ACADEMIC CALENDAR
2adm-3
2. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

The regulations governing admission to Marine Institute programs are provided below. Applicants are advised to review the regulations for specific programs to ensure they are familiar with any additional requirements which may be required to determine eligibility for admission.

 

2.1 Physical Requirements

 

Applicants seeking entry to Marine Institute programs which lead to Transport Canada Certification for Seafarers should note that Transport Canada requires proof of satisfactory physical fitness prior to sitting for any Transport Canada exams. This includes satisfactory visual acuity, colour vision, and hearing along with other physical requirements.

 

Applicants to selected Marine Institute programs are required to provide proof of physical fitness prior to enrolment by way of a medical. This proof is required for participation in simulated emergency situations and is also required for Transport Canada certification.

 

The three medicals involved are the Marine Institute (MI) Medical, Transport Canada (TC) Marine Medical Certificate and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Offshore Medical. Students enrolled in programs which lead to seagoing careers must submit the appropriate medicals. Students in programs which involve emergency training but do not lead to Transport Canada certification, require only the MI medical.

 

2.2 Programs Requiring Proof of Fitness

 

2.2.1 Degree/Diploma Programs

 

 

2.2.2 Diploma Programs:

 

 

2.2.3 Technical Certificate Programs:

 

 

Proof of physical fitness must be provided by way of a signed medical from an approved physician. Only physicians who are authorized by the Marine Institute and Transport Canada may perform the relevant medicals. Details of the physical requirements for the TC marine medical certificate may be obtained from the Marine Institute Library or Transport Canada at the following address:

 

Marine Safety Directorate
John Cabot Building, 10 Barter’s Hill
P.O. Box 1300, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H8
(709) 772 - 5167

 

To obtain a list of physicians designated to perform the Seafarers’ Medical in your area please visit the Transport Canada website at: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/4/mme-mdm/

 

The list of physicians designated to perform the MI Medical can be found on the web at: http://www.mi.mun.ca/medical

 

The medical assessment guidelines for fitness to work offshore can be found at: http://www.capp.ca/publications-and-statistics/publications/284016

 

2.3 Criminal Record Check

 

Applicants to the Marine Institute are advised that employers may require a criminal record check as part of the recruitment and selection process for work term placement and/or graduate employment.

 

A criminal record check reports on the history of criminal conviction(s) finding(s) of guilt for an individual based on a search of police files. The certificate issued upon completion of the criminal record check must be current at the date of registration in a Marine Institute program. Students may be required to undergo an additional criminal background check prior to the commencement of a work term.

 

Two certificates that would meet the requirement are:

 

  • Certified Criminal Record Check (from RCMP)
  • Criminal Record Screening Certificate (from RNC)

 

It is important to note that if the check results in the identification of criminal conviction(s) or criminal finding(s), the student may not secure a work placement to meet the requirement for graduation.

 

Programs Requiring Criminal Record Check:

 

Diploma of Technology/Bachelor of Technology Programs:

 

 

Diplomas of Technology Programs:

 

 

Technical Certificate Programs:

 

 

Other programs may require this document depending on industry requirements. Please note that the criminal record check is only current at the time of issue and may need to be updated prior to commencement of a work term or program.

 

2.4 Readmission

 

Applicants seeking readmission to Marine Institute programs following a period of withdrawal should note that changes in regulations governing programs may be made. Students who have not interrupted their program may complete their requirements for graduation following the regulations in place when he/she started his/her program. Students who have interrupted their program may be required to complete additional courses as they must convert their program to fit the new regulations.

 

2.5 Advanced Standing

 

Applicants who have completed a specific level of certification, or who have completed a specific post-secondary academic program, (to be determined by the program for which Advanced Standing is being sought) at another accredited post-secondary institution, or at Marine Institute, may be eligible for Advanced Standing (admission to a level higher than first year/semester).

