Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Public Safety)

Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Public Safety)
Skills and Interests

You are interested in the analytics of safety and the diversity of study-based initiatives that have been undertaken to ensure public safety.

Work Environment

Academic institutions, researchers in marine-based industries, marine transport, firefighting, search and rescue, government, regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, or consulting.

Program Location:


Program Length:

15 credit hours of course work + thesis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  February 1

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Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Public Safety) brochure

Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Public Safety) is a research-focused Master’s degree offered by the School of Maritime Studies, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. This program is for students who aim to pursue a career in public safety and includes skills training that will empower students to conduct publication-quality research in areas of safety and survival.

Program Structure

The Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Public Safety) consists of 15 credit hours of coursework relevant to the student’s research area and chosen in consultation with the supervisor and a thesis composed of at least one manuscript of original research. Students may be required by their Supervisory Committee to take additional courses. The degree would normally be completed within four semesters from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program. Students will normally complete course requirements in their first three semesters.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and competitive.

  • To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold at least a high second-class Honours Degree (from areas such as, but not limited to, criminology or criminal justice, emergency management, engineering, kinesiology, maritime studies, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology or sociology), or an M.D. Degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  • The applicant demonstrates a commitment and passion for personal, institutional, and public safety. Experience in research programs, marine-based industries (e.g., fisheries, oil and gas), marine transport, firefighting, search and rescue, coast guard, policing, correctional services, paramedics, intelligence, public safety communications, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities is considered an asset.

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

What Faculty Say

“The safety of the public is an essential component to quality of life. The program is designed to prepare students for work in the public safety and armed forces sectors, tying together disciplinary approaches with a focus on a healthier, safer, and best-prepared workforce. Students will benefit from rigorous applied and theoretical learning, advance knowledge, and build connections with the greater public safety community at sea and on land.”

- Rosemary Ricciardelli, PhD