Fisheries Science

Graduate Certificate

Asynchronous Online | Intensive 7-Week Field-Based | 7-Week Sessions

Gain core competencies and enhance your skill set in sustainable fisheries science and management.

The Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Science (FIS) is an online program that helps students develop core competencies in sustainable fisheries management, including stock assessment and fisheries ecology.

Through this program, students will gain a foundation in statistical procedures and effective decision-making to address complex issues related to fisheries and fish habitats. Students will solve real-world fisheries problems and learn how to create effective, practical solutions.

Students can earn their certificate in four sessions, maximizing flexibility and convenience for career enhancement, leadership positions in the industry, and professional growth.

Courses include:

AFS515: Fishery Ecology
AFS531: Fisheries Stock Assessment
AFS560: Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Science & Management
AFS597: Internship in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall I AFS 515 (3 cr)
Fall II AFS 531 (3 cr)
Spring I AFS/OCG 560 (3 cr)
Spring II Capstone – AFS 597 (3 cr)
Course schedule will vary depending upon when a student enters the program

Fall 2024 Dates

7/30Application Deadline
9/3Classes Begin
$887Tuition per credit *Based on 2024 rates and subject to change
Admission Criteria
  • College transcripts certifying successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in a biological, environmental, or other scientific field
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
    • Interest in fisheries science
    • Reasons for applying to the online program at URI

No GRE Required

Career Opportunities

With projected job growth in agriculture and food science, URI’s online graduate certificate in Fisheries Science (FIS) will provide students with advanced training for career enhancement. Graduates can seek employment or propel their careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or industry. Some examples of roles that can be attained upon graduating from our program are:

  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Specialist
  • Fish Management Technician
  • Fish Ecology Technician
  • Stock Assessment Technician
  • Fisheries Policy Planner
  • Conservation Practitioner
  • Fisheries Conservation Coordinator
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Hatchery Manager
  • State or Regional Wildlife Manager
  • Marine Protected Area Manager
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Photo: An artisanal fisherman in the Seychelles pulls in his catch from the Indian Ocean. Credit: Austin Humphries, Ph.D.

“This unique Graduate certificate provides students with access to a distinctive professional development opportunity, one that can stand alone to fill a professional’s needs or can be combined with an on campus and online programs to further their personal and professional interests. With URI’s strong national and international reputation in fisheries management, students will gain a unique and important focus on our extremely valuable fisheries management and resources opportunities.”

John Kirby
Dean, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences

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