Mar­itime, Ship­yard, Engi­neer­ing, Trans­porta­tion & Logis­tics Education

US Merchant Marine Academy

A United States Mer­chant Marine Acad­emy edu­ca­tion is one of the great adven­tures of a life­time. For half a cen­tury young indi­vid­u­als like you have come to Kings Point to acquire the knowl­edge, expe­ri­ence, dis­ci­pline, and skills that strong lead­er­ship demands.

Grad­u­ates of the Acad­emy serve their coun­try by pur­su­ing highly suc­cess­ful careers in the mar­itime indus­try and the armed ser­vices. Many con­tinue their stud­ies in grad­u­ate or pro­fes­sional schools. Many become out­stand­ing gov­ern­ment and busi­ness lead­ers. The direc­tion you take after you grad­u­ate will be up to you. How­ever, two things are cer­tain: You’ll have choices and you’ll be pre­pared to make the most of them.

The pur­pose of the U.S. Mer­chant Marine Acad­emy is to ensure that such peo­ple are avail­able to the nation as ship­board offi­cers and as lead­ers in the trans­porta­tion field who will meet the chal­lenges of the present and the future. The Acad­emy is a national insti­tu­tion, oper­ated by the Fed­eral Government’s Mar­itime Admin­is­tra­tion, an agency of the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The Academy’s four-​year pro­gram cen­ters on a reg­i­men­tal sys­tem that instills its stu­dents - called mid­ship­men (a term used for both men and women) - with the traits of lead­er­ship, dis­ci­pline and ded­i­ca­tion required for a career that typ­i­cally may include ser­vice at sea, mar­itime employ­ment ashore, and serv­ing as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer in a reserve com­po­nent of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Academic Programs

BS Degree (4 Years)

  • Marine Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram - A pro­gram com­bin­ing nau­ti­cal sci­ence and mar­itime busi­ness man­age­ment. The Marine Trans­porta­tion major builds on this busi­ness core which offers addi­tional courses for those stu­dents plan­ning a shore­side career in the mar­itime indus­try. Most of the courses in the major are mar­itime spe­cific. More­over, they are all designed to intro­duce stu­dents to parts of the indus­try where many Kings Point­ers have made careers in the past, and are likely to go into in the future.
  • Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram - The Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram gives the stu­dent a firm foun­da­tion in three crit­i­cal areas: nau­ti­cal sci­ence, mar­itime busi­ness, and marine engi­neer­ing. The stu­dent can increase edu­ca­tion in any of the three fields of study. A Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and Tech­nol­ogy major will have the same nau­ti­cal sci­ence back­ground as the Marine Trans­porta­tion major, and the same mar­itime busi­ness core courses. Post­grad­u­ate work, after sail­ing, can be pur­sued in any num­ber of fields. This is a ver­sa­tile pro­gram for the stu­dent with inter­est in sev­eral fields.
  • Logis­tics and Inter­modal Trans­porta­tion pro­gram - The prin­ci­pal objec­tive of the Logis­tics and Inter­modal Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram is to pre­pare future lead­ers of the nation’s com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary logis­tics and trans­porta­tion sys­tems. The pro­gram builds on the Academy’s tra­di­tional mar­itime core com­pe­ten­cies to pro­vide mid­ship­men with the knowl­edge and skills required to man­age com­plex inter­modal sup­ply chains and to address the chal­lenges fac­ing the global trans­porta­tion system.
  • Marine Engi­neer­ing Pro­gram - The Marine Engi­neer­ing pro­gram pre­pares mid­ship­men to serve as licensed offi­cers in the U.S. Mer­chant Marine and to pro­vide them with an engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion that pre­pares them for a wide vari­ety of pro­fes­sional posi­tions includ­ing the career fields of ship con­struc­tion, oper­a­tion, mar­ket­ing, main­te­nance, repair and survey.
  • Marine Engi­neer­ing Sys­tems Pro­gram - The Marine Engi­neer­ing Sys­tems pro­gram pre­pares mid­ship­men to serve as licensed offi­cers in the U.S. Mer­chant Marine; pro­vides an engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion that pre­pares them for a wide vari­ety of pro­fes­sional posi­tions in such career fields as ship sys­tems and marine equip­ment design, research, con­struc­tion, oper­a­tions, mar­ket­ing, main­te­nance, repair and sur­vey; and imparts to them an engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion that per­mits them to pur­sue grad­u­ate study and/​or to become licensed as a Pro­fes­sional Engi­neer, should they so choose. This pro­gram focuses on the design of marine power plants and their asso­ci­ated systems.
  • Marine Engi­neer­ing and Ship­yard Man­age­ment Pro­gram - The Marine Engi­neer­ing and Ship­yard Man­age­ment pro­gram pre­pares mid­ship­men as licensed offi­cers in the U.S. Mer­chant Marine; pro­vides an engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion that pre­pares them for a wide vari­ety of pro­fes­sional posi­tions in ship con­struc­tion and repair, ship sys­tems and marine equip­ment design, research, oper­a­tions, mar­ket­ing, main­te­nance and sur­vey; and imparts to them a solid engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion that per­mits them to pur­sue grad­u­ate study and/​or become licensed as a Pro­fes­sional Engi­neer, should they so choose. This cur­ricu­lum puts par­tic­u­lar focus on the man­age­ment of ship con­struc­tion and repair.
  • Dual License Pro­gram - The Dual License pro­gram is admin­is­tered jointly by the Depart­ments of Engi­neer­ing and Marine Trans­porta­tion. They receive pro­fes­sional prepa­ra­tion as both deck and engi­neer­ing offi­cers, lead­ing to licens­ing as both a third mate and third assis­tant engi­neer. The dual license grad­u­ate is qual­i­fied to fill licensed ship­board posi­tions requir­ing skills in both the deck and engi­neer­ing depart­ments. The demands of com­plet­ing the require­ments for two licenses in four aca­d­e­mic years does not allow for elec­tives. nly stu­dents with sub­stan­tial sig­nif­i­cant prior col­lege level course­work (par­tic­u­larly in math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence and engi­neer­ing) can com­plete the Dual License pro­gram. In addi­tion, stu­dents wish­ing to apply for admis­sion to the pro­gram should have a 3.0 aver­age at the end of the first term of plebe (fresh­man) year.

