Graduate Diploma in Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping)

Graduate Diploma in Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping)
Skills and Interests

You want to develop theoretical and highly-technical skills to enter the multi-disciplinary field of ocean mapping.

Work Environment

Government agencies, surveying companies, engineering and environmental consultancies, intergovernmental bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations, not-for-profit organizations, university research teams.

Program Location:

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

Program Length:

15 credit hours


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  June 15

For More Information:

2021-2022 Graduate Viewbook

Program Description

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) provides opportunities for students who want to enter the ocean mapping field by developing highly technical capabilities that will empower them to conduct industry-ready tasks and applied research in any aspect of ocean mapping.

Program Structure

The program focuses on the development of the required level of technological literacy and competency to be an effective ocean mapper through advanced and applied technical training and applied research. Core courses are designed to develop a thorough understanding of core values and competencies as well as proficiencies in hydrographic best practices, geospatial data analysis, image interpretation and application development. A field immersion component resonates with the practical application of the “plan-to-chart” solution through real-world, industrial situations that offer students the medium of linking learning with doing.

Courses will cover the eclectic fundamentals of ocean mapping as well as the technical and industrial nature of hydrographic and terrestrial surveying practices. The field course will integrate overall skill sets attained within a field immersive, project-driven and industry-relevant course work.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a limited and competitive basis.

  • To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering or equivalent, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  • Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:
    • The applicant has completed a second-class or equivalent undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by the Senate;
    • The applicant demonstrates a statement of satisfactory level of knowledge of math and science through undergraduate or graduate course work; and
    • The applicant demonstrates in a statement of interest, a commitment and passion for ocean mapping and related technology through combined efforts of prior technical training in a relevant ocean technology field and employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the ocean technology industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

      Completion of additional course work in math, science, and/or related technology may be required for applicants applying under the clause.
  • Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

      Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Services at  IELTS information is available at Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.
What Faculty Say

"The Graduate Diploma of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) is ideal for those individuals who would like to enhance their technical skills to complement prior learning and work experiences, making them more employable within the multi-disciplinary, eclectic and diverse ocean technology sector."

– Paul Elliott, Academic Director, Marine Institute

What Researchers Say

"The ocean economy may nearly double to $3 trillion US by 2030. Graduate students enrolled in the ocean mapping diploma can prepare for a rewarding technical career in hydrography and other branches of ocean science and technology. They will be ready to provide essential geospatial and oceanographic data to support maritime decision-making."

- Dr. Sean Mullan, Researcher, Marine Institute