FISCAL YEAR 2023 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 MASTERS IN OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAM.
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1520.23C CHANGE TRANSMITTAL 3, GRADUATE EDUCATION.//
POC/SAUNDERS/CIV/OPNAV N2N6IP4/TEL: (703) 693-4160/EMAIL:
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces eligibility requirements and application
procedures for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT)-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Masters
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. Five quotas are available for the June 2023 program start. Applications
can be submitted online starting 1 July 2022 at
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 2022. 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 2023
a. Warfare qualified officers from any unrestricted line community.
b. Warfare qualified officers in designator 1800.
c. Midshipmen 1st Class at U.S. 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 2023 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 are not a
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 five
applications are accepted by MIT-WHOI, a Navy selection board will be
convened to select the five candidates.
9. Applicants must contact their detailer for counseling on the career
of participation in the MIT-WHOI masters degree program. An endorsement
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 2022, 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 Point of Contact (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 2023.
13. Released by VADM Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//