Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping)

Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping)
Skills and Interests

You want to acquire, understand and communicate ocean data for the sustainable management of our ocean resources.

Work Environment

Government agencies, surveying companies, engineering and environmental consultancies, intergovernmental bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations, not-for-profit organizations, university research teams.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

36 credit hours Course Route or Project Route


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  January 15. Fall entry only. This program does not accept applications for the Winter or Spring semester.

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Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) brochure

Program Description

The new Degree of Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) focuses on refining an ocean mapper’s technological competency to manage ocean data and develop real-world solutions for the sustainability of our oceans. The master’s program is for students looking to attain higher level of credential with opportunities to gain extensive knowledge and skills.

This Program has been recognized as meeting the requirements of the FIG/IHO/ICA S-5A Standards of Competence for Category "A" Hydrographic Surveyors.

Program Structure

The program focuses on the development of the required level of technological literacy and competency to be an effective ocean mapper through advanced and applied technical training and applied research. Core courses are designed to develop a thorough understanding of core values and competencies as well as proficiencies in hydrographic best practices, geospatial data analysis, image interpretation and application development. A field immersion component resonates with the practical application of the “plan-to-chart” solution through real-world, industrial situations that offer students the medium of linking learning with doing. The Master of Applied Ocean Technology program can be completed through either the Project Route or the Course Route.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering or equivalent, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate. Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

  • The applicant has completed a second-class or equivalent undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by the Senate;
  • The applicant demonstrates a satisfactory level of knowledge of math and science through undergraduate or graduate course.
  • The applicant demonstrates in a statement of interest, a commitment and passion for ocean mapping and related technology through combined efforts of prior technical training in a relevant ocean technology field and employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the ocean technology industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

Completion of additional course work in math, science, and/or related technology may be required.

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Services at IELTS information is available at Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

Please refer to the Memorial University Calendar for descriptions and regulations for this program.

What Faculty Say

"The Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) is unique, multi-disciplinary, industry-relevant, technical and applied by design. It fosters the development of enhanced technological literacy and competency within a student-centered, transformational learning environment that links the knowing with the doing and assists in making the transition from academia to industry as seamless as possible."

– Paul Elliott, Academic Director, Marine Institute

What Researchers Say

"In order to manage the ocean more sustainably, we need to explore and understand it with curiosity, grit, technological innovation and a worldwide coalition. The seabed is a challenging place to explore – Mars and the moon are better surveyed! Ocean mapping master’s students will prepare for leadership roles in a new age of human discovery. There is now an ambitious international ‘moonshot’ goal to map the Global Ocean at a reasonable resolution by the end of this decade: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project."

- Dr. Sean Mullan, Researcher, Marine Institute