Fishing boat docked at covered pier building in Boston Harbor is on the landing page for UMass Boston's aquaculture program. (photo credit Emily Moothart)

Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Certificate (online)

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About the Program

UMass Boston’s Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Certificate focuses on preparing you to successfully address key issues and challenges facing the aquaculture industry to ensure sustained growth. It’s designed for professionals already working in the field, students who are looking to gain additional industry expertise, and individuals trying to break into the aquaculture industry who want to hone their skills and add a certification to their résumé. Learn the business of aquaculture — the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae, and other organisms in all aquatic environments — and explore ways to make this growing and rapidly expanding industry more sustainable. With an Aquaculture Certificate, you can work in both the private and commercial sectors as an oyster farmer, seaweed cultivator, or processor, or you could work on a fish farm as a technician, general worker, scientist, engineer, or manager. You could also work for a regulatory agency working towards maintaining healthy sustainable practices. If you’re trying to break into the growing and rapidly expanding aquaculture industry, you’re already working in the field, or you are a student looking to add additional expertise to your résumé, sign up to take a course or to declare the certificate program. We offer courses and certificates for academic credit and for continuing education credits. Taking an aquaculture class could also help you secure an internship working outdoors and on the oceans. All courses in UMass Boston’s Sustainable Marine Aquaculture program are open to the UMass Boston community, as well as students from other universities and the public. Our goal is to provide a flexible and accessible introduction to this emerging field and so offer a variety of options to suit your individual needs.


Non credit Fall 2022 Aquaculture classes USEA-NC 114 and USEA-NC 124


Sustainable Aquaculture Courses

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Credit-Bearing Certificate

The for-credit online Sustainable Marine Aquaculture undergraduate certificate is primarily for current UMass Boston students, students enrolled at other U.S. colleges and universities, and international students who want a U.S. education. Students take 4 courses (12 credits) that provide opportunities to explore many aspects of the field.

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Non-Credit Bearing Certificate

The non-credit certificate in Sustainable Marine Aquaculture enables individuals to quickly gain basic knowledge for entry into the workforce. It also provides professional development options for individuals looking to change positions, retrain for a new career, and, especially for international workforce development, to obtain U.S. institution credentials in a rapidly growing sector of the global economy.

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Experience the Program

UMass Boston’s Sustainable Marine Aquaculture curriculum with "SFE Aquaculture" Zoom recordings. If you would like access to view any of these recordings, please email

Rowan Jacobson Lecture, 4.2.20
Lecture on Scalability, 4.23.20
Brian Peterson Lecture, 7.23.20
Alyson Myers, Fierce Fund Seaweed and Carbon Mitigation Sargassum, 7.30.20
John Brawley Lecture, 10.1.20
Spring Tide Seaweed Lecture, 10.15.20

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Jennifer Bender

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program, or would like more information, please contact:

Jennifer Bender, Aquaculture Program Coordinator

Current students and non-students may also register for the non-credit bearing certificate by contacting Jennifer Bender via email or phone.

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Curriculum & Enrollment Information

Credit Bearing Certificate - Curriculum
Credit Bearing Certificate - Enrollment Information
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Non-Credit Bearing Certificate - Curriculum
Non-Credit Bearing Certificate - Enrollment Information
Non-Credit Bearing Certificate - Register for a Course
Non-Credit Bearing Certificate - Cost