Master of Marine Studies (Aquaculture)

Master of Marine Studies (Aquaculture)
Skills and Interests

You want to contribute to sustainable global seafood production as a professional in the global technologically innovative aquaculture industry.

Work Environment

Marine and freshwater aquaculture farms, land-based hatcheries, aquaculture advisory agencies, government departments, environmental monitoring, fish health suppliers, consulting companies, fish food manufacturers, aquaculture equipment manufacturers and distributors, research and academia.

Program Location:

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

Program Length:

36 credit hours of course work including 12-week internship


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  June 15 *Please note we are not accepting applications for Fall 2023 admission. Applicants with Advanced Standing will be considered for the Winter 2024 semester and applicants without Advanced Standing will be considered for the Fall 2024 semester.

Program Description

The Marine Institute’s Master of Marine Studies (Aquaculture) focuses on strategic planning, decision- making, and management for aquaculture organizations. This program will harness the power of your expertise to stand out as an aquaculture managerial candidate in your organization and advance in your career.

Program Structure

This course-based program consists of 36 credit hours and a 12-week internship that provides theoretical, intensive hands-on and practical components, as well as applied management perspectives in the aquaculture field. The degree may be completed in six semesters on a full-time basis. The first six courses are delivered on campus followed by the 12-week internship. The final five courses are subsequently completed online.

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.
  • Up to two seats per year are reserved for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have met the admission requirements but are not in the top-ranked candidates. Applicants wishing to be considered under this Clause must check the appropriate space provided on the application form and provide documentation of Indigenous ancestry.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission. Preference will be given to those who have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience and have successfully completed several years of post-secondary studies. Applicants who do not meet normal admission requirements shall be required to complete, with a high level of achievement, certain undergraduate courses before being considered for admission.
  • 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:
    • a. 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
    • b. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher). Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service at IELTS information is available at It is noted that other equivalent tests acceptable to the School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

Advanced Standing Applicants who graduated from the Marine Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture in the last ten years and have a minimum of at least one year of relevant professional work experience, may be granted advanced standing for select courses.

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

What Faculty Say

“The combination of in-class instruction with hands-on technical training and managerial-focused courses prepares graduates of the program for leadership roles within the aquaculture industry. The internship affords students the opportunity to put their practical skills to work, while the online course portion of the program affords flexibility to individuals who are working full-time while completing the final courses in the program."

- Dr. Jillian Westcott, Instructor And Academic Director/Graduate Officer