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

Applications received by January 31, 2021 will be eligible for consideration for limited scholarship support. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the January 31, 2021 deadline. All additional applications should be received by March 31, 2021, while after that date admissions will be subject to availability.

MMM Application Requirements

1.     Application for Admission form

The Application for Admission form is available online or in print form 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).

For submission of the paper form and application fee, mail to:

Office of the Registrar
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000 Halifax N.S.
B3H 4R2 Canada

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

One (1) official transcript of grades for all post-secondary educational institution(s) attended. Official Transcripts must be sent directly to the Marine Affairs Program from the university/college/educational institution(s), and must bear the official stamp or seal of the institution. A notarized translation is required for each non-English transcript. All transcripts are verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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 either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper [DOC - 100KB]

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.

Thos providing references from an email address not indicated above must ontact 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. The 2020 version is suitable to use for the 2021 application. 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 that. Use this form as an opportunity to explain yourself (grades, reference selection, work experience, etc.). All applications are considered 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.

Scholarship opportunities

Information on scholarships is available on the Marine Affairs Program Scholarship and Awards Page

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.

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.