Why do your MMM at Dal?

A Unique Program, A Unique Experience

The Marine Affairs Program offers a professional education at the graduate level for ocean managers. The Master of Marine Management (MMM) degree is of interest to students with a strong academic record planning a career in marine affairs, managers employed in the public and private sectors with responsibilities in marine affairs, individuals aspiring to commence or strengthen their academic or teaching careers, and community organisers wishing to further their understanding of marine affairs in order to benefit their communities. 

The Master of Marine Management is a professional, non-thesis and interdisciplinary degree program offering required classes in the marine and social sciences as well as a choice of electives from approved marine-related classes. The subject areas addressed include coastal zone management, sea use planning, fisheries management, marine law and policy, maritime transport, development of non-living resources, protection and preservation of the coastal and marine environment, coastal tourism, maritime enforcement, and conflict management. Students are also required to prepare a graduate research project with an emphasis on planning. 

Marine Affairs Vision

To be the foremost provider of interdisciplinary education for marine management professionals, thereby advancing sustainable ocean uses and healthy marine environments.

Marine Affairs Mission Statement 

The MAP Mission, with its emphasis on education, research and service, will create an inquiring and stimulating learning environment that supports the Dalhousie Faculty of Management’s vision of "Management Without Borders" by building on extensive global-to-local marine management networks.

MAP’s purpose is directed towards:


Develop outstanding marine management professionals, through promotion of synergies between the humanities, social sciences, professions and natural sciences, who will demonstrate broad awareness of the need for interdisciplinary knowledge and viewpoints, as well as the skills and tools needed to make informed decisions;


Catalyze interdisciplinary marine-related research by advocating the rigorous pursuit of knowledge in a broad array of scholarly topics that are attractive to MAP students and researchers, in addition to other educational, governmental, NGO and private sector organizations;


Share marine management expertise, and related skills, within the Dalhousie community and worldwide, through a network of faculty, graduates and associates.