Marine Institute

Marine Institute | St. John's, N.L. | Founded 1964

Marine Institute Bonne Bay Marine Station

Bonne Bay Marine Station in Newfoundland. (Marine Institute)

The Marine Institute, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, is an internationally known school for ocean studies. The institute features unique facilities, such as the world’s largest flume tank, a simulator for remotely operated vehicles and one of only two full-motion ship-bridge simulators in the world. Affiliated with Memorial University, the school offers more than 25 certificate, diploma, degree, advanced diploma, graduate and Ph.D. programs.

The institute’s main academic departments are fisheries, maritime studies and ocean technology. Areas of study range from nautical science and ocean mapping to shipbuilding, fisheries science and marine spatial planning. To support these programs—as well as its applied research initiatives—the institute has specialized training centres throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Centre for Marine Simulation is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in North America, capable of simulating complex ocean missions. The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre provides safety and survival training for maritime and offshore industries. The Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research focuses on Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries and the sustainability of stocks and also mentors graduates in fisheries science.

The institute has strong international ties, participating in 120 research projects in 50 countries.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,300 $3,610-$3,641 $8,478-$16,840 $4,914-$13,848 Yes

Cool Options

  • Ocean Mapping: In this program, students cultivate technical skills to collect, manage, analyze and disseminate ocean data.
  • Marine Studies: The first master’s program of its kind in Canada, this program focuses on the ecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological elements and the governance of sustainable ocean and coastal zone development.
  • Fisheries Science: This graduate program trains researchers to collect and analyze fisheries data. Graduate students complete training in statistics and study design and science communication.

Popular Programs

  • Bridge Watch
  • Nautical Science
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Food Safety
  • Underwater Vehicles

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