2018-10-04 / Community News

UNE introduces new degree

The University of New England will help nurture the next generation of leaders in sustainable ocean management with a new Professional Science Master’s in Ocean Food Systems.

This program will position students for leadership positions at the nexus of science, business and policy in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions, or what many have called “The New North.”

The Professional Science Master’s is an emerging graduate degree designed to empower students with advanced training in science or math while positioning them with participatory, management, communications and business skills as well as workplace connections.

Master’s combines fisheries, aquaculture and seafood research to tackle real-world challenges in ocean food systems –- challenges identified not only by faculty and researchers but also by industry leaders. Through one year projects, students will create meaningful solutions across the entire ocean foods spectrum. These projects, acknowledging that the shared goals of fisheries and aquaculture must be viewed collectively, rather than separately, will examine all the common challenges and opportunities in seafood trade and production, marine business, governance, law, management and policy.

All of the master’s projects will be conducted by students in coordination with an industry/business partner, creating opportunities for direct employment.

Developed by UNE’s Institute for North Atlantic Studies and School of Marine Programs in cooperation with two Icelandic universities, the University of Akureyri and Holar University College, the program kicks off with two-week residencies in Iceland and in Downeast Maine. In the near future, the Professional Science Master’s will be expanded to the countries of Sweden and Norway in the second phase of its development.

There are a limited number of fellowships available for highly competitive applicants who may qualify to become Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation Fellows in Ocean Food Systems, an honor that includes $40,000 toward program tuition and $2,500 in travel and expenses.

Return to top