Fisheries Science (Stock Assessment) (M.Sc.)

Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Stock Assessment)
Skills and Interests

You want to apply your mathematics and statistics expertise to construct models that inform stakeholders about biomass of organisms in the ocean and how to harvest sustainably.

Work Environment

Academia, government agencies, NGOS, international management bodies, seafood industry.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

12 credit hours of course work + thesis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  May 15
Winter Admission: September 15
Spring Admission: January 15

For More Information:

Fisheries Science (Stock Assessment) Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree brochure

Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Stock Assessment) is a full-time, research-focused Master’s degree offered by the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries. This program is for students who aim to pursue a career in stock assessment, a discipline within fisheries science.

Stock assessment professionals use data derived from many sources to construct statistical models that inform us about biomass of organisms in the ocean and how many can be caught sustainably. While stock assessment professionals must have many of the same proficiencies as other fisheries scientists, they have an additional requirement of being experts on the mathematics and statistics that underpin this heavily quantitative field.

Program Structure

This program recognizes that fisheries science is a broad discipline that is applied in nature and requires a high degree of skills to be done well. Students will gain practical skills through coursework while developing their theoretical understanding through supervised research and through their interactions as an active participant within the scientific community. Students will also be exposed to the depth of the field of fisheries science through lab meetings, reading groups and guest lectures.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a high second class Honours degree or an M.D. degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study from an institution of recognized standing.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of mathematics, statistics and scientific computing.

Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

  • The applicant’s undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization;
  • The applicant’s overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in all courses taken; and
  • The applicant demonstrates a commitment and passion for mathematics or statistics, through employment or experience in field schools, research programs, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

Please refer to the Memorial University Calendar for descriptions and regulations for this program.

What Researchers Say

"Fisheries stock assessment scientists are in high demand in Canada and internationally. This one of a kind program will train the next generation of researchers that manage sustainable fisheries for future generations."

- Thomas Brown