MMM Application requirements

Master of Marine Management application information

All items below are required to support your application.
*Incomplete applications will not be considered.*

**Please ensure that any documents submitted by email are in PDF format.**

Application deadline

The MMM program begins accepting applications on October 23rd, 2023. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by January 15, 2024 (or as early as possible). All applications should be received by March 31, 2024. Applications received after this date be considered if there remain available seats in the 2024/2025 cohort. Application review begins in mid-January, and applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision on a rolling basis. 

Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Applications received by January 31st, 2024 will be eligible for consideration for limited scholarship support. Since funding support form the department is limited, applicants are encouraged to seek their own funding from both Dalhousie and external sources. 

Information on scholarships and additional funding opportunities are available on the Marine Affairs Program Scholarship and Awards Page.

MMM Application Requirements

Two steps are required to apply to the MMM program


1.     Application for Admission

The Application for Admission form is available online. This form and the application fee informs the Registrar's Office that you are applying to the MMM Program. 

Applicants are advised to submit the Admission form and application fee at least 2 weeks in advance of the deadline in order to activate the e-reference system (see Section 2 b below).

2.     Supporting Documents for the MMM application

Applicable supporting documents must be submitted directly to the Marine Affairs Program at as PDF files or mailed directly to:

Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada

a. Transcripts

For application purposes, unofficial academic transcripts and degree certificates (if degree conferral not stated on transcripts) are required for each post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts should include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree issuing university. Transcripts are to be submitted as PDF files, file name lastname_first initial_trancript.pdf.

Should you be accepted for admission to your program of choice, final transcripts will be required within 90 days of the start of your program. Submission of official transcripts for newly admitted students must be sent directly from the degree granting university.  

*Note that the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the inability of an issuing institution to issue documents.   

Important transcript details:

  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • Notarized copies of transcripts are not permitted.
  • Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
  • Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Dalhousie University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Official transcripts are not required for any courses or degrees you have completed at Dalhousie University.

b. References

A minimum of three (3) confidential Letters of Reference, two of which are academic references from full time tenure track or tenured professors.

Reference letters can be submitted through the electronic reference system in the online application.  

Electronic references can only be submitted after the Application for Admission form And Application fee has been submitted (see Section 1 above).

In order to submit an e-reference, Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital, and government email addresses [i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, or business addresses]. References will be sent a notification by email indicating you have listed them as a reference, and the procedure for completing the online reference form. Allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. Take this into consideration for the application deadline.

References that do not have an email address as indicated above must contact directly for instructions.

NOTE: Dalhousie attempts to verify all references for application to Graduate School. 

HINT: If you completed an honours thesis, one of your references should be from your honours thesis supervisor. If this is not possible, please explain why in your application. Your other academic references should come from faculty (tenure track or tenured) who taught you in upper level and/or seminar-type classes.

c. MMM Supplemental Application Form

The MMM Supplemental Form is in PDF format. To complete the form, you need to download Adobe Reader DC. The Word version of the form is available upon request from

HINT: Life happens, and the MAP Admissions Committee understands. Use this form as an opportunity to explain yourself (grades, reference selection, work experience, etc.). All applications are confidential.

d. Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae should summarize your academic and work history, research, publications, awards, fellowships, extra-curricular activities and volunteer experience.

e. Additional Material

Any additional material you think would assist your application is welcomed. This would include honours thesis, publications, major papers written for upper level undergraduate courses, etc. 

HINT: If you have completed an honours thesis, submit a copy. Otherwise a major/research paper prepared for an upper level course should be included to support your application.  

f. English Language Competency

International students must complete the same admission process as Canadian students. If English is not your first language and you did not complete your most recent degree at an English-speaking institution, you must submit an English proficiency test score.

Refer to the English Language Competency Page for more information.

g. External Funding Award Letter

For those that have received external scholarship funding, a copy of the award letter must be submitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.     Are the 16 months of the Marine Affairs Program continuous? 
The MMM degree program begins in September of each year and runs continuously for 16 months, for full-time students.

2.     How long does the program typically take to complete?
Students are fully committed for the entire 16 months, including the summer term.

3.     When do students undertake the internship?
Students undertake their internships normally in the summer term. Students are registered as Full-Time students during this term.

4.     I do not have an undergraduate degree in marine science. Do I have the appropriate background to undertake the MMM degree program?
The Marine Affairs Program seeks to enroll students from a wide variety of disciplines. Students enter the program from science, social science, law, policy, political science, engineering, planning, economics and business.  MAP supports the interdisciplinary diversity because it ensures a horizontal learning environment (i.e. student to student) as well as the more traditional vertical situation (i.e. instructor to student).

5.     Do I need to identify a supervisor prior to applying to the MMM program
An academic supervisor does not need to be identified prior to the start of the MMM program. Selection of supervisors takes place during the first 2 terms of the degree program, usually in conjunction with choosing a research topic for the Graduate Project.