MIT-WHOI Joint Program

MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering

Considered one of the top two marine science programs in the world, the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography attracts students who believe that an improved understanding of the oceans—and the interactions of the oceans with the atmosphere, land, and human civilization—is essential to inform policies that will ensure a better quality of life for present and future generations.

Together, the two institutions have created one of the largest oceanographic facilities in the world, offering joint doctoral and professional degrees in oceanography and applied ocean science and engineering. Graduate study in oceanography encompasses virtually all the basic sciences as they apply to the marine environment: physics, chemistry, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, and biology. In partnership with EAPS, WHOI offers degrees in chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, and marine geology and geophysics.

The Joint Program’s world-class field research capabilities provide students with unparalleled opportunities to conduct their work at sea. WHOI supports one of the largest research fleets in the United States—a fleet that includes Atlantis, one of the nation’s newest research vessels, and Alvin, a deep-sea submersible.

Program Director: Prof. Ed Boyle, Director
Degrees Offered: S.M., Sc. D., Ph.D.