Master of Science - Fisheries Science - Stock Assessment

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The Master of Science in Fisheries Science (Stock Assessment) programme at the Marine Institute's School of Fisheries offers a full-time, research-focused Master's degree. This curriculum is designed for students who want to work in stock assessment, a branch of fisheries research.

Professionals in stock assessment use data from various sources to build statistical models that tell us about the biomass of species in the ocean and how many can be fished sustainably. While stock assessment professionals must possess many of the same skills as other fisheries scientists, they must also be masters in the mathematics and statistics that drive this extremely quantitative discipline.

Program structure

  • Science Communication for Fisheries
  • Ecology, Management, and Practice of North Atlantic Fisheries
  • Overview of Statistical Stock Assessment
  • Advanced Statistical Stock Assessment



  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a high second class Honours degree or an M.D. degree, or the equivalent of either, both in achievement and depth of study from an institution of recognized standing.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of mathematics, statistics and scientific computing. Applicants will need to have identified a supervisor, who must be either a research scientist with the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries, a cross-appointed or adjunct faculty with the School or an actively-publishing researcher within the School who holds a Ph.D.

Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

  • The applicant’s undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization;
  • The applicant’s overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least Grade B in all courses taken; and
  • The applicant demonstrates a commitment and passion for mathematics or statistics, through employment or experience in field schools, research programs, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

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:

  • 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
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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