Deepen your knowledge base of marine science in a research-intensive program that prepares you to lead scientific inquiry in a university, government or corporate research setting.
Join a department well-grounded in research. Ph.D. students receive substantial financial support, including a tuition waiver and health insurance coverage, ensuring that you can focus wholeheartedly on your scholarly pursuits. USC fosters a vibrant academic community where students play an active role in shaping their research endeavors.
Receive a thorough education in marine science with insights from fields including engineering, chemistry, biology, policy and statistics.
Research Oriented Graduate Program
Conduct hands-on scientific research in our specialized laboratories, such as an on-site wet lab with flowing seawater.
Baruch Marine Field Lab
Participate in experiential learning and field research opportunities with access to our state's estuaries and coast.
Join a strong graduate student association and a committee to guide research efforts.
What You’ll Study
Ph.D. candidates design and execute a research project to make novel contributions to their field. They take courses covering advanced biological, chemical, geological oceanography and physical oceanography. Satellite oceanography is available, too. Graduates are positioned for higher-level research and academic careers.
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Environmental Consultant
- University Professor
- Marine Biologist
- Research Scientist