Following are the top leading schools for oceanography programs:

University of California, San Diego
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world.
- The National Research Council has ranked Scripps 1st in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide.
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been ranked 11th best in North America and 4th best on the West Coast in The Scientist magazine's "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" survey.

Stony Brook University
- The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences is a leading school for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. It is one of the top coastal oceanography institutions in the world.
- The Marine Sciences Research Center was ranked 1st in coastal oceanography and 8th overall by the National Research Council (NRC) for PhD programs in oceanography.

University of Southern California
- Graduate study in marine biology and biological oceanography is administered through the Department of Biological Sciences and leads to the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences degree.
- The Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography program was ranked as one of the top five marine graduate programs in the nation (Chronicle of Higher Education 2007 Vol LIII Number 19).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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