Marine Studies

Why Marine Studies @ Memorial?

Memorial’s graduate diplomas and master’s program in Marine Studies are offered through Memorial’s Fisheries and Marine Institute – Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education and training for the ocean industries.

Memorials graduate diploma in Marine Studies (Aquaculture) provides you with the education, training and management skills required to participate in aquaculture development and production. You will develop current and relevant knowledge combined with technical and practical experience to prepare you for careers in a range of aquaculture and related fields (e.g., aquaculture farm operation and management, aquaculture advisory agencies, federal and provincial government departments, environmental monitoring, fish health suppliers, consulting companies, fish food manufacturers, and aquaculture equipment manufacturers and distributors) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and internationally.

Memorial’s graduate diploma and master’s program in Marine Studies Fisheries Resource Management (FRM) will enhance your work or career progression by providing a wealth of knowledge with real world applications. You will develop, through formal education, those skills that are essential to the management of fisheries resources. This multidisciplinary program will provide an understanding of relevant concepts in biology, economics, and business, as well as fisheries policy and planning. While focused primarily on the North Atlantic, the program also deals with major world fisheries as well as quantitative assessment methods. The program is applicable to all facets of the industry, and is a must for individuals involved in the day-to-day business of fisheries resource management locally, nationally, or internationally.

Memorial’s Master of Marine Studies Marine Spatial Planning and Management (MSPM) will position you for opportunities in the growing global field of comprehensive spatial planning and management for coastal and ocean areas. You will develop, through formal education, a suite of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in this multi-faceted and collaborative approach to coastal and ocean governance. This multidisciplinary program will provide an understanding of marine spatial planning processes and management approaches and associated governance, policy/legislative, ecological, social, cultural and economic elements. This will be complemented by practical skills for stakeholder engagement, project management and use of geospatial technology to support planning and management efforts.

This program is the first of its kind in Canada. It is available online with some options for on campus electives. This program includes options for an internship or research project.

Description of programs

  • Graduate diploma (Aquaculture) – The graduate diploma program in aquaculture involves on-campus courses and an internship.

  • Graduate diploma (FRM) – The graduate diploma program in fisheries resource management involves online courses only and can be completed in one year of full-time study.

  • MMS (FRM) – The MMS (FRM) program offers both course and major report options. This program is offered online.
  • MMS (MSPM) – The program is a combination of online course-based work and either an internship or research project.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Fisheries and Marine Institute website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • Graduate diploma (Aquaculture) – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class) in a relevant area of study; up to two seats per year are reserved for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have met the admission requirements but are not in the top ranked candidates.

  • Graduate diploma, MMS (FRM) – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study; applicants will normally have a demonstrated commitment to the fishery through employment or experience in a sector of the fishery, in a regulatory agency or government department connected to the fisheries, in a non-governmental agency, or through self-employment or relevant professional consulting activities. Minimum TOEFL scores are: 580 for the paper-based test; 237 on the computer-based test; or 92 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0. The minimum MUNTEL score is an overall band score of 70.
  • MMS (MSPM) – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study. Admission is on a limited and competitive basis. Minimum TOEFL scores are: 580 for the paper-based test; 237 on the computer-based test; or 92 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0. The minimum MUNTEL score is an overall band score of 70.

Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees are approved by the University’s Board of Regents. In the event of a discrepancy between the fees approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fees approved by the Board will prevail. Financial policies are enforced through the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. For the complete and official list of all fees and charges, visit www.mun.ca/finance/fees/.

Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma (Aquaculture)

Graduate diploma (FRM)

MMS (FRM)

MMS (MSPM)

Routes:

course, major report, course with internship or research project options

Duration (Full-time students):

Graduate diploma: 1 year

MMS (FRM), MMS (MSPM): 2 years

Campus:

Graduate diploma (Aquaculture) – Marine Institute Campus; Graduate diploma (FRM), MMS (FRM), MMS (MSPM) – Online (some on campus electives available)

Application Deadline:

May 15 (graduate diploma (Aquaculture)) for Fall admission 
Please note: For Fall 2022 admission, applications are still being accepted

May 15 (graduate diploma, MMS (FRM)) for Fall admission

October 15 (graduate diploma, MMS (FRM)) for Winter admission

May 15 (MMS (MSPM)) for Fall admission

Funding:

MMS: $3,914 (Full-time MMS (MSPM) research project route and MMS (FRM) major report route students only) 

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Tuition (NL students):

Graduate diplomas: $420/semester
MMS (FRM), MMS (MSPM): $635-$953/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

Graduate diplomas: $546/semester
MMS (FRM), MMS (MSPM): $826-$1,239/semester

Tuition (International students):

Graduate diplomas: $710/semester
MMS (FRM), MMS (MSPM): $1,074-$1,611/semester

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