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Admissions: Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems

UNE NORTH, The Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England, is an education and research leader for Maine in the North Atlantic/Arctic Oceans region.

The Institute utilizes UNE’s strengths in the environmental, marine, social sciences, health care, and humanities to pursue opportunities for partnerships in the Arctic and North Atlantic and to position Maine as an international gateway to the “New North.”

The PSM 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 PSM projects.

PSM application is open August 1. We will be interviewing everyone that applies for the fellowship.

Applying for Summer 2020

All applications for admission to UNE’s Professional Science Masters in Ocean Food Systems must be submitted through the UNE Graduate Admissions Application.

  • Detailed instructions are included in the application
  • December 1: Deadline for application to be electronically submitted to be considered for a fellowship award
  • December 15: Deadline for completion of application to be considered for a fellowship award
  • January: Fellowship interviews will be held with decisions sent by February 15
  • March 2: Application close date for non-Fellowship applications
  • UNE Graduate Admissions will notify you via e-mail when we receive your application
    • Additional e-mail communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
    • Applications will undergo preliminary review as received
  • All completed application files will be sent to the PSM program Admissions Committee for review after the priority deadline
  • Decisions will be made by the PSM Admissions Committee with decision letters sent by March 1.
  • Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit (deposit will be applied to your first enrollment term tuition)

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 any other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar. 

Academic/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to enrollment
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred

Procedures and Policies

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the UNE Graduate Admissions application only
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly from the issuing institution to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Provide email addresses for three (3) reference letter writers
    • One (1) academic reference from faculty who can comment on your potential for graduate study in Ocean Food Systems
    • Two (2), preferably from internship or work advisors
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited U.S. institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the University (UNE)
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application


  • 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 requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admissions policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all 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.