At the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, graduate students are trained and supervised by leading experts. Our Master’s and PhD students develop and conduct independent research projects investigating a wide range of problems related to fisheries, freshwater systems, and the health of our oceans. These include determining the effects of climate change, the assessment and management of artisanal and commercial food capture fisheries, recreational fisheries, coastal and watershed management, aquaculture biology and engineering, conflict resolution and the co-management of shared fishery resources, and the conservation of endangered exploited species in marine and freshwater environments.

This guideline complements the general admission requirements detailed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students who have the agreement of an IOF faculty member to supervise their research are encouraged to apply through the RES (Resources, Environment, Sustainability) program. Students may also be admitted through other departments, such as Zoology, Geography, or Earth and Ocean Sciences, as long as they are supervised by an IOF faculty member. Most departments require a research proposal as part of the admission process. Once admitted, a student’s graduate program is administered through their academic department and they are offered study space and co-curricular opportunities at the IOF.

The IOF and the First Nations House of Learning encourage applications from aboriginal students for Master’s and PhD programs.