Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) -
You want to work collaboratively to analyze how development impacts the ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects of coastal and marine areas. Graduates of this program will balance the demands of economic development and environmental conservation placed on our oceans and coastal areas to create a spatial vision and comprehensive management plans for their use.
Government agencies, eNGOs, coastal and ocean industry sectors, consulting companies.
Delivered In Class and Online
30 credit hours with an internship or research paper options
The first graduate program of its kind in Canada, the Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) focuses on the governance, bio-ecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological elements of sustainable ocean and coastal zone development, planning and management.
This program offers a blended approach that includes online courses, on-campus courses including one course during spring intersession and options for an internship or research project.
The program is structured to provide a balance between conceptual/theoretical background and practical applied skills. As such, students will develop 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 efforts. Throughout the program, courses will be structured to introduce theoretical concepts and then examine real world examples of their application.
MSP is developing rapidly in many areas, especially the EU, US and Australia. Engaging in effective decision-making through an MSP process is a key need for the ocean business community.
- Paul Holthus CEO, World Ocean Council