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Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, Ocean Studies & International Business Logistics Education & USCG License Programs in Maine


Located on the coast of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is a career-oriented, equal opportunity, coeducational, public and maritime college of engineering, transportation, science and management. The aim is to provide quality education programs which will allow students to assume leadership roles and provide skills and knowledge needed to succeed in todays competitive global environment.

Academic departments include, Maritime Engineering, Thompson School of Marine Transportation, Naval Science, Corning School of Ocean Studies, and Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics.

Maine Maritime's impeccable academic reputation evolves continuously to meet today's needs and tomorrow's concerns. Academic programs are designed and managed by a faculty from diverse academic backgrounds, from industrial positions in engineering, ship operations, marine science, maritime management, and small vessel design and operation. In addition to their teaching assignments, faculty members serve as academic advisors and participate in a variety of academic pursuits such as research and consulting.

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Maine Maritime Programs

BS Degrees (4 years)

The Academy offers the following baccalaureate degree academic majors at its Castine campus:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Business and Logistics
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Engineering Operations*
  • Marine Engineering Technology*
  • Marine Systems Engineering* (License Track - 5 years)
  • Marine Systems Engineering** (Non-License Track)
  • Marine Transportation Operations
  • Marine Science
  • Power Engineering Operations
  • Power Engineering Technology
  • Small Vessel Operations

AS Degrees (2 years)

The Academy offers the following associate degree academic majors at its Castine campus:

  • Small Craft Design***
  • Small Vessel Systems***
  • Small Vessel Operations

*These majors lead to a US Coast Guard unlimited license and require participation in the Regiment of Midshipmen. See the catalog section entitled Student Life for information on the Regiment.

**Marine Systems Engineering (Non-License Track) requires first-year students to participate in the Regiment of Midshipmen and the first-year cruise.

***Small Craft Design and Small Vessel Systems are offered as Associate Degree Programs by Maine Maritime Academy in association with The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport, Maine. Residence at Maine Maritime Academy is required for the first year at Castine and at The Landing School in Kennebunkport for the second year of the program.

MS Degree (1 year)

  • On Campus - Global Logistics and Maritime Management
  • Online - International Logistics Management

Maine Maritime Features

There is no substitute for the practical experience students gain in cooperative education programs. Whether at the helm or in the engine room of the Academy’s 500-foot training ship State of Maine, in laboratory or industrial settings, students experience the world of work as part of the MMA program. Each spring the training vessel sails on a two-month cruise to domestic and foreign ports, as first- and third-year students enrolled in unlimited U.S. Coast Guard license programs apply what they have learned on campus. Sophomores are assigned to merchant ships in the Cadet Shipping Program for a minimum of 60 days for engine students and 90 days for deck students. Students in other majors also benefit from summer co-op experiences in Maine and other states, and from science and technical internships aboard research vessels and on land. More features:

  • Campus Location: 35-acre MMA campus is located in Penobscot Bay, Castine. The city is 40 miles from Bangor, and close to Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Appalachian Trail and other prime locations.
  • Accreditation & Memberships: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, International Association of Maritime Universities.
  • Student and Faculty Exchanges: Admiral Makarov State University (Russia); California Maritime Academy (USA); Dalian Maritime University (China); Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey); Kobe University of Mercantile Marine (Japan); Mokpo National Maritime Academy (S. Korea); Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico); Shanghai Maritime University (China); The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design (USA); University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica) ; and, Vestfold University College (Norway) .
  • ROTC Programs: Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) trains qualified young men and women to become officers in these services upon graduation
  • Co-ops/Internships: Cooperative Courses are part of the training and a graduation requirement and for most majors. Some sponsors are large national and multinational companies. Co-op courses earn academic credits towards obtaining a degree and experience may create employment opportunities with sponsoring companies.
  • Cadet Shipping: During the summer after sophomore year, students (unlimited USCG license students) are assigned to merchant ships as cadets to deepen the understanding of shipboard procedures.
  • Training: extensive hands-on training is an important part of all majors. Sea experience; Oceanographic research vessel cruises; Auxillary sail and small vessel training; Simulator training on power generation, ship handling and navigation exercises; Experience in business / marketing / logistics through Enactus; Boat preparation; Leadership and management training through Regiment, campus organizations.
  • Student Residence: 300 rooms (double occupancy) with regimental and traditional housing, all modern amenities, round the clock security, campus book store, computer center, dining hall, game/recreation center, health services.

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