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School of Graduate Studies (2016/2017)
17.2 Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management)

The Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) is a multi-disciplinary program of study that will provide the candidate with exposure to all dimensions of modern fisheries resource management in an international context. The program is aimed at professionals working in or intending to enter careers in fisheries management. The program is offered online and requires successful completion of either 24 credit hours of course work and a Major Report, or 30 credit hours of course work. Students who have successfully completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma may elect to continue their program of study in order to earn the Degree.

17.2.1 Admission Requirements
  1. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. 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, applicants will normally have a demonstrated commitment to fisheries through employment or experience in a 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 activities related to fisheries.

  3. In exceptional cases, applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission. Preference will be given to those who have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience, and have successfully completed several years of post-secondary studies. Applicants who do not meet normal admission requirements shall be required to complete, with a high level of achievement, certain undergraduate courses before being considered for admission.

  4. Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or Internet based score of 92-93 (or higher); or

    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

    Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service at wwww.ets.org. IELTS information is available at www.ielts.org. It is noted that other equivalent tests acceptable to the School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

  5. The deadlines for submission of applications for candidates wishing to enter the program are as follows:

    • Fall (September) semester: June 15
    • Winter (January) semester: October 15
    • Spring (May): semester: February 15

    Applications received after listed deadlines will be considered as time and resources permit.

17.2.2 Program of Study
  1. Candidates for the Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) shall be required to complete a minimum of either:

    1. 24 credit hours of course work plus a Major Report on the Course Work Plus a Major Report Route completed in accordance with General Regulation, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies. Course work must include the following course selections from the Courses section below:

      • 5 core courses (15 credit hours)

      • 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category A Electives

      • 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

      • 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B

    2. 30 credit hours on a Comprehensive Course Route which must include the following course selections from the Courses section below:

      • 5 core courses (15 credit hours)

      • 2 elective courses (6 credit hours) from Category A Electives

      • 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

      • 2 elective courses (6 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B

  2. Dependent upon the applicant’s academic background, other courses may be required by the Academic Advisory Committee.

  3. Transfer of credit for graduate courses completed in other programs at the University or at other institutions recognized by Senate will be considered in accordance with School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Transfer of Course Credits.

  4. Those having partially completed the requirements for the degree under 2011-2012 Calendar Regulations may apply to transfer to one of the above program options and will be considered in accordance with the following:

    1. Those having previously completed all coursework required for the degree, but who have not submitted the Major Report, may satisfy the Comprehensive Course Route requirements by successfully completing an additional 6 credit hours of courses as follows:

      • MSTM 6005 (for students who completed the former FRM 6009 to satisfy the 24 credit hours of courses required under previous program regulations, an additional elective course chosen from Category A or B must be selected in place of this course)

      • One further elective course (3 credit hours) from Category A or B electives

    2. Those having previously completed all coursework required for the degree may satisfy the Major Report requirements by successfully completing:

      • MSTM 6001 (or the former FRM 6001)

      • MSTM 6002 (or the former FRM 6002)

      • MSTM 6003 (or the former FRM 6003)

      • MSTM 6004 (or either of the former FRM 6004 or FRM 6005)

      • MSTM 6005 (or the former FRM 6009)

      • a Major Report completed in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies together with the following course selections from the Courses section below:

        1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category A Electives

        1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

        1 elective course (3 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B. The former FRM 6007 and/or FRM 6008 may be used to partially satisfy the elective requirement.

    3. Those having previously partially completed the coursework required for the degree may satisfy the Comprehensive Course Route requirements by successfully completing:

      • MSTM 6001 (or the former FRM 6001)

      • MSTM 6002 (or the former FRM 6002)

      • MSTM 6003 (or the former FRM 6003)

      • MSTM 6004 (or either of the former FRM 6004 or FRM 6005)

      • MSTM 6005 (or the former FRM 6009) together with the following course selections from the Courses section below:

        1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category A Electives

        1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

        3 elective courses (9 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B. The former FRM 6007 and/or FRM 6008 may be used to partially satisfy the elective requirement.

17.2.2.1 Course Work Plus a Major Report Route

24 credit hours of course work plus a Major Report completed in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies. Course work must include the following course selections from the Courses section below:

  1. 5 core courses (15 credit hours)

  2. 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category A Electives

  3. 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

  4. 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B

17.2.2.2 Comprehensive Course Route

30 credit hours on the Comprehensive Course Route which must include the following course selections from the Courses section below:

  1. 5 core courses (15 credit hours)

  2. 2 elective courses (6 credit hours) from Category A Electives

  3. 1 elective course (3 credit hours) from Category B Electives

  4. 2 elective courses (6 credit hours) from either Category A or Category B

17.2.3 Evaluation
  1. Candidates for the Master’s Degree must obtain a grade of B or better in all program courses.

  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 Academic Advisory Committee, substitute another graduate course. Only one such repeat or substitution will be permitted in the program.

  3. The Major Report will normally be undertaken towards the end of the program. The topic of the report and a faculty Supervisor will be chosen by the candidate in consultation with the Academic Advisory Committee. The report provides an opportunity to synthesize an original perspective on a selected fisheries issue through the examination of appropriate literature and other sources of information. Normally the report will be multi-disciplinary in nature and will result in a document equivalent to a publishable periodical journal article or a consultant's report on a particular issue. It will be assessed in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies.

17.2.4 Courses
17.2.4.1 Core Courses
  • MSTM 6001 Fisheries Ecology (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6001 and the former FRM 6001)
  • MSTM 6002 Fisheries Resource Assessment Strategies (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6002 and the former FRM 6002)
  • MSTM 6003 Fisheries Economics (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6003 and the former FRM 6003)
  • MSTM 6004 Fisheries Policy and Planning (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6004, the former FRM 6004, and the former FRM 6005)
  • MSTM 6005 Overview of World Fisheries (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6005 and the former FRM 6009)
17.2.4.2 Category A Electives
  • MSTM 6006 Business Management for Fisheries (credit may be obtained for only one of MSTM 6006 and the former FRM 6006)
  • MSTM 6007 Fisheries Technology
  • MSTM 6008 Social and Philosophical Issues of Fisheries Management
  • MSTM 6009 Current Issues for Sustainable Fisheries
  • MSTM 6010 Legal Aspects of Fisheries Resource Management
17.2.4.3 Category B Electives
  • MSTM 6022 Communication and Conflict Resolution in a Technical Environment
  • MSTM 6023 Strategic Planning, Policy, Participation and Management in Technical Operations
  • MSTM 6033 Quality Systems
  • MSTM 6034 Project Management in the Offshore, Health, Fisheries and Engineering Technology Environments
  • MSTM 6039 Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
  • MSTM 6044 Marine Environment Law and Pollution Control
  • MSTM 6056 Management for International Development
  • MSTM 6071 Management of Aquaculture Technology