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.

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) is at the final stages of establishing its own graduate program. Currently, it is with the provincial government for the final approval and we anticipate it by the end of 2018. Unfortunately, this may coincide with the closing deadline (December 31, 2018) of the University of British Columbia graduate school application period. Given the current timeframe, IOF would be unlikely to directly admit students for the academic year within the official UBC graduate school application period.

For this reason we are asking our potential incoming students to submit their applications indirectly through other departments (mainly IRES (Resources, Environment, Sustainability), EOAS (Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences), and Zoology) for a 2019/20 program start. They will be given the option to transfer to the IOF program once it is all set up (expected in the beginning to mid 2019). IOF has discussed this matter with the other departments, and they are amenable to this solution.

If you are interested in applying for the 2019/20 academic year, we recommend that you first connect with a potential supervisor (IOF faculty members), and if they are willing to accept you as a student, discuss with them which department they would recommend you apply to in this instance (i.e. a department that they are affiliated with). This will ensure that, when the time comes, the transition to the IOF program will be stress-free.

Thank you

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.