 

When advanced standing is granted, the following conditions apply:

 

  • Courses are not recorded as individual transfer credits and may not be used to apply for transfer credit.
  • The original grades are not recorded as graded courses on the Marine Institute academic record.
  • Courses are not used in the calculation of cumulative average.

 

2.5.1 Bachelor of Technology/Diploma of Technology in Underwater Vehicles

 

Applicants, who have successfully completed the two year Technician Diploma in Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) at the Marine Institute are eligible to receive Advanced Standing in this program. Students approved for advanced standing commence their studies in Term 5 of the program. Additional courses may be required.

 

2.5.2 Technician Diploma in Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)

 

Applicants, who have completed a three year diploma of technology in either Electrical Engineering; Electronics Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Marine Engineering, at another accredited post-secondary institution, or at the Marine Institute, may be eligible to receive Advanced Standing in this program. The first year foundation requirements are waived for students approved for advanced standing in this program and they commence their studies in Term 3 of the program.

 

2.5.3 Technical Certificate in Harvesting

 

Applicants, who possess a valid Fishing Master Class IV Certificate issued by Transport Canada, may be eligible to receive Advanced Standing in this program. The requirements of Term I are waived for students approved for advanced standing, and they commence their studies in Term 2 of the program.

 

2.6 Degree Programs

 

The Undergraduate, Graduate and Ph.D programs are listed in this Calendar for information purposes only. These programs are governed by St. John’s Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the admission and other academic regulations are outlined in the Memorial University Calendar available at www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/.

 

2.7 Post Graduate Certificate Programs

 

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree, a three year diploma of technology, or a combination of formal education and work experience which is acceptable to the Admissions Committee.

 

2.8 Advanced Diploma Programs

 

Candidates for admission to these programs are required to have official copies of all post-secondary education transcripts submitted to the Registrar’s Office Marine Institute by the issuing Institution (Transcripts for applicants who have attended MUN will be obtained internally).

 

2.8.1 Sustainable Aquaculture

 

Applicants to the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture must be graduates of an appropriate diploma of technology (three (3) years duration), or a degree, or must possess a combination of formal education and work experience acceptable to the Admissions Committee.

 

2.8.2 Food Safety

 

Applicants to the Advanced Diploma in Food Safety must be graduates of an appropriate diploma of technology (three (3) years duration), or a degree, and have completed introductory courses in biology and chemistry or similar courses deemed acceptable.

 

2.8.3 Water Quality

 

Applicants to the Advanced Diploma in Water Quality must be graduates of an appropriate diploma of technology (three (3) years duration), or a science degree, and have completed an introductory course in chemistry.

 

Note: The Marine Institute reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

 

2.9 Diploma/Degree Programs, Diplomas of Technology and Technician Diplomas

 

The admission regulations below apply to all Bachelor of Technology/Diploma of Technology programs, Diploma of Technology programs and Technician Diploma programs. Applicants to these programs are required to have official copies of all high school and post-secondary education transcripts submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the issuing Institution.

 

2.9.1 Applicants who have Followed the High School Curriculum of Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Newfoundland applicants seeking admission to any Marine Institute Diploma/Degree, Diploma of Technology or Technician Diploma programs are required to have either a senior high school Level III Graduation Certificate; a grade 11 Public Examination Matriculation Certificate; a Level III Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate; or other qualifications judged by the Marine Institute to be high school equivalent.

 

High School Level III, Grade 11 or ABE graduates require the following for admission to a Marine Institute diploma program:

 

2.9.2 High School Graduates - Level III

 

Applicants shall have completed Graduation Requirements for high school as set down by the Department of Education and obtained credits in each of the following, with a minimum combined average of 60% in the level three Mathematics, English and Science:

 

Mathematics: One of Mathematics 2200, 2201, 2204 or 2205 and one of Mathematics 3200, 3201, 3204, or 3205 (valued at 2 credits each). A minimum grade of 60% is required in 3201 or 3204

 

English: English 3201 (2 credits)

 

Science: four (4) credits in Laboratory Science, two (2) of which must be from either Biology 3201, or Chemistry 3202, or Physics 3204 or Earth Systems 3209.

