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SUBJECT: Marine Institute launches new master of maritime management program
DATE: April 20, 2010

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration, is launching a master of maritime management program which will provide those in the marine sector with professional development opportunities to facilitate advancement in management positions. All courses within the program will be offered fully online, attracting students from a global market and addressing the needs of this unique professional population.
The program will provide an understanding of the structure and operation of organizations and the factors that influence business decisions in the context of marine based organizations.
There will be a management focus through the development of knowledge and understanding of the nature of marine operations and the factors that have an impact on their success, as well as the ability to apply these concepts within their organizations. Elective courses will enable students to focus on particular aspects of maritime management most applicable to their situation and interests.
Dr. Peter Fisher, head of the Marine Institute’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs, explained that the new program will be of significant benefit, in terms of career progression to individuals working in the marine sector. “We launched the bachelor of maritime studies and bachelor of technology programs to provide individuals who had followed a technical post-secondary education with the opportunity to earn a degree, to advance in their chosen field. The introduction of the new master’s program is a natural extension of that process.
“The fact that the courses are offered online allows students who are continuing to work and who live at a distance from the institute to complete the program. This also enables us to offer the programs to graduate students around the world.”
Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for progression in management positions in the marine sector.
The program is open to those who have a bachelor of maritime studies, bachelor of technology or other undergraduate degree and who meet the general admission requirements of Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies. A minimum of two years related employment experience will also normally be required.
Students can learn more by visiting www.mi.mun.ca/mmm or by contacting the Marine Institute‘s co-ordinator of advanced programs (degree and graduate programs) at 709-778-0522 or 1-800-563-5799 ext. 0522, or by e-mail cap@mi.mun.ca.

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