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Degree Programs

Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems

Learn about the Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems

We’re looking to nurture the next generation of leaders in sustainable ocean development with a one-of-a-kind program that positions you at the nexus of science, business, and policy in the North Atlantic. With the Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) in Ocean Food Systems, you'll join the next generation of sustainability-minded leaders who will pioneer the development of sustainable ocean food systems in the “New North.” You’ll emerge with an entrepreneurial mindset, ready to advance your career. 

What Makes the P.S.M. in Ocean Food Systems Unique?

focus on oceans


UNE is offering the first food systems P.S.M. in the U.S. that is focused on the marine space. As a student, you'll pursue meaningful solutions to real-world challenges across ocean food systems — in fisheries and aquaculture, seafood trade and production, and marine governance and policy.

innovative structure


Your focus during this 12-month program will be a customized master’s project. After two-week team residencies in Iceland and Maine, and a course on research techniques, you'll begin intensive work on your project, staying in touch with your class through weekly meetings and lectures from thought leaders.

industry experience


UNE has established partnerships with businesses from across the ocean foods industry. For your master's project, you will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with industry partners, gaining first-hand experience in their category and building long-term relationships.

generous fellowships


Fellowships are available to those students who apply by the priority deadline. For more information, contact Zach Miller-Hope or Barry A. Costa-Pierce

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Additional Information about the P.S.M. in Ocean Food Systems

The P.S.M. in Ocean Food Systems was developed by the University of New England and UNE NORTH in partnership with two Icelandic universities — The University of Akureyri and Holar University College. 

This 12-month degree program combines the strengths of these institutions to holistically examine ocean foods value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, and their interactions with marine governance, law, management, and policy.

Two 2-week intensives in Maine and Iceland bring you face to face with ocean foods systems, industry partners, practitioners, and researchers, developing your awareness of shared chronic issues felt across the North Atlantic stemming from profound climatic and economic shifts.

You will earn a UNE degree while benefitting from the expertise of instructors, researchers, and industry professionals working on similar issues in North Atlantic countries, building skills and networks needed for success in the 21st century innovation economy. Courses, seminars, and workshops conducted by UNE, Akureyri, and Holar faculty via Global Classroom technologies deepen your understanding of shared ocean food systems issues and potential shared solutions.