Degree Programs

Introducing the Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems

Learn about the Professional Science Master's (PSM) 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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The Henry L. and Grace Doherty Foundation has provided significant funding to support competitive applicants who enroll in this program. Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation Fellows in Ocean Food Systems will receive $40,000 toward tuition and $2,500 in travel and expenses.

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Additional Information on the Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Ocean Food Systems

The Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems is a “local-to-global” degree program that will be accepting students from throughout North America in 2019. This PSM was developed over a 2-year period by the University of New England and UNE NORTH in cooperation with two Icelandic universities: The University of Akureyri and Holar University College.

This 12-month degree program will combine the strengths of these institutions to examine holistically ocean foods value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, and their interactions with marine governance, law, management, and policy. The program’s goal is to train the next generation of sustainability-minded leaders who will pioneer the sustainable development of North Atlantic/Arctic “farm to fork” and “port to plate” ocean food systems.

Students enrolled in the PSM in Ocean Food Systems will earn a UNE degree while benefiting from the expertise of instructors, researchers, and industry professionals throughout the North Atlantic, and building the 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 will allow students in Maine and Iceland to work together to deepen their knowledge and skills.

During two-week residencies in Iceland and Maine, UNE’s PSM students, together with faculty and industry partners, will identify local challenges to be studied as thesis projects. These projects, conducted over the course of the program, will involve an industry/business partner, creating excellent opportunities for direct employment while allowing students to explore their passions and gain the skills and knowledge they need to be leaders along the ocean food supply chain.