Dr. Peter Fisher (Marine Institute) - Chair
Dr. Michael Wernerheim (Economics)
Mr. Cyr Couturier (Marine Institute)
Ms. Donna Stapleton (Business Administration)
Dr. Joe Wroblewski (Ocean Sciences Centre)

The program will be administered by a Program Committee consisting of five members appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The degree Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) is a multi-disciplinary program of study which will provide the candidate with exposure to all dimensions of modern Fisheries Resource Management. The program is available on a full-time or part-time basis to students who have an undergraduate degree and some exposure to the fishery. All candidates must take the full complement of 21 credit hours plus a required seminar and must submit a substantial report on a topic chosen in consultation with the Program Committee. Candidates registered on a full-time basis will normally complete the program in one academic year.






1. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. A maximum of 15 students will be admitted in any one year. To be considered for admission to the program an applicant must normally have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of a high second class standing from an institution recognized by the Senate.

2. In addition to the academic requirements in (1) applicants must normally demonstrate several years of commitment to fisheries through employment directly in one sector of the fishery, in a regulatory agency or government department connected to fisheries, in a non-governmental agency, or through self employment or consulting related to fisheries.

3. Applicants must submit, along with the normal academic application form, a letter outlining their reasons for applying for admission to the program and their expectations from the program.

4. In exceptional cases persons who do not meet the requirements specified in (1) but who have a significant connection to fisheries and demonstrated experience at a level acceptable to the Program Committee may be admitted. Such persons will undergo an extensive interview by the Program Committee before being admitted.

5. Students will normally only be admitted to the program in September. Applications for admission in September must be received no later than April 30 of the year in which admission is sought.


1. The program consists of 21 credit hours which will normally consist of the courses numbered 6001-6007 listed below, the seminar course and the major report. Each course will normally be offered only once in an academic year with four courses offered in the Fall Semester and four, including the Seminar course offered in the Winter. Candidates are expected to undertake and complete the work required for the Report in the Spring Semester. Those admitted as full-time students at the beginning of an academic year in September will normally complete all requirements for the program, including the Report by the end of the academic year, i.e., the following August.

2. A waiver of a program course may be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Program Committee if the candidate can demonstrate to the Program Committee that the material in the course has been substantially covered by a course taken at this or another recognized university. In such cases the course must be replaced by another course by the candidate in consultation with, and approved by, the Program Committee. This replacement course must be taken during the candidate's period of enrollment in the program.


1. Candidates for the Master's Degree must obtain a grade of B or better in all program courses and successfully complete the seminar and the major report.

2. Candidates who have received a grade less than a B in a program course will be permitted to remain in the program, provided the course is retaken and passed with a grade of B or better. Alternatively the candidate may, on the recommendation of the Program Committee, substitute another graduate course. Only one such repeat or substitution will be permitted in the program.

3. The major report is a fundamental component of the program. The topic of the report will be chosen by the candidate in consultation with the Program Committee. Normally the report will be multi-disciplinary in nature, although in exceptional circumstances it may be undertaken in a single discipline. The report will be 10,000-15,000 words in length and will normally be undertaken in the final semester of the program. It will be assessed in accordance with General Regulation J of the School of Graduate Studies.


6001. Fisheries Ecology
6002. Quantitative Methods in Fisheries
6003. Fisheries Economics
6004. Fisheries Policy
6005. Fisheries Planning and Development
6006. Business Management for Fisheries
6007. Evolution of Fisheries
6008. Seminar in Fisheries Management

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