Marine Trans­porta­tion, Logis­tics & Engi­neer­ing Edu­ca­tion at Cal Mar­itime - A Cam­pus of Cal­i­for­nia State University

CAL MaritimeLocated in Vallejo, Cal­i­for­nia, The Cal­i­for­nia Mar­itime Acad­emy (Cal Mar­itime) is a unique and spe­cial­ized cam­pus of the 23-​campus Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity (CSU) sys­tem. Cal Mar­itime is one of only seven degree-​granting mar­itime acad­e­mies in the United States - and the only one on the West Coast. In 2008 the U.S. News and World Report ranked Cal Mar­itime as the 6th best Bac­calau­re­ate Col­lege on the West Coast.

The Cal­i­for­nia Mar­itime Academy’s water­side cam­pus on the north­ern end of San Fran­cisco Bay is tucked into a quiet cove with ever-​changing views of the ever-​changing mar­itime world. This world is much more than oper­at­ing com­mer­cial ships; it is a global eco­nomic force link­ing with var­i­ous modes of trans­porta­tion to get com­modi­ties and peo­ple from point A to point B. Oper­at­ing this global enter­prise requires engi­neers, busi­ness lead­ers, port man­agers, deck offi­cers, envi­ron­men­tal advo­cates, mar­itime secu­rity con­sul­tants, etc. Cal Mar­itime pro­duces pro­fes­sion­als in these and other areas related to the ocean as a resource and an engine for a global economy.

With an active career cen­ter, find­ing a great job, intern­ship or get­ting the Co-​op of your dreams is all within reach. The cen­ter strives to do every­thing pos­si­ble to help you meet your needs.

Academic Programs

Each of the six bach­e­lors degrees (majors) focuses on a dif­fer­ent aspect of the little-​known but dynamic mar­itime indus­try and related careers on land or at sea.

Under­grad­u­ate Pro­grams (4 years)

  • BS Degree in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion empha­sis on Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and Logis­tics: Prepa­ra­tion for careers in inter­na­tional mar­itime busi­ness and global logis­tics. The­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tion of knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal level of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing. One multi-​week, study-​abroad expe­ri­ence and one co-​op.
  • BS Degree in Facil­i­ties Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy: Prepa­ra­tion for careers design­ing, oper­at­ing and main­tain­ing land-​based phys­i­cal plants, power gen­er­a­tion, and engi­neer­ing systems.Practical expe­ri­ence, includ­ing sim­u­la­tors, cou­pled with the­o­ret­i­cal back­ground. One train­ing cruise and two co-​ops
  • BS Degree in Marine Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy: U.S. Coast Guard license – Third Assis­tant Engi­neer. Prepa­ra­tion for oper­at­ing and main­tain­ing engi­neer­ing sys­tems on a ship as a licensed engi­neer­ing offi­cer. Prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence, includ­ing sim­u­la­tors, cou­pled with math and sci­ence course­work. Three train­ing cruises. May par­tic­i­pate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard pro­grams lead­ing to a reserve officer’s commission
  • BS Degree in Marine Trans­porta­tion: U.S. Coast Guard license – Third Mate. Prepa­ra­tion for work on a ship as a licensed deck offi­cer. Includes aca­d­e­mic breadth, sim­u­la­tor expe­ri­ence, and tech­ni­cal exper­tise. Three train­ing cruises. May par­tic­i­pate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard pro­grams lead­ing to a reserve officer’s commission.
  • BS Degree in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing: Prepa­ra­tion for research, design, devel­op­ment, and eval­u­a­tion of engi­neer­ing sys­tems. Math and sci­ence inten­sive and hands-​on expe­ri­ences. Com­bi­na­tion of train­ing cruises and co-​ops. May par­tic­i­pate in U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard pro­grams lead­ing to a reserve officer’s commission.
  • BA Degree in Global Stud­ies and Mar­itime Affairs: Prepa­ra­tion for careers in mar­itime secu­rity (port secu­rity, ves­sel piracy, and mar­itime ter­ror­ism), mar­itime trade and eco­nom­ics, mar­itime envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy, and mar­itime law. Inter­na­tion­ally focussed course­work, intern­ships, and study abroad oppor­tu­ni­ties. One two-​month train­ing cruise on the Train­ing Ship Golden Bear ( or one multi-​week, study-​abroad expe­ri­ence) and one co-​op.

