Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management)

Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) -

Master’s Degree

Skills and Interests

You want to work collaboratively to analyze how development impacts the ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects of coastal and marine areas and deliver sustainable solutions.

Work Environment

Government agencies, eNGOs, coastal and ocean industry sectors, consulting companies.

Program Location:

Delivered primarily online with some in-class instruction

Program Length:

30 credit hours with an internship or research paper options


Calendar entry

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  May 15

Program Description

The Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management) focuses on the governance, bioecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological elements of sustainable ocean and coastal zone development, planning and management.

Program Structure

This program is available primarily online with some on campus electives and one course offered during the six-week Spring intercession requiring 3 weeks in-house residency in St. John’s. This program includes 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.

Students will complete seven core courses, an internship (MSTM 6019) or research project, and choose one of three options for elective course selection.

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 from a university of recognized standing.

Students intending to undertake electives in Decision Support / Geospatial Analysis are required to have a background in mathematics, statistics and geographic information systems.

What Industry Says

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