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SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2021 GRADUATE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES AT MASSACHUSETTS
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION//
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1520.31D, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-WOODS
HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION JOINT MASTERS IN OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAM.//
POC/SAUNDERS/CIV/OPNAV N2N6C1/TEL: (703) 604-6292/
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces eligibility requirements and application
procedures for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 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. Six quotas are available for the June 2021 program start. Applications
can be submitted online now at https://gradapply.mit.edu/whoi_navy. MIT
deadline for applications is 1 October 2020. Program information and
admission requirements can be found online at http://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-education-
3. Eligibility and program requirements for active duty officers in FY-21
a. Warfare qualified officers from any unrestricted line community.
b. Warfare qualified restricted line 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 2021 to start summer refresher coursework.
4. Selectees are eligible for the 6402P subspecialty code (Operational
Oceanography) after fully satisfying the educational skill requirements.
5. Selectees may defer enrollment for up to one year to meet operational and
6. 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.
7. Interested applicants should submit an online application and Graduate
Record Examination (GRE) results 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.
8. Applicants must contact their detailer for counseling on the career
impact of participation in the MIT-WHOI masters degree program. An
endorsement letter from the detailer is required.
9. A separate application package must be sent via encrypted email to Mr.
Michael Saunders, OPNAV N2N6C1, by 1 October 2020, at the email listed below.
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
e. Copies of all post-secondary education transcripts
f. Copy of Statement of Objective essay from the MIT-WHOI application
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.
10. Overall point of contact is Mr. Michael Saunders, OPNAV N2N6C1, (703)
604-6292 or michael.saunders(at)navy.mil. For questions regarding the MIT
application, point of contact is Ms. Kris Kipp, Academic Administrator, MIT -
WHOI Joint Program, (617) 253-7544 or kipp(at)mit.edu.
11. This message is canceled for record purposes on 31 March 2021.
12. Released by VADM Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//