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M.Sc. Marine Management MMM (Master of Science in Marine Management )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost $10327.39/year plus Books, Supplies and Residence for Canadian Citizens

Master of Marine Management (MMM)

The Marine Affairs Program offers the Master of Marine Management degree to students with a strong academic record who are planning a career path in marine affairs and have an interest in climate change, public and private sector management, conservation science, planning, public service, engineering, community organizing or public policy. The Master of Marine Management is a professional and interdisciplinary degree program focusing on an applied research project and required classes in the marine and social sciences as well as a choice of electives from approved marine-related classes. The subject areas addressed include but are not limited to: arctic environmental knowledge, climate change adaptation, coastal tourism, community based co-management, development of non-living resources, ecolabelling 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, ocean governance.  Students are required to prepare a graduate research project with an emphasis on management and planning.

A Unique Program, A Unique Experience

The Marine Affairs Program offers a professional education at the graduate level for ocean managers. The Master of Marine Management (MMM) degree is of interest to students with a strong academic record planning a career in marine affairs, managers employed in the public and private sectors with responsibilities in marine affairs, individuals aspiring to commence or strengthen their academic or teaching careers, and community organisers wishing to further their understanding of marine affairs in order to benefit their communities. 

The Master of Marine Management is a professional, non-thesis and interdisciplinary degree program offering required classes in the marine and social sciences as well as a choice of electives from approved marine-related classes. The subject areas addressed include coastal zone management, sea use planning, fisheries management, marine law and policy, maritime transport, development of non-living resources, protection and preservation of the coastal and marine environment, coastal tourism, maritime enforcement, and conflict management. Students are also required to prepare a graduate research project with an emphasis on planning.

Marine Affairs Vision

To be the foremost provider of interdisciplinary education for marine management professionals, thereby advancing sustainable ocean uses and healthy marine environments.

Marine Affairs Mission Statement 

The MAP Mission, with its emphasis on education, research and service, will create an inquiring and stimulating learning environment that supports the Dalhousie Faculty of Management’s vision of "Management Without Borders" by building on extensive global-to-local marine management networks.

MAP’s purpose is directed towards:


Develop outstanding marine management professionals, through promotion of synergies between the humanities, social sciences, professions and natural sciences, who will demonstrate broad awareness of the need for interdisciplinary knowledge and viewpoints, as well as the skills and tools needed to make informed decisions;


Catalyze interdisciplinary marine-related research by advocating the rigorous pursuit of knowledge in a broad array of scholarly topics that are attractive to MAP students and researchers, in addition to other educational, governmental, NGO and private sector organizations;


Share marine management expertise, and related skills, within the Dalhousie community and worldwide, through a network of faculty, graduates and associates.


Sustainable Oceans Conference - annual MMM student-led conference

As part of the MMM degree, each MMM student class is required to plan and host the Sustainable Oceans Conference which is supported by the Sobey Fund for Oceans. The conference is the only ocean related student-led conference of its type in Atlantic Canada and has been successfully executed since 2012. Throughout the years, each MMM class chooses a topical theme on marine affairs to inspire interdisciplinary approaches for creating health oceans and sustainable economies. The conference brings together an audience of students, faculty, members of the marine management community, and the general public.  

The conference is an opportunity for students to undertake leadership roles in organizing, planning and hosting the conference. The leadership team consists of conference co-chairs, and team leaders of the following sub-committees:

  • Communications Lead
  • Fundraising Lead
  • Logistics Lead
  • Submissions Lead

Through the organizing and planning of the Sustainable Oceans Conference, students obtain valuable career skills including:

  • Project Management
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Media Skills
  • Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Presentation Skills
  • Building Valuable Partnerships and,
  • Many More!

The Sustainable Oceans Conference also gives MMM students the opportunity to present their graduate research projects through either an oral presentation or an academic poster further developing their professional skills. The conference is a fun and rewarding way for students to gain professional skills and share their passions for marine affairs.


Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management