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Maritime Transportation, Business & Engineering Education & USCG / OSHA Training at Mass Maritime

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Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA or Mass Maritime) is the ideal college to pursue your love for the ocean, your concern for the environment, your interest in Math and Sciences, and your thirst for adventure. As part of your training you will travel to foreign ports aboard the training ship Kennedy.

For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best. Mass maritime is one of the six maerchant marine colleges in the country and one of the two New England and North East of United States.

MMA graduates have been at the very top of seagoing, engineering, and environmental professions. Additionally, many of the graduates have translated their educational experiences and personal traits developed at MMA into rewarding careers ashore. Whether in engineering, business. government, environmental protection, marine science, military, law, medicine, management, education or many other professions, the lessons you learn at the Academy will prepare you for success.

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Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs (BS Degree)

  • Energy Systems Engineering: This program prepares graduates for careers in the fast growing conventional and alternative energy industries, including engineering and management positions in project planning, design and procurement, major equipment design, installation and testing, power generation and distribution, and control systems management. The program requires all incoming students to be calculus ready.
  • Emergency Management: This program provides graduates with the education and skills necessary for successful careers in public service and private industry. Career opportunities generated through this science-based curriculum include public sector positions in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and private sector positions in business continuity and risk management.
  • Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (MSEP): The environmental, safety and emergency issues and events often overlap, the two programs share a common curriculum for the first two years. As juniors, students choose to major in one program, with the option of taking a minor in the other program. A few students undertake a dual major.
  • Facilities Engineering (FE): This program prepares graduates for careers in facilities engineering, management, and operations in positions providing for the safe, economical, and sustainable operation of the various equipment and systems found in large complex facilities, such as manufacturing plants, office buildings, hospitals, and power plants.
  • International Maritime Business (IMB): This major prepares graduates to enter the maritime shipping and transportation industry as a business professional. The program includes elements of international business, logistics, and transportation.
  • Marine Engineering (ME): This program prepares graduates for careers as licensed engineering officers in the United States Merchant Marine and for engineering positions in associated shoreside industries.
  • Marine Transportation: This major prepares students for careers as licensed ship's deck officers, as well as allowing them to easily transfer into management and operations positions within the transportation, intermodal and petroleum industries.

Graduate Programs

  • MS Emergency Management (MSEM): The Master of Science in Emergency Management program provides graduates with the knowledge and tools to be successful emergency managers in both the public and private sectors of industry. The program's graduates will gain the problem-solving capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and emergencies. The program provides a multi-disciplinary approach requiring a core set of courses needed to address issues common to virtually all hazards, plus courses addressing special topics including public health and transportation security.
  • MS Facilities Management (MSFM): The Master of Science Degree in Facilities Management (MSFM) was developed to prepare students for Facilities Management, Facilities Engineering, Plant Operation and Manufacturing positions in the facilities industry. The program was created to assist the person who seeks to refine his/her management skills as they relate to the Facilities Industry. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a variety of senior facilities management and leadership positions. 
  • Both programs are offered on alternate weekends in executive format.

Professional & Continuing Education

USCG Approved Courses

  • Advanced Ship Handling in Manned Models: This Course is primarily for experienced shiphandlers such as pilots and OICNW. Participants will hone their shiphandling skills including: anchoring, docking, undocking, slow speed maneuvering, experiment with movement of the pivot point, advance and transfer, passing in narrow channels, shallow water effect, wind effect, thruster work and much more.
  • 100 Ton License Program (2 weeks)
  • Assistance Towing Endorsement
  • Fast Rescue Boat
  • ECDIS- Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5 days)
  • Medical Care Provider (3 days)
  • Medical Care Person in Charge (MPIC) (5 days)
  • STCW Basic Training (5 days)
  • STCW Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment-MEECE (5 days)
  • STCW Leadership and Management (5 days)
  • STCW Engineroom Resource Management (5 days)
  • Advanced Firefighting (5 days)
  • Vessel/ Company/ Facility Security Officer (3 days)

Radar Observer Recertification (1 day)

OSHA Training

  • OSHA Maritime Outreach Course for Shipyard Employment (10 hours)
  • OSHA Hazwoper (40 hours)
  • Hazwoper Renewal (8 hours)
  • 3095 Electrical Standards
  • Construction Outreach Course (10 hours)
  • Construction Outreach Course (30 hours)
  • Maritime Outreach Course for Marine Terminals Employees (10 hours)
  • Maritime Standards for Marine Terminals (30 hours)
  • General Industry Outreach Course (10 hours)
  • General Industry Outreach Course (30 hours)

Other Training

  • OPA 90 Qualified Individual (QI) Program (5 days)
  • OPA 90 Qualified Individual (QI) Program Refresher (2 days)
  • Introduction to Welding I (2 days)
  • Introduction to Welding II (2 days)
  • Structural All-Position Plate Certification Lab
  • CFC Universal grade certification
  • Explosives and Incendiary Devices/ IRTB (1 day)
  • Stationary License (30hours)
  • Shellfish Constable (80 hours)

Mass Maritime Features

The Academy will challenge you. While more is expected of you in your academics, physical condition and personal behavior, the benefits are great. You graduate with more opportunities than at an ordinary college because of the structure, leadership training and discipline at the Academy. You will earn a Bachelor of Science degree, and can earn a Merchant Marine Officer's License, and a Naval Officer's Commission (optional). Regardless of which direction you choose, you will graduate a changed person. You will become more knowledgeable, more experienced and more confident in yourself and your future. The excellent job placement rate proves that Massachusetts Maritime Academy students have learned the most important lesson any college can teach - how to succeed.

  • Campus Location: The Academy is located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts.
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The engineering programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Center for Maritime Training: Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Center for Maritime and Professional Training offers several USCG approved and industry recognized training courses for maritime and engineering professionals in both private and government sectors.
  • Co-ops/Internships: The Academy believes in learning through application and requires students to spend a portion of their academic program at sea or in internships or cooperatives.
  • The Shipboard Training Program: As part of your training you will travel to exotic foreign ports aboard the new training ship Kennedy - a 15,500 horsepower, 540 foot steamship - which you and your fellow cadets will actually control under the close supervision of seasoned professionals.
  • Marine Facilities: The Academy has extensive marine facilities that support academics and athletics on the main campus and the Keith Hartford Sailing and Shiphandling Facility at Great Herring Pond. Commonly called small boats, the fleet includes the 68-foot long Training Vessel RANGER, two 26-foot long tugboats, a 40-foot training barge, four manned-model Shiphandling trainers, and many sail and motor-powered small craft to support training. Athletics are supported via a robust fleet of sailboats including J-22s, Vanguard 420s and Tech Dinghies, as well as crew shells and offshore sailing yachts
  • Dormitory Complex: These buildings contain sleeping quarters for 880 cadets, a chapel, a student center (called the Fantail), the Academy store, a snack bar, a game room, the student health center, a reception center, the placement office, the technology services office, the counseling office, and cadet organization offices. Cadets are normally assigned one roommate. Rooms have separate voice and data connections for each occupant. Many have panoramic views of Buzzards Bay.

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