and Ocean Engineering program is available for those who want to perform oceanic engineering research. An M.S. in Coastal and Ocean Engineering program has similar coursework but more research than the M.Eng. program. Students in the Ph.D. in Coastal and Ocean Engineering program can emphasize ocean engineering, offshore engineering, or coastal engineering.

Top Schools for Ocean Engineering

College/University Name Distinction Location
Florida Atlantic University Students can perform research at the state-of-the-art Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering, located in Dania Beach, FL. Boca Raton, FL
North Carolina State University at Raleigh The Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering offers extension programs for students. Raleigh, NC
Purdue University Purdue tied for eighth place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of best graduate engineering schools. West Lafayette, IN
University of Florida Students have access to research centers such as the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands and the Water Resources Research Center. Gainesville, FL
University of Hawaii at Manoa The university's location offers students access to several unique research centers, including the Kilo Nalo Oahu Reef Observatory and the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. Honolulu, HI
University of Texas at Austin UT-Austin ranked #10 on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking of best engineering schools. Austin, TX
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Students have access to research vessels that travel around the world. Seattle, WA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University The school enrolls about 550 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students in its aerospace and ocean engineering programs as of 2015. Blacksburg, VA

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