Marine Studies

Why Marine Studies @ Memorial?

Memorial’s graduate diploma and master’s program in marine studies will enhance your work or career progression by providing a wealth of knowledge with real world applications. You will develop, through formal education, those skills that are essential to the management of fisheries resources. This multidisciplinary program will provide an understanding of relevant concepts in biology, economics, and business, as well as fisheries policy and planning. While focused primarily on the North Atlantic, the program also deals with major world fisheries as well as quantitative assessment methods. The program is applicable to all facets of the industry, and is a must for individuals involved in the day-to-day business of fisheries resource management locally, nationally, or internationally. The programs are offered through Memorial’s Fisheries and Marine Institute – Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education and training for the ocean industries.

Description of programs

  • Graduate diploma – The graduate diploma program involves courses only and can be completed in one year of full-time study.
  • MMS – The MMS program offers both course and thesis options, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Find a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to find a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Fisheries and Marine Institute website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • Graduate diploma, MMS – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study; applicants will normally have a demonstrated commitment to the fishery through employment or experience in a sector of the fishery, in a regulatory agency or government department connected to the fisheries, in a non-governmental agency, or through self-employment or relevant professional consulting activities


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma, MMS


course, thesis


Graduate diploma, MMS: 1-2 years

Campus: Online

Application Deadline:

June 15 for Fall admission

October 15 for Winter admission

February 15 for Spring admission


MMS: $3,800 

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Tuition (Canadian students):

2016-2017 academic year
Graduate diploma: $420/semester
MMS: $632-$953/semester

Tuition (International students):

2016-2017 academic year
Graduate diploma: $546/semester
MMS: $822-$1,239/semester

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