Masters of Operational Oceanography

A sustainable blue economy requires information to support decisions that enable the maritime industries while maintaining safety and protecting the environment.

Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences offers a compact 15 month Masters program in Integrated Ocean Observing. We provide students hands-on training that will prepare them for jobs spanning the maritime industry, offshore energy sector, local/state/federal agencies, and non-profits. In addition to coursework, students will get real-world experience in the operations center of a U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)-certified ocean observatory.

Rutgers DMCS Students will:

  • Deploy cutting edge technologies including ocean moorings, high frequency radar, underwater autonomous vehicles, buoyancy gliders, surface drifters, and autonomous surface vehicles
  • Learn about numerical forecast models
  • Master state-of-the-art software and data analysis methods for marine data
  • Take on and solve real world ocean observing challenges in collaboration with industry, government, and academic partners
  • Write a thesis and submit an abstract to the Marine Technology Society OCEANS meeting

For more information about the Masters of Operational Oceanography, please contact Nicholas Beaird.

Ocean Data Explorations

Looking for ways to connect your undergraduates in introductory courses with authentic ocean data? RUCOOL provides a range of free, interactive Data Explorations using authentic, raw data that is relevant to various concepts you are already teaching in introductory courses. The Data Explorations are quick (15-20 minute) interactions with data so that you can easily integrate them into your current classroom teaching while increasing your students understanding of the concept.

Polar Ice

Polar Ice

Polar Ice is a community of polar scientists and educators working together to improve understanding of polar science and data through workshops, data visualization tools, and data-focused activities. They work to connect a broad range of audiences to available polar science data and to the scientists who are collecting and analyzing these data.

Raritan Initiative

The Rutgers Raritan River Consortium (R3C) is a collaborative of faculty, staff and students from across the Rutgers New Brunswick-Piscataway campuses focused on enhancing the student experience, promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary research on Raritan issues, facilitating access to the Raritan, and providing open access to data about the Raritan and its resources. You can find information about the Consortium and the other Rutgers Raritan River Initiatives on our website at