FY24 GRADUATE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES AT MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION:
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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1520.31D, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-WOODS
HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION JOINT MASTER'S IN OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAM.
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1520.23C CHANGE TRANSMITTAL 3, GRADUATE EDUCATION.//
POC/MICHAEL SAUNDERS/CIV/OPNAV N2N6IP4/-/TEL: (703) 693-4160/EMAIL:
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces eligibility requirements and application
procedures for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT)-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Master's
Degree in Oceanography Program. Where information differs between this
NAVADMIN and reference (a), this NAVADMIN takes precedence. This world-class
program offers deep knowledge of ocean processes, ocean vehicles and
instrumentation, acoustics, and signal processing. Furthermore, it seeks to
enhance understanding and application of operational oceanography as it
pertains to the Undersea Warfare domain.
2. Six quotas are available for the June 2024 program start. Applications
can be submitted online starting 1 July 2023 at
https://apply.mit.edu/apply/. The application fee is waived for all active
duty applicants. Applicants should contact Ms. Patricia Nesti (contact
information below) prior to applying to receive an application fee waiver
code. MIT deadline for applications is 1 October 2023. Program information
and admission requirements can be found online at https://mit.whoi.edu/,
within reference (a), and from the points of contact provided in this
message. Additionally, instructions to sign up for education program
notification are available at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/training-
3. Eligibility and program requirements for active duty officers in FY-24
a. Warfare qualified officers from any unrestricted line community.
b. Warfare qualified officers in designator 1800.
c. Midshipmen 1st Class at US Naval Academy (USNA) or Naval Reserve
Officer Training Corps (NROTC) who will be commissioned in the spring of
d. Applicants must meet the academic eligibility requirements of MIT-
e. Applicants must be available to report to MIT-WHOI at the beginning
of June 2024 to start summer refresher coursework.
4. Service obligation requirements: Per reference (b), officers selected
for this program must execute an agreement to remain on active duty, for a
period of three years after completion of or withdrawal from the
program. For any officer participating in this program without first serving
a tour in a permanent fleet billet (immediate graduate education), the
service obligation for this program (81 months) will be served consecutively
to their initial service obligation, not to exceed 10 years from the date of
5. Selectees are eligible for the 6402P subspecialty code (Operational
Oceanography) after fully satisfying the educational skill requirements.
6. Selectees may defer enrollment for up to one year to meet operational and
7. Two fields of study are offered through the program. The Applied Ocean
Science and Engineering field of study is associated with the Mechanical
Engineering Department at MIT and the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and
Engineering Department at WHOI. The Physical Oceanography field of study is
associated with Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT and the
Department of Physical Oceanography at WHOI. Applicants must select the
field for which they are applying during the application process.
8. Interested applicants should submit an online application directly to the
MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results will not
be mandatory component of the application this year. However, if applicants
desire their results to be included in their application package, the results
must be sent directly to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. If more than six
applications are accepted by MIT-WHOI, a Navy selection board will be
convened to select the six candidates.
9. Applicants must contact their detailer for counseling on the career
impact of participation in the MIT-WHOI master's degree program. An
endorsement letter from the detailer is required.
10. A separate application package must be sent via encrypted email to Mr.
Michael Saunders, OPNAV N2N6IP4, by 1 October 2023, at the email listed in
paragraph 11. This package must include:
a. Commanding Officer endorsement
b. Detailer endorsement letter (with the exception of USNA and NROTC
c. Last three fitness reports
d. Copy of GRE scores (not mandatory)
e. Copies of all post-secondary education transcripts
f. Copy of Statement of Objective essay from the MIT-WHOI application to
include a statement on how they found out about the program.
g. In lieu of fitness reports, USNA and NROTC Midshipmen may submit
three letters of recommendation from professors and military faculty
highlighting academic and military accomplishments and capabilities.
11. Overall POC is Mr. Michael Saunders, OPNAV N2N6IP4, (703) 693-4160 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the MIT
application, POC is Ms. Patricia Nesti, Program Administrator, MIT-WHOI Joint
Program, (617) 253-7544 or email@example.com.
12. This message is canceled for record purposes on 31 March 2024.
13. Released by VADM Jeffrey Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//