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The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is the University of New Hampshire’s first "interdisciplinary school," designed to address today’s highly complex ocean and coastal challenges through integrated graduate education, research and engagement. As such, it serves as an interdisciplinary nexus for marine science and ocean engineering teaching and research across the university.

Combining traditional faculty and program strengths in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Ocean Engineering with an emerging Marine Policy focus, the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering provides its students with the scientific underpinnings of these disciplines while training them to contribute to and engage in scientifically-informed policy and resource management. 

A core tenet of the School is connecting societal need to the education and research mission of the programs.  This is accomplished through both individual inquiry-based research and the development of large integrative programs such as the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Response Research Center and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership that provide strong connections to federal, state and private sector partners.

While the faculty and programs of the School have national and international reach, they are fully engaged in regional issues within the Gulf of Maine and with state and local needs.  These efforts are supported through specialized facilities – including the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, the Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex Pier and Laboratory Facilities and the Shoals Marine Laboratory – and a diverse fleet of research vessels and specialized research equipment.


UNH is a premier marine science and ocean Engineering University and is among the best in the nation in basic and applied research and education in service to the nation.


The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, and staff. The mission of the School is to work across the university to enhance, facilitate and deliver internationally recognized, cross-disciplinary and high-impact research and education in marine science and ocean engineering.

  • Education: Attract graduate students by offering a world-class learning experience through active engagement in marine research and technology development.
  • Leadership: Prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, policy makers, and resource managers to be knowledgeable and effective leaders.
  • Innovation: Allow advancements in science and technology generated by considerable investments in research and infrastructure at UNH to be carried forward by the next generation.
  • Practicality: Help meet future needs of industry and federal, state, and local governments for a technologically trained workforce.
  • Collaboration: Leverage collective knowledge across the broad spectrum of marine-related disciplines including the social sciences and humanities.
  • Engagement: Develop focused programs for potential students and with stakeholders to engage policy makers, industry, and the public on marine-related scientific issues.
  • Responsibility: Advise federal, state and regional policy-makers on legislative and regulatory initiatives.