 

The remaining two (2) credits may be from 2000 level courses in the above subject areas or from Science 1206.

 

2.9.3 High School Graduates - Grade 11 Public Examination Matriculation Certificate

 

A Grade 11 Matriculation Certificate with a minimum average of 60% in the required courses.

 

2.9.4 Adult Basic Education

 

Completion of Level III Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.) in the following Department of Education approved courses with a minimum of a 60% average in each of the following three areas:

 

Mathematics: 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, and 3104C

 

English: 3101A, 3101B, 3101C

 

Science: six (6) credits three (3) of which must be from either Biology 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or Chemistry 3102A, 3102B, 3102C or Physics 3104A, 3104B, 3104C or Geology IS 3212

 

2.9.5 Applicants who have Followed the High School Curriculum of Other Provinces of Canada

 

Applicants from other provinces of Canada seeking admission to any Marine Institute Joint Diploma/Degree, Diploma of Technology or Technician Diploma program are required to have graduated from Grade XII in the University Preparatory Program (the Secondary V Certificate for Quebec applicants) with a passing mark in the required courses and an overall average of no less than 60% in these courses.

 

2.9.6 Applicants who have Followed the College of the North Atlantic Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Program

 

Students who do not meet the requirements for admission but who do hold a high school diploma may be eligible for admission under this category. Students applying under this category must successfully complete all qualification requirements for the award of the Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition Year Certificate from the College of the North Atlantic. A full outline of this program is available in the College of the North Atlantic Calendar which is available online at www.cna.nl.ca.

 

2.9.7 Applicants for Concurrent Studies

 

  • Applicants in or about to enter their final year of high school with a superior academic record (i.e. normally an overall average of 85% or above in completed English, Math and Science courses at the 2000 or 3000 level) may apply to enroll in Marine Institute courses. The applicant for concurrent studies must be enrolled in a high school and completing a slate of courses that meets the course requirements for admission as specified in 2.9.2 High School Graduated -Level III.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a letter requesting enrolment in a specific course and provide a list of final year registrations; an official high school transcript; and a letter from the high school principal or guidance counsellor clearly supporting admission for concurrent studies.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application for admission/ readmission together with the appropriate fee.
  • Normally, enrolment for concurrent studies students will be limited to 1 course in a given semester. Fees and deadlines are the same as for regularly admitted students. Credit will be awarded after successful completion of the course(s) and successful completion of the requirements for admission to the Marine Institute.
  • Normally, eligibility to enroll is limited to the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • Concurrent studies students will be automatically considered for general admission to the Marine Institute for the Fall semester of the following academic year. The requirements for admission as specified in Section 2.9.2 High School Graduates - Level III will apply.

 

2.9.8 International Students Entering Transport Canada Approved Programs

 

Transport Canada examination and certification of seafarers is available only to Canadian Citizens and landed immigrants. International students completing these programs at the Marine Institute will receive a Diploma of Technology from the Marine Institute but they will have to write their certificate examinations in their own country.

 

Many programs at the Marine Institute include, in addition to classroom instruction, work terms which are compulsory components of the programs and are necessary in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

 

International students are responsible for finding their own work terms in their home country, and these work terms must be approved by the Marine Institute Office of Career Integrated Learning.

 

2.10 Technical Certificate Programs

 

** Please refer to regulations governing physical requirements as listed in this calendar.

 

2.10.1 Aquaculture

 

Applicants should possess the equivalent of Grade 9 education or appropriate education and/or industry experience acceptable to the Admissions Committee.

 

2.10.2 Bridge Watch**

 

Candidates for admission to the Technical Certificate - Bridge Watch Program must have successfully completed, at a minimum, Grade Eight (8). Proof of physical fitness must be provided by way of a signed Seafarer’s medical. As well, candidates must submit a clear Certificate of Conduct (a certified criminal record check).

