Maritime Academies

Learn About the Academies 


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The maritime academies are located in Marine, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, California, and Michigan and produce more than 70% of the new U.S. officers licensed to operate vessels of unlimited tonnage and any horsepower each year. The academies are devised into one federal maritime academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and six state maritime academies. You can find the academies listed below. Each graduate receives a 4-year degree upon completion.

Federal Maritime Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are committed to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned as officers in the Armed Forces. Midshipman who master this demanding curriculum earn a unique combination of credentials which included a highly-regarded Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Coast Guard license, and an officer's commission in the U.S. Armed Forces. All graduates have a service obligation upon graduation that provides the most career options offered by any of the federal academy.

United States Merchant Marine Academy 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024 (516) - 726 - 5800

State Maritime Academies

Founded in 1929, Cal Maritime is located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California. Serving nearly 1,000 students, Cal Maritime is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. The program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness.

California Maritime Academy 200 Maritime Academy Drive Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) - 654 - 1000

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy prepares college students to become merchant marine officers and business professionals in the global marketplace. Students set sail at various times throughout the academic year to reinforce the skills taught shoreside on training ship, State of Michigan and three smaller vessels. As cadets progress through the Academy, they learn the industry first hand by completing essential sea time abroad commercial ships of the Great Lakes and oceans.

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy 715 East Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686 (231 ) - 995 - 1200

Maine Maritime Academy is a public, co-educational college located in the coastal town of Castine, Maine. Our student population numbers approximately 950 students in courses of study in engineering, management, science, and transportation. Our rigorous courses and experiential programs equip students with the practical skills, knowledge, and training to launch successful careers upon completing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.

Maine Maritime Academy 1 Pleasant Street Castine, ME 04420 (207) - 326 - 4311

The mission of Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to provide a quality education for graduates serving in the merchant marine, the military services, and those who serve the interests of the Commonwealth, Nation and global marketplace. The Academy does so by combining a rigorous academic program with a regimented lifestyle that instills honor, responsibility, discipline, and leadership.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 (508) - 830 - 5000

SUNY Maritime College educates dynamic leaders for the global marine transportation industry, the business of shipping, engineering, energy, facilities management, finance, the armed forces and public service. The hallmark of SUNY Maritime education is learning by doing. This distinctive, hands-on approach attracts students who roll up their sleeves to prepare for personal and professional success through their studies, extracurriculars and job preparation.

State University of New York Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Throggs Neck, NY 10465 (718) - 409 - 7200

Founded in 1962, The Texas A&M Maritime Academy provides an opportunity for students to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. In addition to classroom and field training during the regular school year, students sail aboard a state training ship during three summer sea terms to gain practical experience in seamanship, navigation, and engineering operations.

Texas A&M Maritime Academy 200 Seawolf Parkway Galveston, TX 77554 (409) - 740 - 4706


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