Overview

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Aquaculture focuses on the scientific, technological, environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, political, management and business aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery and grow-out technology, and commercialization. The Aquaculture track is supported by an innovative and progressive research and development program in sustainable aquaculture focusing on emerging technologies. R&D priority topics are innovative hatchery technology and environmentally responsible grow-out methods such as offshore aquaculture and recirculating aquaculture systems.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

MBE 612Aquaculture I3
MBE 613Aquaculture II Lab3
MBE 619Aquaculture III3
MBE 617Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations3
MBE 628Seafood Market and Marketing3
MBE 686Fish Physiology (or ELECTIVE)3
or EVR 629 Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
EVR 602Economics of Natural Resources3
or EVR 625 Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (or ELECTIVE)
3
EVR 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

EVR 616Ocean Policy3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 671Marine Conservation Biology4
EVR 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
EVR 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MBE 614Tropical Marine Biology3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
MBE 676Diseases of Marine Organisms3
RSM 612Statistics for Marine Scientists3
BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
Business School electives are applicable, with approval from Academic Advisor

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MBE 612 Aquaculture I 3
MBE 617 Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations 3
EVR 602 or 625 Economics of Natural Resources
or Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory *
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MBE 613 Aquaculture II Lab 3
MBE 628 Seafood Market and Marketing 3
MBE 686 or EVR 629 Fish Physiology *
or Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
MBE 619 Aquaculture III 3
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Mission

The mission of the Aquaculture track is to provide students with an interdisciplinary study of sustainable aquaculture and related industries, as well as advanced training on environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of marine aquaculture. Emphasis is placed on the environmental sustainability of commercially important marine fish species, as well as shrimp and mollusks. The program combines classroom lessons with experiential learning at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery (UMEH) to prepare students for careers in marine aquaculture.

Goals

The goal of this track is to advance sustainable marine aquaculture and address issues affecting seafood industries. Within this realm, students will be exposed to all stages of planning and development, from site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery and grow-out technology, and commercialization. In addition, students will learn to develop and/or improve an aquaculture business.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to effectively plan and execute an aquaculture operation including all related aspects of rearing, harvest, storage, shipping, and marketing.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a final, written report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.