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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Graduate Programs

The graduate program in OEAS draws from the strength of our diverse faculty and their active research programs that span the globe. Graduate students have the opportunity to take part research projects among a broad suite of field sites from the local waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the polar oceans.

Many of our faculty take advantage of the nearby opportunities in Chesapeake Bay. OEAS operates the R/V Fay Slover, a 55 foot research vessel that is used for both undergraduate and graduate research in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Our small boat program also provides us will the ability to conduct work in the extremely shallow water coastal environments that are characteristic of our region. Check out our Alumni page to see our graduates!


Current masters' student Meredith McPherson, collecting seagrass from a meadow in Florida for her thesis project.

Graduate Academic and Research Options in OEAS

Our integrated curriculum of active learning through research and courses is designed to give graduates the skill sets and prepare them for a range of careers in academia, education and the private sector.

NEXT STEP: If you are interested in applying to the graduate program or just want to know more, please contact our graduate student liaison Dr. Victoria Hill vhill@odu.edu 757-683-4911

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: submission of your graduate student application is needed by 1st February for the fall semester. Students are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible to be included in scholarship opportunities.

OPEN HOUSE FOR PROPECTIVE STUDENTS: We hold an open house for admitted and prospective graduate students in early spring, where you can meet the faculty, tour the campus and local area and meet current and other prospective graduate students.

STUDENT SUPPORT: Our goal is to provide all our graduate students needed support through teaching or research assistantships.

RESEARCH LOCATIONS: Take a look at this map.