We offer PH.D. and M.S. degrees in 6 programs:

Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Society, Marine Geosciences, Meteorology, and Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Sciences. We offer highly competitive stipend rates, tuition, and health insurance coverage for our incoming Ph.D. students as part of a fully-funded 5-year Graduate Assistantship. Finally, as part of our revitalized connections across colleges and to take advantage of our unique research facilities, we offer an M.S. degree in both Ocean Engineering and Sustainable Business. Our graduate students also take advantage of nearby NOAA facilities including the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and the National Hurricane Center.


PhD Assistantships can be found here:


Atmospheric Science

(M.S., Ph.D.)

(M.P .S. in Weather Forecasting, Climate and Society, and Broadcast Meteorology)


The Atmospheric Science department is designed to prepare students with the tools, training, and education necessary to tackle critical research problems in the atmospheric sciences today. Our faculty are experts in a wide range of research areas, including tropical meteorology, climate dynamics, cloud and aerosol processes, and atmospheric chemistry. Their expertise and guidance and our world-class facilities prepare our students for successful careers in the atmospheric sciences and related fields.


Marine Biology and Ecology

(M.S., Ph.D.)

(M.P .S. in Marine Mammal Science and Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management)


The Marine Biology and Ecology department focuses on a wide range of field, laboratory, and theoretical coursework in a range of research areas, such as coral reef studies, biological oceanography, fisheries, genomics, and the physiology and behavior of marine animals. The department has many international collaborators participating in multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research programs. Graduate students can choose from a wide range of research areas and coursework taught by an internationally recognized scientist studying corals and climate change, fisheries biology, and conducting biomedical research.


Marine Ecosystems and Society

(M.S., Ph.D.)

(M.P.S. in Aquaculture, Coastal Zone Management, Exploration Science, Fisheries Management and Conservation, Marine Conservation, and Underwater Archaeology)


Students enrolled in Marine Ecosystems and Society work at the intersection of science and society committed to assessing, managing, and conserving marine resources through innovation and research. Although course selections are tailored to match individual research and career objectives, our graduates acquire knowledge and expertise critical to ensuring the sustainability of natural resources. The goal of our Ph.D. and M.S. program is to prepare students as future leaders in the fields of marine fisheries science, ecosystem modeling, aquaculture, conservation, ecosystem science, coastal geography, socioeconomics, cultural and natural resource management, climate change, environmental law, and marine policy.


Marine Geosciences

(M.S., Ph.D., and certificate program)


Marine Geosciences is focused on studying the geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the earth system, beneath, within, and above the oceans. Students work closely with faculty at the forefront of research on earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, hydrothermal seafloor vents, and paleoclimate. MGS faculty and students also emphasize interdisciplinary study where geological phenomena interact with or are influenced by processes generally studied in other disciplines, such as ocean currents, climate, and biological evolution. This research uses pioneering remote sensing techniques to assess the earth's crustal movement and sedimentation in coastal zones.


Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

(M.S., Ph.D.)


The Meteorology and Physical Oceanography graduate program was founded on the premise that oceanic and atmospheric dynamics are governed by a set of similar physical principles, and that much insight can be gained by studying their dynamics from a common perspective. The program requires students to develop expertise in both systems and prepares students to conduct leading-edge research using a complementary set of theoretical, observational, and modeling approaches. The curriculum forms a strong foundation for research on a broad spectrum of topics that include air-sea interaction, the global thermohaline circulation, tropical cyclones, El Nino, the Madden-Julian Oscillations, and the evolution of the Earth's climate.


Ocean Sciences

(M.S., Ph.D.)

(M.P.S. in Applied Remote Sensing and Natural Hazards and Catastrophes)


The mission of the Ocean Sciences department is to provide our students with specialized knowledge in important ocean science sub-disciplines as well as a broad understanding of the ocean as a key component of the Earth System. Our students advance the understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ocean and their interactions. Students learn first-hand about instrumentation and methods to measure the ocean using both in-situ and space-based sensors, and about the laboratory, analytical, and numerical models to understand oceanic processes. Our graduates develop into international leaders of ocean research, into teachers and communicators of ocean sciences, and into leaders and advisors of marine education, policy, and conservation.


