Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2017/2018)
26 Regulations Governing the Master of Science in Fisheries Science

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  • Vice-President (Marine Institute)
  • G. Blackwood

The Degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science is a research-focused Master's degree offered by the School of Fisheries, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The Degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science is offered in Fisheries Science and Technoloy and Stock Assessment.

An Academic Advisory committee will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on recommendation of the Vice-President (Marine Institute). This committee will consist of an Academic Director as Chair, three members from the Marine Institute and two members from other academic units of the University. Normally, all appointments will be for a period of three years.

In addition to meeting the regulations governing the Degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science, students must also meet the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and any additional requirements of the appropriate academic unit.

26.1 Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology)

The Degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology) is a research-focused Master's degree offered by the School of Fisheries at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. This program is for students who aim to pursue a career in fisheries science, and includes skills training that will empower students to conduct publication-quality research in any aspect of fisheries science. The degree is normally offered to full-time students. These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

26.1.1 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold at least a high second class Honours Degree, or an M.D. Degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the University Senate.

  2. Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

    1. the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least a grade of 'B' in courses in the proposed field of specialization;

    2. the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least a grade of 'B' in all courses taken; and

    3. the applicant demonstrates a commitment and passion for aquatic science, ideally in fisheries, through employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the fishing industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

  3. Applicants must meet the English Proficiency Requirements described under General Regulations, English Proficiency Requirements.

26.1.2 Program of Study and Research

Every student for the Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Fisheries Science and Technology) degree shall normally be required to complete all of:

  1. 12 credit hours including:

      • FISH 6000 Science Communication for Fisheries
      • FISH 6001 Ecology, Management, and Practice of North Atlantic Fisheries
      • FISH 6002 Data Collection, Management, and Display
      • FISH 6003 Statistics and Study Design for Fisheries Science
    1. A thesis composed of at least one chapter of original research.

  2. A student may be required by the Supervisory Committee to take additional courses.

  3. All program course requirements should be completed within four semesters from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program. Students will normally complete course requirements in their first two semesters.

  4. Within three months of the first registration in the M.Sc. degree program, the student will meet with the Supervisory Committee. A meeting report, signed by all members of the Supervisory Committee and student, must be given to the Academic Unit. A copy will be sent to the student and to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Subsequent meetings must occur at least annually, with a report filed after each meeting.

  5. The student shall complete a written thesis proposal that is approved by the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee. The proposal shall be provided to the Head for inclusion in the student's file. After approval, the student shall orally present the proposal in a presentation open to the public.

  6. The student must present the thesis seminar of 20-30 minutes duration prior to submission of the thesis to the School of Graduate Studies. The student will be questioned by a panel approved by the Academic Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the student's Supervisory Committee. All others in attendance will be invited to question the student before adjournment. Deficiencies noted at this stage should be carefully considered by the student and the Supervisory Committee prior to submission of the thesis for final examination.

  7. The thesis shall conform to the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Thesis and Reports.

26.1.3 Evaluation
  1. In order to continue in the School of Graduate Studies and in order to qualify for a Master's Degree a student shall obtain a grade of 'A' or 'B' in each program course as per General Regulations, Evaluation, Evaluation of Graduate Students.

  2. The Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee may recommend that a student be required to withdraw from the program, if after consultation with the student, it is determined that the student is not making satisfactory progress towards completion of the program and unsatisfactory progress is unlikely to be corrected.

26.1.4 Thesis

A student must meet the requirements as outlined under the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Thesis and Reports.

26.1.5 Courses
  • FISH 6000 Science Communication for Fisheries
  • FISH 6001 Ecology, Management, and Practice of North Atlantic Fisheries
  • FISH 6002 Data Collection, Management, and Display
  • FISH 6003 Statistics and Study Design for Fisheries Science