GSO at a Glance
Founded on the shore of picturesque Narragansett Bay more than fifty years ago, the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) has established a global reputation for excellence in marine research, teaching, outreach, and exploration of the world’s oceans and coasts.
- More than $25 million in yearly research support
- Over 300 research projects
- More than 50 faculty and research scientists
- Over 70 graduate students
- 150 professional, technical, and support staff
- Over 800 alumni
With its home port at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus, the 185-foot research ship, RV Endeavor represents the flagship of myriad research vessels and shore-based facilities operated by GSO. The school’s researchers investigate local to global-scale phenomena, providing greater breadth and depth of scientific understanding through innovative laboratory- and field-based projects, while employing advanced real-time communications to support ship-based ocean exploration throughout the world. GSO’s disciplinary strengths span physical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and biological oceanography. Currently GSO offers a range of degree programs:
- PhD in Oceanography
- MS in Oceanography
- MO in Oceanography
- Dual degree programs with Business, Marine Affairs, and History
GSO is also home to unique outreach expertise in the fields of science communication, coastal policy and management, and marine education. These nationally and internationally recognized entities offer training; convene scientists, journalists, stakeholders, and policymakers; work to advance sound decision-making about resources use; and help diverse audiences better understand the world’s coastal and ocean environments.
- Coastal Institute
- Coastal Resources Center
- Inner Space Center
- Metcalf Institute
- Office of Marine Programs
- Rhode Island Sea Grant
Mission and Vision
To prepare the next generation of world-class marine scientists; contribute relevant research at the leading edge of science; and to provide education, outreach and communication to diverse audiences around the world. This mission is achieved through a well-articulated strategic plan, an aggressive development strategy, innovative and novel ideas, and a supported master plan that enables refurbishment, replacement, and maintenance of state-of-the-art facilities and research vessels that keep pace with continually advancing technology, tools, and science/research/teaching protocols.
To be the gold standard for ocean science academics, land- and sea-based research, and facilities that guide and enable domestic and international efforts to protect, preserve, and understand our world’s oceans, waterways, and changing coastal landscape and environment; as well as the impact on our national security and economic interests.