USMMA Features

The Acad­emy rep­re­sents Fed­eral involve­ment in mar­itime train­ing that is more than a cen­tury old. Since the admin­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Ulysses S. Grant, the U.S. Gov­ern­ment has ini­ti­ated var­i­ous pro­grams to train its cit­i­zens for ser­vice in the mer­chant marine. The United States Mer­chant Marine Acad­emy, ded­i­cated in 1943, rep­re­sents the real­iza­tion of these efforts. While the Academy’s cur­ricu­lum has changed dra­mat­i­cally since 1943 to reflect the tech­no­log­i­cal advances of America’s mer­chant marine, the insti­tu­tion has main­tained its unswerv­ing com­mit­ment to qual­ity edu­ca­tion and excel­lence among its midshipmen.

  • Cam­pus Loca­tion: The Acad­emy is located in Kings Point, New York. Its 82-​acre water­side cam­pus lies on Long Island’s north shore, about 20 miles east of New York City.
  • Accred­i­ta­tion: Mid­dle States Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools
  • Under­grad­u­ate Major Areas: Marine Trans­porta­tion - A pro­gram com­bin­ing nau­ti­cal sci­ence and mar­itime busi­ness man­age­ment, Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and Tech­nol­ogy - A marine trans­porta­tion pro­gram enhanced with marine engi­neer­ing stud­ies, Logis­tics and Inter­modal Trans­porta­tion - A pro­gram com­bin­ing nau­ti­cal sci­ence and logis­tics and inter­modal man­age­ment, Marine Engi­neer­ing - An engi­neer­ing pro­gram focused on ship­board engi­neer­ing oper­a­tions, Marine Engi­neer­ing Sys­tems - An engi­neer­ing pro­gram empha­siz­ing marine engi­neer­ing design. Accred­ited by the Engi­neer­ing Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion (EAC) of the Accred­i­ta­tion Board for Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (ABET), Marine Engi­neer­ing and Ship­yard Man­age­ment - A pro­gram based on a marine engi­neer­ing core and empha­siz­ing the man­age­ment of ship­yards and other large engi­neer­ing endeav­ors. ABET accredited.
  • Co-​ops/​Internships: All mid­ship­men, as an inte­gral part of their pro­fes­sional train­ing, par­tic­i­pate in a coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tional pro­gram dur­ing the two peri­ods of their sea year. Train­ing aboard ship is designed to give the mid­ship­man prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of the per­for­mance and oper­at­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of var­i­ous classes of ves­sels, the oper­at­ing require­ments in dif­fer­ent trade routes, and labor rela­tions in the ocean ship­ping industry.
  • The Ship­board Train­ing Pro­gram: The pro­gram pro­vides mid­ship­men with the oppor­tu­nity to use a ship as a seago­ing lab­o­ra­tory. Mid­ship­men are given a num­ber of courses called the “Sea Project” which, in addi­tion to their ship­board duties, they are required to com­plete and sub­mit for eval­u­a­tion and grad­ing. The ship­board train­ing pro­gram for Ship’s Offi­cer majors pro­vides a cross-​training oppor­tu­nity. Each mid­ship­man in this major com­pletes a min­i­mum of 90 days as an engine cadet and 180 days as a deck cadet, with the remain­ing time spent as either deck cadet or engine cadet.
  • Stu­dent Activ­i­ties: Reg­i­men­tal March­ing Band, Glee Club and Cho­rus, News­pa­per, Year­book, Debate Coun­cil, Sail­ing Squadron, numer­ous clubs, honor soci­eties, pro­fes­sional soci­ety chap­ters, lec­tures and con­certs, vol­un­tary reli­gious pro­gram, museum exhibits, twenty-​eight var­sity sports, intra­mu­rals, social events.

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