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School of Graduate Studies (2017/2018)
17.3 Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management)

The Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) is a multi-disciplinary academic program that provides students with both conceptual/theoretical background and practical applied skills in integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM) and marine spatial planning (MSP). The program provides a broad level understanding of planning processes and the governance, policy/legislative, ecological, social, cultural and economic elements of coastal and ocean areas complemented by practical and applied skills for stakeholder engagement, project management and utilization of geospatial technology to support planning and management efforts.

Successful completion of the program includes 30 credit hours of course work and an Internship or a Research Project.

The program commences in the Fall semester of each year.

17.3.1 Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a limited and competitive basis.

  1. To be considered for admission to the program an applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree from a university of recognized standing.

  2. Students intending to undertake electives in Decision Support / Geospatial Analysis (Category C) are required to have a background in mathematics, statistics and geographic information systems.

  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 www.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.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 15.

17.3.2 Program of Study

Students in the Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work and an Internship or Research Project. Course work includes 7 core courses: 6 courses (18 credit hours) completed online, 1 intensive hands-on course (3 credit hours) offered in a face-to-face environment, as well as 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) offered either online or on campus.

17.3.2.1 Core Courses

All students must complete the following compulsory core courses:

  • MSTM 6011 Introduction to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management / Marine Spatial Planning

  • MSTM 6012 Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis

  • MSTM 6013 Resource/Natural Environment and Ocean Use Characterization

  • MSTM 6014 Geospatial Analysis for Marine Spatial Planning (prerequisites: MSTM 6011, 6012, and 6013)

  • MSTM 6022 Communication and Conflict Resolution in a Technical Environment

  • MSTM 6027 Coastal and Ocean Environmental Policies

  • MSTM 6034 Project Management in the Offshore, Health, Fisheries and Engineering Technology Environments

17.3.2.2 Electives

Students will choose one of three options for elective course selection:

  • two Category A Electives plus one Category B Elective or

  • two Category B Electives plus one Category A Elective or

  • two Category C Electives plus one Category A or B Elective

Category A Electives: Natural Environment

  • ENVE/ENVS 6001 Earth and Ocean Systems

  • MSTM 6001 Fisheries Ecology

  • MSTM 6015 Marine Protected Areas

  • MSTM 6016 Coastal Geomorphology / Oceanography

Category B Electives: Human Environment

  • MSTM 6008 Social and Philosophical Issues in Sustainable Fisheries

  • MSTM 6017 Social and Cultural Aspects of Coastal Communities

  • MSTM 6018 Coastal and Ocean Economics

Category C Electives: Decision Support / Geospatial Analysis

  • GEOG 6120 Geospatial Modelling and Analysis

  • GEOG 6821 Advanced Computer Modelling/Habitat Mapping

17.3.2.3 Internship (MSTM 6019) or Research Project

All students must complete an Internship or Research Project. Normally students would be permitted to register for the Internship or Research Project only after all other course requirements have been met, or during the student's last semester of studies. Evaluation of the Research Project shall be carried out in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports in the School of Graduate Studies.

  1. Internship Requirements

    • Internships are normally proposed by the student and approved by the Academic Director in consultation with the Placement Officer. Internship placements may be local, national or international. Students seeking international internships must consult with the Academic Director early in the first year of their program.

    • Internships are for full-time employment hours for the duration of the semester (12 weeks)

    • Students must attend a scheduled pre-internship orientation workshop. See Pre-Internship Workshop below.

    • Each internship placement is supervised and evaluated by the on-site Supervisor assigned by the employer and the Academic Director. The internship shall consist of two components:

      • On-Site Student Performance as evaluated by the on-site Supervisor assigned by the employer, in consultation with the Academic Director and Placement Officer.

      • An Internship Report graded by the Academic Director in consultation with the on-site Supervisor assigned by the employer.

    • Evaluation of the Internship shall result in one of the following final grades: Pass or Fail.

