Aquaculture

Master Of Professional Science

Aquaculture Degree Track

Aquaculture provides over 50% of the seafood for human consumption. As the fastest growing sector of food production, growing at a rate of ~10% annually, it has reshaped the fishery industry and fisheries management strategies worldwide. The Professional Masters Program in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political 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. Emphasis is placed on the environmental sustainability of commercially important marine fish species, as well as shrimp and mollusks.

The program combines extensive laboratory courses with substantial hands-on experiences at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery (UMEH), working with broodstock, spawning, larval rearing, live feed production, nurseries, and shipping/transport. Furthermore, students participate in a field course organized in collaboration with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATCC) and conducted simultaneously with the Annual Workshop on the “Physiology and Aquaculture of Pelagics with Emphasis on Reproduction and Early Developmental Stages of yellow fin Tuna”. This 2-week, intensive field course takes place at the world renowned Achotines Laboratory in Provincia de Los Santos, on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama.

Aquaculture (AQU)

The MPS in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political 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.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
MES 612Aquaculture I 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (or ELECTIVE)
3
MES 602 or 625Economics of Natural Resources
or Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
3
MES 617Legal Environment And Business Planning In Aquaculture 3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
MES 613Aquaculture II Lab 3
MES 628Seafood Market and Marketing 3
MBE 686
or MES 629
Environmental Biology of Fishes (or ELECTIVE)
or Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
3
MES 619Aquaculture III 3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MES 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
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.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
Business School electives are applicable, with approval from Academic Advisor
BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MBE 676Diseases of Marine Organisms3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
MES 671Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 645Scientific Communication3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 614Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin