Fisheries Management And Conservation Degree Track

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Master of Professional Science

Fisheries management and conservation supports the stewardship of marine resources by providing quantitative knowledge and modeling of the natural and anthropogenic processes that regulate marine ecosystems. These models also provide predictions on the future behavior of those ecosystems.

The Fisheries Management and Conservation MPS track allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a scientist supporting marine resource management with curriculum options including, fishery and protected resources management, fisheries assessments, and quantitative ecology. Graduates with these skills find employment in government agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, state agencies, fishery councils, regional NOAA laboratories, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).


Bachelor’s degree in any field

Course topics:

Processes influencing fisheries and protected resources management, development of marine ecosystem policy alternatives, design and implementation of surveys and monitoring programs for fisheries and marine ecosystems. Statistical and mathematical modeling tools in marine and fisheries ecology.

Example job titles:

  • Associate Software Developer
  • Fisheries Management Planner
  • Field Natural Resources Specialist

Track Leaders

Dr. Elizabeth Babcock

Fisheries Management and Conservation

(305) 421-4852

Position and Research Expertise

Beth Babcock is a Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She is an expert on fish population dynamics, quantitative ecology and fisheries management ....

Dr. David Die

Fisheries Management and Conservation

(305) 421-4607
Research Expertise Professor Die has worked for 30 years on research devoted to the assessment and management of worldwide fisheries and his research has been instrumental in the development of major management changes to promote sustainability. He has current collaborative research links with scientists in scientific institutions all around the...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
MBE 713 Marine Population Dynamics 3
EVR 660
& EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems -  Laboratory 1  3
EVR 625

Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management *

RSM 612 or EVR 624 Statistics for Marine Scientists or Statisics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy 3
RSM 700 Research Ethics 0
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
MBE 621 or EVR 622 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology or Principles and Practices of Marine Social Science Research 3
EVR 710 International Ocean Law and Governance * 3
MBE 746 Marine Population Biology: Processes & Modeling 3
EVR 677 Management and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

*  or Elective

1  Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2  Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may request elective courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.