The P.S.M. in Ocean Food Systems is a 12-month degree program where you will holistically examine ocean foods value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, seafood trade, and interact with marine governance, law, management, and policy. You will earn a UNE degree while benefitting from the expertise of instructors, researchers, and industry professionals throughout the North Atlantic. The unique program features team-building two-week residencies in Iceland and Maine where students, faculty, and industry partners identify local to global connections and challenges to study as P.S.M. projects.

Important Application Dates

  • For Program Starting: Fall 2021
  • All applicants must apply through the Graduate Centralized Application Service (GradCAS)
  • Application Portal opens for Fall 2021 admission: September 10, 2020
  • Priority Application Submission Deadline (for Fellowship award consideration): December 10, 2020
  • Priority Application Completion Deadline: December 22, 2020 (all application materials must be received by this date for Fellowship consideration)
  • Final Application Deadline (not eligible for Fellowship consideration): March 1, 2021

Application Process

  • All complete applications will be sent to the P.S.M. program Admissions Committee for review after the Priority Application deadline.
  • Interviews are required for all Priority Applications in line for Fellowship consideration.
  • Interviews will be conducted during the month of January 2021.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admissions decisions via email.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar


Admissions requirements


The University of New England P.S.M. in Ocean Food Systems participates in the Graduate Centralized Application Service (GradCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.


Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to GradCAS. Please see our GradCAS application for additional information and instructions.


  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred.


Three (3) letters of reference are required* – submitted via GradCAS

  • One (1) academic reference from faculty who can comment on your potential for graduate study in Ocean Food Systems.
  • Two (2) letters from internship or work/faculty advisors.
    *Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable.


  • Please refer to the GradCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.


International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be sent directly to GradCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the GradCAS application for test score submission instructions.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.


  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants.
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements.
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and are made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.

Contact Graduate Admissions

For more information, contact our Portland Campus office at (207) 221-4225 or We are located in Hersey Hall room 108 at 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine. Our office hours are Monday–Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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