    • A student must obtain a Pass in both the On-Site Student Performance and the Internship Report to obtain a final grade of Pass. If a student fails to achieve the internship standards specified above, the student may be required to repeat the internship. An internship may only be repeated once.

    • Students who voluntarily withdraw from the internship without prior approval from the Academic Director, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the host organization and the Placement Officer to terminate the placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Fail in the internship.

    • Students are not permitted to withdraw from the internship without prior approval of the Academic Director, in consultation with the Placement Officer. The Placement Officer will make a recommendation to the Academic Director who will make the final decision. Permission to withdraw from the internship does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved internship or research project in lieu of the internship dropped.

  2. Research Project Requirements

    • Research projects are normally proposed by the student and approved by the Academic Director.

    • Students must attend a scheduled pre-research project orientation workshop. See Pre-Research Project Workshop below.

    • Evaluation of the Research Project shall be carried out in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports in the School of Graduate Studies.

    • Students are not permitted to withdraw from the research project without prior approval of the Academic Director. Permission to withdraw from the research project does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved research project or internship in lieu of the research project dropped.

  3. Workshops

    Students are required to complete one of the following workshops:

    • Pre-Internship Workshop

      This online workshop reviews the Internship requirements. It aids students in writing resumes and cover letters, discusses interviewing practices and examines student/employer relationships. International internship opportunities and processes for application will be discussed. This workshop is held during the week following the end of the Winter semester.

    • Pre-Research Project Workshop

      This online workshop reviews the Research Project requirements, aids students in preparing a project concept, proposal and establishing the research project timelines, and provides access to information and resources necessary for approval and completion of the Research Project. This workshop is held during the week following the end of the Winter semester.

17.3.3 Advanced Standing

Students who have successfully completed the Marine Institute Advanced Diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management will be given advanced standing credit for MSTM 6012, 6013, 6016.

17.3.4 Transfer Credits

Up to three relevant elective courses (9 credit hours) may be transferred from other graduate programs within the School of Graduate Studies or from other post-secondary institutions recognized by Senate, subject to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Academic Director.

17.3.5 Evaluation
  1. Students in the Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) program must obtain a grade of B or better in all program courses.

  2. Students who receive a grade of less than B in any course will be permitted to remain in the program provided the course is repeated and passed with a grade of B or better. Alternatively, the student may, on the recommendation of the Academic Director, and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, substitute another graduate course. Only one course repetition or substitution will be permitted during the student’s program after which the student shall be required to withdraw from the program.

17.3.6 Courses
17.3.6.1 Core Courses
  • MSTM 6011 Introduction to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management / Marine Spatial Planning

  • MSTM 6012 Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis

  • MSTM 6013 Resource/Natural Environment and Ocean Use Characterization

  • MSTM 6014 Geospatial Analysis for Marine Spatial Planning (prerequisites: MSTM 6011, 6012, and 6013)

  • MSTM 6022 Communication and Conflict Resolution in a Technical Environment

  • MSTM 6027 Coastal and Ocean Environmental Policies

  • MSTM 6034 Project Management in the Offshore, Health, Fisheries and Engineering Technology Environments

17.3.6.2 Category A Electives: Natural Environment
  • ENVE/ENVS 6001 Earth and Ocean Systems

  • MSTM 6001 Fisheries Ecology

  • MSTM 6015 Marine Protected Areas

  • MSTM 6016 Coastal Geomorphology / Oceanography

17.3.6.3 Category B Electives: Human Environment
  • MSTM 6008 Social and Philosophical Issues in Sustainable Fisheries

  • MSTM 6017 Social and Cultural Aspects of Coastal Communities

  • MSTM 6018 Coastal and Ocean Economics

17.3.6.4 Category C Electives: Decision Support / Geospatial Analysis
  • GEOG 6120 Geospatial Modelling and Analysis

  • GEOG 6821 Advanced Computer Modelling/Habitat Mapping