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School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
14.3 Master of Marine Studies

The Degree of Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) (M.M.S.)is a multi-disciplinary program of study that will provide the candidate with exposure to all dimensions of modern fisheries resource management. The program is aimed at professionals working in or intending to enter careers in fisheries management and is available on a full-time or part-time basis. All candidates must take the full complement of 24 credit hours, including a required seminar, plus a major report. Candidates registered on a full-time basis may complete the program in one academic year. 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.

  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 to the academic requirements in a. 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. Applicants must submit, along with the normal academic application form, a letter outlining their reasons for applying for admission to the program, their expectations of the program and its anticipated impact on their work and career progression.

    4. In exceptional cases persons who do not meet the requirements specified in a. but who have a significant connection to fisheries and demonstrated equivalent experience acceptable to the Program Committee may be admitted. Such persons will undergo an interview by the Program Committee before being admitted.

    5. Applications for admission in September must be received no later than April 30 of the year in which admission is sought.

  2. Program of Study

    1. The program consists of 24 credit hours made up of the courses numbered 6001-6008 listed below, plus a major report. Courses will normally be offered only once in an academic year with four courses offered in the Fall semester and four, including the Seminar course offered in the Winter. Full-time candidates are expected to undertake and complete the work required for the report during the Spring semester.

    2. A waiver of a program course may be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Program Committee if the candidate can demonstrate to the Program Committee that the course material has been substantially covered by a course taken at this or another recognized university. In such cases the course must be replaced by another course approved by the Program Committee. This replacement course must be taken during the candidate's period of enrolment in the program.

  3. Evaluation

    1. Candidates for the Master's Degree must obtain a grade of B or better in all program courses and successfully complete the seminar.

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

    3. The major report is a fundamental component of the program and will normally be undertaken in the final semester of the program. The topic of the report and a faculty Supervisor will be chosen by the candidate in consultation with the Program Committee. The report provides an opportunity to synthesise 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 Regulation Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies.


  • 6001 Fisheries Ecology
  • 6002 Quantitative Methods in Fisheries
  • 6003 Fisheries Economics
  • 6004 Fisheries Policy
  • 6005 Fisheries Planning and Development
  • 6006 Business Management for Fisheries
  • 6007 Evolution of Fisheries
  • 6008 Seminar in Fisheries Management