Grad­u­ate Program

  • Mas­ter of Sci­ence (MS) in Trans­porta­tion and Engi­neer­ing Management
  • An advanced course of study in busi­ness and man­age­ment fun­da­men­tals com­bined with spe­cial­ized prepa­ra­tion for career advance­ment in Engi­neer­ing, Trans­porta­tion, or Humanitarian/​Crisis Management.
  • Devel­oped and deliv­ered in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with busi­ness and indus­try the cur­ricu­lum pro­vides a mix of cutting-​edge the­ory and cre­ative real-​world appli­ca­tions to pre­pare stu­dents to suc­ceed in a chal­leng­ing and chang­ing global mar­ket. Stu­dents will tackle case stud­ies and sim­u­la­tions through­out the pro­gram. The cur­ricu­lum cul­mi­nates in a Cap­stone project, where stu­dents syn­the­size their learn­ing by address­ing a press­ing real-​world orga­ni­za­tional issue.
  • You can com­plete your grad­u­ate degree in as lit­tle as 20 months.
  • Every stu­dent has the oppor­tu­nity to choose one of three spe­cial­iza­tions within the pro­gram. Your stud­ies will be cus­tomized to your inter­ests and career goals.
  • Online: The pro­gram includ­ing lec­tures, spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions, dis­cus­sion groups, assign­ments, group work and read­ing mate­ri­als are com­pletely on line. You can attend class any­time 24/​7 from any­where in the world help­ing you to fit learn­ing into your busy life and stay on track.
  • Tar­get Audi­ence: Mid-​career pro­fes­sion­als in mar­itime and related fields who wish to fur­ther their edu­ca­tion and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on those wish­ing to make a tran­si­tion from sea to shore. Highly moti­vated stu­dents com­ing directly from under­grad­u­ate stud­ies will be con­sid­ered as well.


Stu­dents choose Cal Mar­itime for its small class sizes and the many oppor­tu­ni­ties they have for hands-​on learn­ing in class­rooms, lab­o­ra­to­ries, work­place co-​ops and aboard our Train­ing Ship Golden Bear. There’s also tuto­r­ial and reme­dial assis­tance avail­able when wrestling with the chal­lenges of learn­ing new skills. The Tutor­ing Lab offers aca­d­e­mic sup­port through FREE tutor­ing ser­vices for CMA stu­dents. CMA encour­age the devel­op­ment of each student’s poten­tial as an inde­pen­dent learner. Tutor­ing is avail­able in: Math and Cal­cu­lus, English/​Writing, Sci­ence, Com­put­ers, Engi­neer­ing, Marine Trans­porta­tion and Nav­i­ga­tion, Global Stud­ies and other areas of study

  • Cam­pus Loca­tion: CMA is located at Vallejo in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area on the north­east­ern shore of San Pablo Bay. Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County, Cal­i­for­nia. Vallejo is home to the Six Flags Dis­cov­ery King­dom theme park (for­merly Marine World and Marine World Africa USA)
  • Accred­i­ta­tion & Mem­ber­ships: West­ern Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges (WASC), The Marine Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy and Facil­i­ties Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­grams are accred­ited by the Tech­nol­ogy Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion of ABET, The Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing pro­gram is accred­ited by the Engi­neer­ing Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion of ABET, The Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion pro­gram is accred­ited by the Inter­na­tional Assem­bly for Col­le­giate Busi­ness Edu­ca­tion (IACBE)
  • Under­grad­u­ate Major areas: Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and Logis­tics, Facil­i­ties Engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy, Mar­itime Affairs, Marine Engi­neer­ing, Marine Trans­porta­tion, and Mechan­i­cal Engineering,
  • Grad­u­ate Major areas: Trans­porta­tion and Engi­neer­ing Management
  • ROTC Pro­grams: There is no armed ser­vice oblig­a­tion attached to grad­u­a­tion from the Cal­i­for­nia Mar­itime Acad­emy. How­ever, finan­cial aid and addi­tional career oppor­tu­ni­ties exist for those stu­dents who choose to par­tic­i­pate in one of the fol­low­ing mil­i­tary pro­grams. Coast Guard - Cal­i­for­nia Mar­itime Acad­emy Pre-​Commissioning Pilot Pro­gram, Coast Guard - Mar­itime Acad­emy Grad­u­ate Pro­gram, Navy /​Merchant Marine Reserve Pro­gram, and Navy ROTC
  • Co-​ops/​Internships: Required intern­ships in shore-​side com­pa­nies, with gov­ern­ment agen­cies or aboard com­mer­cial ships com­plete the crit­i­cal con­nec­tion between class­room instruc­tion and real-​world prac­tices as well as con­nect­ing future grad­u­ates with pos­si­ble employers.
  • Train­ing: Dur­ing the sum­mer, the Train­ing Ship GOLDEN BEAR exposes stu­dents both to the respon­si­bil­ity of run­ning a 500’ ves­sel and to the exotic cul­tures of inter­na­tional ports of call, before return­ing dur­ing the main school year.
  • Res­i­dence: Cal Mar­itime is a res­i­den­tial cam­pus. All stu­dents are required to live on cam­pus and par­tic­i­pate in a meal plan for all four years of their edu­ca­tion at the uni­ver­sity. Cal Mar­itime has four facil­i­ties that you may reside in. Although all incom­ing stu­dents will live in Upper Res­i­dence Hall or on TSGB (Train­ing Ship GOLDEN BEAR). All incom­ing stu­dents are placed in spaces on a first come, first serve basis, while keep­ing spe­cific needs in mind. All Stu­dents involved in the Fresh­man License Track Liv­ing Learn­ing Pro­gram will live on the TSGB for a semester. your social media marketing partner