Marine Studies

Why Marine Studies @ Memorial?

Memorial’s graduate diploma 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.

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 primarily online with some on campus electives and one course offered during the six week spring intercession requiring 3 weeks in-house residency in St. John’s. This program includes options for an internship or research project.

Description of programs

  • Graduate diploma – The graduate diploma program involves 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.
  • MMS (MSPM) - The program is a combination of 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, 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.
  • MMS (MSPM) – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study. Admission is on a limited and competitive basis. Specific course-based admission requirements may apply for applicants intending to concentrate on decision support technology.

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Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma (FRM)




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


Graduate diploma: 1 year

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


Online (one on campus course required for MSPM and some on campus electives available).

Application Deadline:

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

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

February 15 (graduate diploma, MMS (FRM)) for Spring admission

May 15 (MMS (MSPM)) for Fall admission

Tuition (NL students):

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

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

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

Tuition (International students):

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

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