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Marine Transportation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Barnstable, MA, United States
The Marine Transportation major at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy prepares students for careers as licensed ship's deck officers.  It also enables them to easily transfer into management and operations positions within the transportation, intermodal and petroleum industries.
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Marine Transportation majors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy receive extensive theoretical education and practical training in navigation, seamanship, ship construction and design, and damage control. Students train on ship simulators as well as the Academy training's vessels. 

Four sea terms, including the opportunity to train aboard a commercial merchant ship, provide an excellent opportunity to learn the industry first-hand, establish contacts, and better prepare for graduation and licensing. 


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Graduates must pass an examination conducted by the United States Coast Guard in order to qualify as Third Mate, Steam and Motor Vessels of unlimited tonnage on the oceans. 
  • Their licensure also requires satisfactorily completing STCW 2010 (under the Manila amendments) requirements. The ultimate goal is to prepare the student to eventually reach the level of Master, Oceans Unlimited.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application on our website and submit the $50 application fee 
  • Request official high school transcripts 
  • Attach your essay (minimum 300 words discussing the most important reasons for selecting MMA as a possible college for you or on a subject of your choice). After you submit your application, this can be uploaded and attached as a PDF file.
  • Send two letters of recommendation - Recommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.). Please send as a PDF file.
  • Optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 Applicants: Send official standardized test scores (SAT, ACT)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42579 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42579 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42579 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42579 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    27459 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27459 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Barnstable

  • 1342 - 2780 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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