Graduate Program


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 now has a new Oceans and Fisheries Graduate Program (MSc and PhD), starting in September 2019!

New Students

September 2019 intake

  • Applications are now closed and admissions are in process.

September 2020 intake

  • Application will be open beginning November 1, 2019
  • Deadline to be considered for CGS-M Scholarship – November 20, 2019
  • Deadline for MSc and PhD program applications – January 15, 2020

UBC students wishing to transfer to the Oceans and Fisheries Graduate Program (MSc and PhD)

Please complete one of the following forms:

  1. The form must be signed by both the applicant and their current Supervisor. Note: applicants do not need to seek the signature of their current graduate program advisor before submission. IOF will seek these additional signatures.
  2. Please write a short description (one paragraph max) outlining why you want to transfer to the OCF.
  3. Please write a point-form list indicating whether you have or will meet the OCF program requirements (see,204,828,1632). Note that, on a case-by-case basis, we can waive some of these requirements. So in cases where you do not think you will be able to reach a requirement, describe how you think you have gained the required skills.
    • For example, MSc students, please indicate the classes you have already taken and how you think they fall under the elective categories.
    • Another example, if you do not want to take FISH 500, please tell us how you think you have met the learning outcomes of that class (see
    • If you have not done 10 days of field work, please indicate that this is the case. Unlike other requirements, this requirement will be automatically waived since we are in the process of changing this requirement.
  4. Deadline for submitting to the OCF office: May 31, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Eden Fellner (