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 entirely online.

Program Length:

30 credit hours with an internship or research paper options


Calendar entry

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  May 15

For More Information:

2021-2022 Graduate Viewbook

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 now delivered entirely online, and no longer requires the 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 chose one of two 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.

What Alumni Say

"I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to take the MMS (MSPM) program. The program provides the core foundations required to understand, practice and implement the increasingly important field of marine spatial planning and management. It also aligns with the current trajectory of local, national and global demand for this innovative ocean management approach."

- Matthew King, MI Graduate

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