Enter the degrees, minutes, and seconds of an angle into the calculator. The DMS calculator will return the total angle value in degrees.

## Degrees Minutes Seconds Formula

The following formula is used to calculate total degrees from degrees, minutes, and seconds.

Degrees = D + M/60 + S/3600

- Where D is degrees
- M is minutes
- S is seconds

## DMS Definnition

DMS is short for degrees/minutes/seconds, and it is used in nautical fields to determine the exact direction and movement of a sea-fearing vessel.

## How to calculate degrees from DMS?

How to calculate degrees from DMS?

**First, determine the number of whole degrees.**Measure the number of whole degrees.

**Next, determine the number of minutes.**Measure the number of minutes.

**Next, determine the number of seconds.**Measure the number of seconds.

**Finally, calculate the exact degrees.**Calculate the exact degrees using the formula above.

## FAQ

**What is DMS?**

DMS is short for the term degrees-minutes-seconds. It’s used most often in nautical situations where a direction is trying to be described. Since accuracy is very important degrees minutes seconds are used instead of the decimal for of degrees. For example, 12.012359 degrees is a lot more difficult to say and remember than something like 12 degrees, 6 minutes, 4 seconds.