Master of Marine Management (MMM)

The Master of Marine Management (MMM) provides a theoretical and practical basis for understanding coastal and ocean development, planning, and conservation issues affecting the sustainable use of the seas’ resources. The MMM degree is a professional, interdisciplinary, non-thesis program requiring core courses in the marine, social and management sciences as well as a choice of electives from areas such as marine science, policy and law.

The overarching emphasis of the program is on the solution of marine management problems by trans-disciplinary synthesis. Teamwork in research and planning is the primary modus operandi of the Marine Affairs Program. The MMM degree’s format attracts mid-career professionals from all over the world.

Subject areas addressed in the program include but are not limited to arctic environmental knowledge, climate change adaptation, coastal tourism, community based co-management, development of non-living resources, eco-labelling and seafood certification, ecosystem based management, fisheries management, indigenous knowledge systems, integrated coastal zone management, marine conservation, marine law and policy, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, maritime enforcement, maritime transport, risk management, and ocean governance. Students are required to complete a graduate project with an emphasis on management, and to undertake a training internship at an organization relevant to their expertise and interests.

The Master of Marine Management degree program begins in September of each year. The duration of the program for full-time study is 4 consecutive terms (16 months) to complete the required courses. Students are required to complete the required courses in Terms 1, 2 and 4; the internship and field work for the research in Term 3; and the writing and submission of the graduate project research and oral presentation as well as any remaining course requirements in Term 4.

Students of the Master of Marine Management degree program must obtain 30 credit hours to graduate. The MMM program is made up of core required courses (21 credit hours) and graduate electives courses (9 credit hours). Students tailor their MMM degree through the selection of electives that support their graduate project research and career interests.

Fall Term (term one)
Core required courses:
MARA 5010.03 Contemporary Issues in Ocean Management and Development Part 1
MARA 5004.03 Marine Management Skills Development

Winter Term (term two)
MARA 5011.03 Contemporary Issues in Ocean Management and Development Part 2
MARA 5003.03 Marine Science and Technology

Summer Term (term 3)
MARA 5002.06 Graduate Project

Fall term (term 4)
MARA 5002.06 Graduate Project (continued)
MARA 5009.03 Coastal Zone Management

Graduate level electives (9 credit hours) are selected over the course of the MMM program in collaboration with a MAP faculty member.


Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. A minimum GPA of 3.7 is required for scholarship consideration. Check the Master of Marine Management website for current opportunities.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for external scholarships, including NSERC and SSHRC as appropriate. Applicants are urged to apply for external scholarship funding from donor organizations, foundations and their home countries. Applicants should be mindful of the application deadline of potential scholarships in the event that they need assistance from MAP to contribute any supporting documentation for their scholarship application.