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. We'll explore program specifics, rankings and other details for these top programs. View article »

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Schools Overview

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in ocean engineering are available from some of the top institutions in the country. We'll explore a few of these schools and the unique programs that they offer interested students. We'll identify three of the best schools in the nation through which top ocean engineering degree programs are offered. All have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for their engineering programs and 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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the #1 graduate engineering and undergraduate engineering program in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering program is a mechanical engineering program that focuses on 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, 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.

Texas A & M University

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas A & M University's graduate engineering program as the 11th in the nation. Texam A & M University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas.

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.

Florida Atlantic University

Students at Florida Atlantic University can perform research at the state-of-the-art Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering located at Dania Beach, Florida. U.S. News & World Report ranks Florida Atlantic University tied for 183rd best undergraduate program in engineering for 2017. Accredited by ABET since 1973, the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field.

The school offers a B.S. in Ocean Engineering program that concludes with an undergraduate senior capstone design. The Master of Science in Ocean Engineering is available in a thesis or non-thesis track. A Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering is also available, as well as graduate certificates in Marine Engineering Management. High achieving undergraduates can also apply to accelerated joint B.S./M.S. or B.S./Ph.D. programs in the field.

Other Top Schools

Now let's look at some other top schools for the field and what makes their programs unique.

College/University Name Distinction Location
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Houses the Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering that offers extension programs for students. Raleigh, NC
Purdue University Placed 9th on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best graduate engineering schools. West Lafayette, IN
University of Florida Allows students 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 tied for #11 on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranking of best undergraduate engineering schools. Austin, TX
University of Washington Gives students 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 2016. Blacksburg, VA

Students can pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Ocean Engineering from several top institutions in the U.S., including MIT. Students interested in these programs can distinguish these top schools through the specializations, facilities, and unique learning experiences they offer.

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