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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