Bachelor of Maritime Studies

The Bachelor of Maritime Studies is a unique professional degree offered specifically for those pursuing careers in the maritime and related industries. The programme is designed for those who have graduated from accredited, or Transport Canada approved, Diploma of Technology programmes in marine fields. The student receives credit for the diploma courses as a block and undertakes a series of courses on a full time, part time or distance basis to satisfy the degree requirements. These courses provide the student with an introduction to human resource and business management concepts, and the social context in which their careers are based.

The programme is administered by a Programme Committee at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Marine Institute) having representatives from the Faculties of Arts, Business and Engineering and Applied Science, and from the School of Maritime Studies at the Marine Institute together with representatives from Canadian Forces (Naval Operations), Transport Canada (Marine Safety) and the Canadian Marine Transportation Industry.


To apply for this programme, you must submit the following to the Office of the Registrar:

a) Original Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions currently or previously attended;
b) Proof of Diploma (this may be on transcript) or copies of professional documents;
c) Application fee.

Applications and documentation must be mailed to:

Office of the Registrar
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NF
A1C 5S7

Applications to the programme will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the Programme Committee.

Applicants must meet the regular admission requirements of the University, and be eligible for admission in one of the following categories:

a) Applicants holding a diploma from the Marine Institute in nautical science or marine engineering technology;

b) Applicants holding a diploma from the Marine Institute in naval architecture technology or marine engineering systems design technology;

c) Applicants holding a Canadian Technology Accreditation Board accredited, or Transport Canada approved, diploma in marine engineering technology or nautical science;

d) Applicants holding a Canadian or non-Canadian diploma similar to an accredited or Transport Canada approved Marine Institute diploma in nautical science, marine engineering technology, naval architecture technology or marine engineering systems design technology.

e) Applicants holding a Transport Canada Certificate of Competency at the Master Mariner or Engineering First Class level or equivalent;

f) Applicants holding a Transport Canada Certificate of Competency at the Master (Intermediate Voyage) level or equivalent;

g) Applicants holding a Transport Canada Certificate of Competency at the Engineering Second Class level or equivalent;

h) Applicants who have Canadian Forces (Naval Operations) training of a type and at a level acceptable to the Admissions Committee.


a) Specific regulations for the programme may be waived upon the approval of the Marine Institute Undergraduate Studies Committee upon the recommendation of the Programme Committee.

b) Regulations for the Diploma of Technology programmes are contained in the Marine Institute Calendar.


To be awarded a Bachelor of Maritime Studies a candidate shall successfully complete the following programme with a minimum average of 60% in the courses required for the degree:

1. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Maritime Studies must successfully complete the following courses:

One of: Business 2102. Introductory Accounting for Non-Business Students,

Business 5301. Organizational Theory, or

Business 7302. International Business;

Business 3320. Introduction to Labour Relations;
One of: Business 4320. Introduction to Personnel and Human Resource Management, or

Psychology 3501. Industrial Psychology;

Six credit hours in first year English (1080 and either 1101 or 1110 are recommended);
Economics 2010. Introduction to Microeconomics;
Economics 2020. Introduction to Macroeconomics;
Maritime Studies 4000. Technical Report;
Maritime Studies 4001. Ship Operations Management;
One of: Mathematics/Statistics 2500. Statistics for Business and Arts Students, or

Mathematics/Statistics 2550. Statistics for Life Science Students;

One of: Political Science 3210. International Law, or

Business 4000. Business Law I

and two courses chosen from the elective list below:

Business 1201. Principles of Marketing;
Business 4000. Business Law I;
One of: Business 6320. Advanced Labour Relations, or

Economics 3360. Labour Market Economics;

Economics 3030. International Economics - Issues and Problems in a Canadian Context;
One of: Engineering 4102. Engineering Economics, or

Technology 4020. Economic Management for Technologists

One of: Geography 3510. Geography of the Seas, or

Geography 3400. Lands and Seas of the Northern North Atlantic, or

History 3690. Maritime History of the North Atlantic from 1850;

Mathematics/Statistics 2501. Further Statistics for Business and Arts Students;
Political Science 3210. International Law
Political Science 4200. Special Topics in International Law;
One of: Psychology 2120. Interpersonal and Group Processes,

Sociology 3120. Social Psychology or

Sociology 2120. Technology and Society;

One of: Sociology/Anthropology 3317. Oil and Society, or

Sociology/Anthropology 4091. Oil and Development.

2. Students admitted under Admission Requirements Section 1.b), c), e), f) or g) above must successfully complete the following additional two courses as prerequisites for other courses in the programme:

Business 1000. Introduction to Business, and
Business 2301. Organizational Behaviour

a) Students admitted under Admission Requirements Section 1.f) above must successfully complete the additional courses:
Business 2000. Business Communications;
Either: Transport Canada - Ship Management 093 (Master Mariner); or
Both of: Marine Institute - Business and Organizational Management 3114 (Business of Shipping); and,

Marine Institute - Business and Organizational Management 3204 (Ship Management).

For students at this level, the pre-requisite(s) for Business and Organizational Management 3204 will be waived.

b) Students admitted under Admission Requirements Section 1.g) above must successfully complete the following additional courses:

Business 2000. Business Communications
Transport Canada - Applied Mechanics (1st Class)
Transport Canada - Thermodynamics (1st Class)
Transport Canada - Electrotechnology (1st Class)

3. Students admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Maritime Studies under Admission Requirements, Sections 1.d) or h), above may be required to complete courses in addition to those indicated in Degree Regulations, Section 1, above.

4. Students having completed the courses listed in Degree Regulations Section 1 as a component of their diploma programme, for which a waiver of any of these courses may be granted, are required to complete additional electives chosen from other university courses acceptable to the Programme Committee. Students granted a waiver of any degree requirements indicated under Degree Regulations Section 2 above are not required to complete additional courses.

5. Under exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the Programme Committee and the appropriate academic unit, courses other than those indicated may be substituted for the electives listed.


Maritime Studies 4000. Technical Report. This course provides a link between the courses of the Bachelor of Maritime Studies programme and the technical component from the diploma. It gives the student the opportunity to carry out an in-depth and guided study into an aspect of the maritime industries from a perspective provided by the degree programme. The course will normally be completed in the final semester of studies.

The course requires the identification, definition and completion of a project and the preparation of a formal report, under the guidance of a supervisor. The Programme Committee must approve both the topic and scope of the project and the supervisor. Students may begin work on their project concept at any time following admission to the Programme, but should submit a project concept paper and prepare a proposal during the semester prior to that in which they expect to register for and complete the project. The student must complete the report within one year of the Programme Committee's approval of the supervisor. Students will register for Maritime Studies 4000 in the semester they expect to complete the course and must submit the report no later than three weeks before the end of this semester.

Students must prepare and submit a project concept paper, a project proposal, progress reports and a project logbook, and a formal report. This report will demonstrate a high level of competence in written communication and presentation skills and will follow a standard format for formal technical reports. Students should consult the Maritime Studies 4000 Website ( for additional information. (Course fee: $1500)

Maritime Studies 4001. Ship Operations Management. This course will provide students with a conceptual understanding of owning or managing a marine shipping company from a Canadian perspective. Topics covered include basic trade theory, the structure of marine transportation companies, marine markets, charter parties, risk management, ship finance, budgeting, labour relations, crewing, ship construction and repair, an introduction to marine insurance, and current specialty topics in the shipping business. There will be assignments and major projects associated with this course.

NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Maritime Studies 4001 and the former Engineering 8065.

Last modified on May 10, 2001 by MaryJane Puxley

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