 

2.10.3 Fire Rescue Program**

 

Candidates for admission to the Technical Certificate - Fire Rescue Program must have a High School diploma. Upon acceptance to the program, all candidates must pass a medical examination and submit a Certificate of Conduct from their Local Police Force. In addition candidates must possess a Valid Driver’s License with an Air Brake Endorsement.

 

2.10.4 Harvesting**

 

Applicants must have 12 months of approved Transport Canada sea service on a vessel greater than 6 metres in length engaged on voyages beyond partially smooth water limits (Verification of Sea Time letter from Transport Canada) and hold current registration with either the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador or an equivalent fish harvester certification body of another Canadian province or territory.

 

2.10.5 Marine Diesel Mechanics**

 

Candidates for admission to the Technical Certificate in Marine Diesel Mechanics require a High School Diploma.

 

2.11 Transport Canada Certification Training Programs

 

Students entering Transport Canada Certification Training Programs are required to be familiar with Transport Canada regulations governing the examination and certification of seafarers. Transport Canada requires that candidates attempting certification examinations have specific minimum periods of sea service and/or prior certification qualifications. Applicants should refer to Transport Canada’s TP2293 for details on the periods of time required for each certificate.

 

Candidates interested in pursuing Canadian Certification for Seafarers should note that they are subject to certain minimum physical and residency requirements that are prescribed by Transport Canada. Please refer to Transport Canada’s Marine Personnel Regulations and the TP11343 (Medical Examination of Seafarers’s - Physician’s Guide) for the related standards. Proof of physical fitness is also required for students to participate in Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training which is compulsory for Transport Canada Certification programs. Please refer to regulations governing physical requirements as listed in this calendar.

 

2.12 Mature Students

 

Applications may be received from individuals who are 21 years of age or older within one month of the start of the program for which they are applying. The admission requirements outlined earlier describe what are viewed as the minimum qualifications individuals should have in order to succeed in each respective program area. However, the Marine Institute realizes that individuals may obtain the equivalent or other suitable qualifications from alternate sources to prepare them for technology programs.

 

Therefore, applicants in this category are required to demonstrate that they have gained educational, technical or practical expertise, in the intended field of study. Mature applicants must submit an Application for Admission to the Marine Institute and include the following documentation:

 

  • a resume
  • a letter of recommendation from employers or other individuals who can attest to an applicant’s qualifications
  • official academic transcripts of high school and post-secondary studies
  • proof of age

 

Since Admission as a mature student is not on the grounds of age alone, the Marine Institute reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

 

2.13 Special Admissions

 

2.13.1 Applicants Requesting Special Consideration for Admission

 

Where circumstances warrant, applicants not meeting the regulations for Admission/Readmission to the Marine Institute may be admitted to the Marine Institute with the approval of the Marine Institute’s Committee on Special Admissions.

 

2.13.2 Admission Criteria

 

  • Applicants must submit a completed application for admission/ readmission, together with the appropriate fee and supporting documentation.
  • Applicants must submit a letter to the Committee on Special Admissions outlining the grounds for requesting special consideration.
  • Applicants must also provide a letter from a school principal, guidance counsellor, employer or other responsible person substantiating these grounds.
  • In order to allow sufficient time for reasonable and consistent consideration of special cases, supporting letters must be received at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester to which admission is being sought.

 

2.14 Transfers from Other Canadian Universities/Colleges

 

Students from other universities and colleges who apply to enter the Marine Institute will be considered for admission upon producing satisfactory documentation. Students forced to withdraw from another university or college will not be eligible for admission to the Marine Institute until the associated withdrawal penalty has been served. Candidates for admission are required to have official, original transcripts from all high schools and colleges or universities they have attended sent directly to the Registrar’s Office of the Marine Institute.

