Master of Professional Science


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.

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Aquaculture Management Aquaculture Management II
Introduction to Marine GIS Coastal Zone Management / Or ELECTIVE
Economics of Natural Resources OR Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management Political Ecology of Resource Management / Or ELECTIVE
Biology and Systematics of Fishes / Or ELECTIVE Aquaculture Management III — *SUMMER FIELD COURSE

Other Electives:
Business School electives are applicable, with approval from Academic Advisor
Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates
Advanced Biometrics
Biometrics in Marine Science
Coastal Law and Policy
Diseases of Marine Organisms
Environmental Law
Interdisciplinary Environmental Theory
International Ocean Law
Marine Conservation Biology
Oceans and Human Health
Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
Scientific Communication
Statistics for Environmental Management
Sustainable Fisheries
Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course