Master of Professional Science

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) is an accelerated, graduate degree intended for students who want to generate innovative solutions to the marine, coastal, and climate-related issues. Students enrolled in this program are exposed to a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum, including science theory, field and laboratory training, legal and regulatory knowledge, communication and media training, and the development of project management skills, designed to prepare them to address environmental challenges as future global leaders.


Atmospheric Science (ATM) Tracks


Broadcast Meteorology

This track option prepares students for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism.


Climate and Society

This track focuses on the financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events and how they pose important scientific and socio-economic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes.


Weather Forecasting

This track includes graduate-level course work in the analysis and preparation of weather forecasts, the effective use of numerical models, satellite, Doppler radar, and upper-air data, and the application of this information to support a variety of specialized end-users, including agriculture, utilities, insurance, transportation, construction, and other weather-sensitive industries.


Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE) Tracks


Marine Mammal Science

Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care.


Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management

The Master of Professional Science Degree in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field.


Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) Tracks



The Professional Master's Program in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from the site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery, and grow-out technology, and commercialization.


Coastal Zone Management

The track in Coastal Zone Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.


Exploration Science

Exploration Science is the applied practice and study of field research using a wide variety of methods, technologies, and approaches to drive question-based scientific endeavors. This field fosters scientific inquiry and the application of expedition skills within a context that acknowledges the cultural and ethical implications of exploration


Fisheries Management and Conservation

The Fisheries Management and Conservation track is a unique, academic program that allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a fishery scientist with curriculum options in various relevant areas of interest, such as fishery management, fishery surveys, and quantitative fisheries.


Marine Conservation

The Professional Master Degree in Marine Conservation provides students with advanced training in both the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as the practical aspects required to begin a career in this field. From sharks to sea turtles and debris-free oceans to outreach and education.


Underwater Archeology

The MPS Underwater Archaeology track, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important field.


Ocean Sciences (OCE) Tracks


Applied Remote Sensing

The Applied Remote Sensing Track is tailored to the needs of students who seek to gain theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors.


Natural Hazards and Catastrophes

The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing).


Joint Degree Tracks


The University of Miami School of Law and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offer a joint degree program in law and marine ecosystems and society. Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Professional Science in Marine Ecosystems from the Rosenstiel School.



I also wanted to let you know where the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science would be recruiting this upcoming Fall (Ph.D., MS, and Master of Professional Science). See below for dates and locations and feel free to send me a text or email to schedule some 1 on 1 time to discuss our programs (either via phone or while we are in your area). If you would like to bring us in to chat with clubs/organizations/classes, please reach out to jcoco@rsmas.miami.edu

September 17: University of Minnesota/Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

September 18: University of Wisconsin - Madison, and University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

September 19: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee/Marquette University

September 20: Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago, IL

September 23-24: Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University

September 25: Michigan State University/East Lansing, MI

September 26: University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, MI

September 27: Bowling Green State University, OH

October 4-7: Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE

October 9: Beijing

October 10-11: Hong Kong

October 14: Tokyo

October 15-16: Seoul

October 17-18: Ocean University/Qingdao

October 21: Shanghai

October 29: Texas A&M - CC/University of Texas Marine Science Institute / Corpus Christi, TX

October 30: Texas A&M - Galveston/Houston

October 31: Texas A&M - College Station

November 1: Texas State University/San Marcos, TX

November 4: University of Texas/Austin, TX

November 12: University of Oregon/Oregon State University / Eugene, OR / Newport, OR / Charleston, OR

November 13: University of Portland/Portland State University / Lewis and Clark

November 14: University of Washington/Seattle, WA

November 15: University of British Columbia/Vancouver, Canada

November 18: UC-San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego State University

November 19: UC-Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University

November 20-22: Los Angeles, CA/UCLA, USC, Scripps College, California State University - Long Beach

December 9-13: AGU Conference/San Francisco, CA (possibly travel as far as Monterey Bay)

January 10-16: AMS Annual Meeting 2020/Boston, MA

February 16-21: Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020/San Diego, CA

*Application Deadlines for PhD and MS

  • Priority Deadline for Fall Admission: December 1
  • Final Deadline for Fall Admission: January 1

Link to apply: https://admissions.rsmas.miami.edu/index.html

Link to virtual tour: https://www.rsmas.miami.edu/about-us/virtual-tour/index.html

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