 

Students transferring from the College of the North Atlantic or from Memorial University’s degree programs should refer to the Newfoundland and Labrador Transfer Guide at https://stjh-p001.gov.nl.ca/CSP10GP/PKG_OTD_NAV.DISPLAY_MAIN_PRE98 for details on established credit transfer availability.

 

2.15 Applicants from Other Countries

 

Applicants from other countries must submit an Application for Admission to the Marine Institute and have official transcripts, and any other required documentation, forwarded to the Marine Institute well in advance of the semester for which they are seeking admission. All official transcripts must be submitted by the issuing institution directly to the Registrar’s Office of the Marine Institute. Please refer to the regulations governing English Proficiency Requirements as listed in this calendar for further information.

 

2.16 Credit Transfers and Challenge Examinations

 

Students transferring from other colleges or universities, and students with prior academic or work experience who feel they are eligible to earn credit from the Marine Institute for work completed towards the requirements of a Marine Institute program, may apply to earn this credit through either an Application for Transfer of Course Credit or through a Challenge Examination. Please refer to the section of this calendar concerning Academic Policies and Procedures for an explanation of the policies, regulations and procedures governing transfers of credit and challenge examination.

 

2.17 English Proficiency Requirements

 

English Language Proficiency Requirements will apply to all applicants. English is the primary language of instruction in programs offered at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Therefore, applicants seeking admission must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission. Regardless of the country of origin or citizenship status, applicants will be required to provide proof proficiency in the English language in one of the following forms:

 

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of full-time instruction in an English language secondary institution as recognized by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland including successful completion of at least two courses in English language and/or literature at the Grade XII (or equivalent) level.

 

Please note that these courses must be other than E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) courses.

 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 

A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper-based test, or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a minimum score of 79 on the internet based test of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The official results of the TOEFL must be forwarded directly to the Marine Institute from the TOEFL Testing Centre. Applicants submitting a TOEFL score of less than 550 or 213 or 79 will be considered as not having met the English Language requirements of this institution and will not be admitted until English proficiency can be demonstrated. Information regarding TOEFL programs is available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), TOEFL/TSE Services, online at www.ets.org/toef/ , from U.S embassies and consulates, or from offices of the U.S. Information Services.

 

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

 

A minimum score of 85 will be considered as having demonstrated English Language Proficiency for admission purposes only. The official results of the MELAB must be forwarded directly to the Marine Institute from the MELAB Testing Centre. Applicants submitting a Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with results of less than 85 will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this institution and will not be admitted until proficiency in English can be demonstrated. Information on the Michigan Test of English may be obtained from the University of Michigan and Cambridge Collaboration Organization (CaMLA) online at www.cambridgemichigan.org.melab.

 

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

A minimum overall Band Score of 6.5, and a band score of at least 6 on both the Writing Band and the Reading Band are required. The official results of the IELTS must be forwarded directly to the Marine Institute from the IELTS Testing Centre. Applicants submitting an IELTS assessment with results of less than 6.5 on the Overall Band Score and/or a band score of less than 6 on either the Writing and/or the Reading band, will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this institution and will not be admitted until proficiency in English can be demonstrated. Information on the International English Language Testing System may be obtained from the IELTS Subject Officer, University of Cambridge Local, Examinations Syndicate via www.ielts.org/.

 

  • The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment

 

Minimum band scores of between 50 and 60 in each of the four skills tested (Reading,Writing, Listening, Speaking), with at least two band scores of 60 are required. The official results of the CAEL Assessment must be forwarded directly to the Marine Institute from the CAEL Assessment Centre. Applicants submitting a CAEL Assessment of less than 50 in each of the four skills tested, and/or an assessment in which there are not at least two band scores of at least 60, will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this institution and will not be admitted until proficiency in English can be demonstrated. Information regarding the CAEL Assessment may be obtained from the CAEL Assessment Office at www.cael.ca.

