School of Maritime Studies

School of Maritime Studies Overview

Historically, shipping by sea has been the most economical means of moving goods to world markets. Today, more than ever, economies rely on highly trained individuals to design, operate and manage the ships that are used to transport materials and products on our oceans. Training and Certification of Mariners has become highly regulated and the School of Maritime Studies works closely with National and International Authorities to ensure that our programs meet or exceed the required standards.

The School of Maritime Studies provides education and training in the design of ships and associated systems. Programs that prepare individuals for entry level operational positions as Deck Officers, Engineering Officers and Ratings are also available. The Bachelor of Maritime Studies and Master of Maritime Management Degrees are designed for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to prepare themselves for other positions in the marine industry.

The School, through it's Industrial Response Program, also works closely with industry to provide short courses to meet both mandatory and non-mandatory training needs. Many of these courses can be delivered off campus at locations convenient to clients' area of operation.

Message from SMS Head

‌Welcome to the School of Maritime Studies. If you are interested in ships and shipping and all things on the water then the school is of interest to you. We are involved with the delivery of a variety of programs that cover all aspects of the marine and offshore industries from design to operations to management.‌

With the Marine Institute celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, it is worth noting that the programs within the school have been part of the institute from its beginning as the College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics, and have continued to grow since then, adding new programs and specialized training to meet the changing needs of the industry we serve.‌Cathy Dutton

It is an exciting time for all our programs and the students who graduate. The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) sees a major expansion in ship design and construction in this country. Our graduates from Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Systems Design will have opportunities to be involved in the design and construction of research vessels, arctic offshore patrol ships, polar ice breakers, navy vessels and various smaller vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, as this project unfolds over the next 30 years.

From an operational perspective, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted major revisions to the Standards for Training and Certification of Watchkeepers (STCW) which affects our Nautical Science and Marine Engineering programs, as well as the Bridgewatch and Marine Diesel Mechanics programs. We are working closely with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) to ensure that our graduates meet the international standard and work successfully in the shipping or offshore industry, locally, nationally and internationally. Our specialized centres – the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) and the Offshore Safety and Survival Center (OSSC), are integral to ensuring our students have the skills they need to work in the industry.

To ensure that our graduates can advance in the industry or enhance their skill sets with minimal interruption, we offer both the Bachelor of Maritime Studies and Master of Maritime Management via distance.

As you can see, there is lots happening in the industry and the opportunities for our graduates continue to grow. Whether your interest is design of ships or operations, then the School of Maritime Studies has a lot to offer.

Welcome to our world.


There are a number of centers within the School of Maritime Studies. Each center has a website that can be accessed by clicking on the links below.