Admissions: Professional Science Master's (PSM) 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 is an initiative utilizing UNE’s strengths in the environmental, marine, and social sciences, health care, and humanities to pursue opportunities for partnerships in the Arctic and North Atlantic to position Maine as an international gateway to the “New North.”

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Ocean Food Systems program is now accepting applications for enrollment into its first class for Summer 2019.

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 interactions 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 will identify local to global connections and challenges to study as PSM projects.

Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation Fellows in Ocean Food Systems

The Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation has provided significant funding to support highly competitive applicants who enroll in this first-of-its kind degree program. Students selected for this honor will be known as Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation Fellows in Ocean Food Systems and will receive $40,000 toward their program tuition and $2,500 in travel and expenses.

Applying for Summer 2019

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
  • Our priority deadline has passed, however we are still accepting applications through March 1 for the Summer 2019 start term.
  • 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 February 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
  • Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation Fellows
    • After submitting a complete application, UNE Graduate Admissions will contact you about applying for the fellowship
    • Highly qualified applicants will be required to interview with the PSM Admissions Committee, and top candidates will be selected as Henry L. & Grace Doherty Foundation based on their experience, expertise, and knowledge of Ocean Food Systems
  • 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

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