 

  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

 

Minimum band scores of 4.5 in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension sub-tests and a score of 4 in writing are required to satisfy Marine Institute English proficiency requirements. The official results of the CanTEST must be forwarded directly to the Marine Institute from the CanTEST Testing Centre. Applicants submitting a CanTEST test assessment with band scores of less than 4.5 in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension subtests and a score of less than 4 in writing, will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this institution and will not be admitted until proficiency in English can be demonstrated Information pertaining the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees may be obtained from the Language Testing Services of the University of Ottawa online at www.cantest.uottawa.ca/indedx.php.

 

In extenuating circumstances and with the approval of the Admissions Committee, applicants may be permitted to provide proof of proficiency in English based on a proficiency test designed and administered by the Department of English at Memorial University.

 

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

 

A minimum score of 58 in each of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking components of the PTE Academic is required. Information about the PTE Academic is available online at www.pearsonpte.com.

 

  • Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

 

A minimum grade of “B” in the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or a minimum grade of “C” in the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) are required. Information regarding these examinations may be obtained from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations via www. cambridgeenglish.org/.

 

2.18 Admission Status

 

Non-Degree Programs

 

The admission status of an application to the Marine Institute for non-degree programs may fall in one of the following categories:

 

2.18.1 Incomplete:

 

This classification refers to an application which has been received and acknowledge and the review of the applicant for admission is currently underway or about to begin. Following this review, additional information may be requested from an applicant or the applicant may be classified as Accepted, Conditionally Accepted, Not Accepted or Wait Listed.

 

2.18.2 Complete:

 

This classification indicates that all information and documentation has been received and the application is ready for review.

 

2.18.3 Decision:

 

This classification indicates that a decision has been made on an application. Decisions include:

 

Accepted: An applicant will be officially accepted when all entrance requirements are met and a position is reserved in the program for the applicant.

 

Conditionally Accepted: Students in their final year of high school (Level III) in Newfoundland, or individuals attending other post-secondary or other secondary institutions may be Conditionally Accepted to the Marine Institute prior to the official release of their final grades and academic standing.

 

This conditional acceptance remains valid until the Provincial Department of Education releases the final results for high school students or an official transcript of results is provided by the post-secondary or other secondary institution in question. A final determination of each applicant’s admission status will be made upon receipt of the official grades and standings. Conditionally Accepted applicants who meet all of the entrance requirements will be granted formal acceptance to the Marine Institute program for which they have been conditionally accepted. Conditionally Accepted applicants who fail to meet the program entrance requirements will be classified as Not Accepted.

 

Denied Acceptance, Ineligible: An applicant is not accepted to the Marine Institute when the individual does not meet the entrance requirements.

 

2.18.4 Wait Listed:

 

An applicant is placed in this category when the program or program option for which he/she applied is full. The applicant has met the program entrance requirements and has been placed on a waiting list and will be offered a place as one becomes available.

 

For diploma program admission, the waiting list is maintained up to the deadline to register/add courses in the academic semester.

 

2.18.5 Withdrawn:

 

At any time during the application review and admission process, if the applicant notifies the Registrar’s Office that he or she is not interested in joining the Marine Institute program for which he or she has applied for admission, the application will be withdrawn and no further communication will be made with the applicant concerning admission or registration for the program offering in question.

 

2.18.6 Denied Acceptance, Incomplete

 

Any applications which are incomplete after the registration deadline in any given term will be assigned this decision. You must contact the registrar’s office to discuss your application eligibility for subsequent terms.

 

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is governed by policies, rules and regulations designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment for the entire Institute community. Some of the regulations deal with the normal workings of the Institute (registration deadlines, etc.) and pertain to all students. Other regulations, however, especially those concerned with readmission, supplementary examinations, deferred examinations and academic dishonesty, apply to certain students in specific situations. Every student has the right to appeal decisions resulting from the application of Marine Institute regulations.