WHOI-Cornell University Cooperative Program


In fall, 2010, WHOI and Cornell University signed an agreement for a cooperative education program related to Cornell's Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)/Master of Science (M.S.) degree concentration in Ocean Science and Technology.  This agreement provides Cornell students with opportunities to enroll in WHOI courses and conduct design projects to construct, deploy and operate ocean observing systems and participate in the analysis/interpretation of the data streams produced under the supervision of WHOI scientists and engineers.  Focal areas for this M.Eng./M.S. program include the following:  Acoustical Oceanography; Observatory Cyberinfrastructure; Observatory In Situ Infrastructure: Cables; Communications, Moorings, Power, Sensors;  Optical Oceanography; Satellite Remote Sensing; Observatory Science  and Applications related to real-time data streams; Underwater Vehicles, and related topical areas.  Also, see Cornell Master of Engineering in Geological Sciences.

Cornell-WHOI Students participating in this program will be responsible for paying WHOI directly for tuition and fees, and housing if provided by WHOI.  Students taking courses offered at WHOI will be charged tuition at the same rate as they would pay at Cornell.  Rates for WHOI housing can be obtained by contacting the WHOI Housing Office.  WHOI courses are designed and taught as part of the joint Ph.D. program with MIT and are delivered at a level and on a schedule that fits the academic program of the MIT and WHOI partnership.  Some WHOI courses can also be offered for undergraduate credit.  Courses available to Cornell M.Eng./M.S. students  for any given semester will be provided on request.

Courses taken by Cornell students at WHOI will transfer credits according to the usual Cornell rules.  WHOI is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 

It is the responsibility of the student to find an appropriate WHOI adviser for the design project before starting the WHOI semester, although WHOI's Academic Programs  Office and the student's Cornell  academic adviser will assist with the WHOI adviser selection  process.  The WHOI Adviser, with input from the student's Cornell academic adviser, will provide guidance, review the written report of the project and provide written comments to the student's Cornell academic adviser who will determine an appropriate grade.  Transfer of graduate course credits for the design project will be determined according to the usual Cornell rules.

Students will be selected by Cornell to apply to the Cornell-WHOI   Program, and WHOI will have final approval on admission to the program.  Cornell students will be appointed as Guest Students which will provide them with a WHOI email account, as well as access to WHOI buildings and facilities, including the MBL-WHOI library.  Students residing at WHOI must be covered by health insurance approved by Cornell University.

Cornell undergraduate students are also eligible for the Semester at WHOI (SAW) program.