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Maritime Academies

Studying merchant marine operations at the university level is a core component of MARAD's education strategy; particularly its essential responsibility to meet national security needs and maintain maritime defense readiness. The six maritime academies and USMMA meet that need by educating young men and women for service as officers in the United States Merchant Marine, U.S. Armed Forces, and Nation’s intermodal transportation system.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)

To ensure a consistent supply of capable and well-trained merchant mariners, MARAD funds and operates the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, New York. This is MARAD's flagship merchant marine academy, built from the ground up to train and educate merchant marine officers. Its congressional endorsement requirement and highly-demanding cirriculum are similar to the other service academies designed to develop leaders for its relative role in national defense. The USMMA curriculum is especially challenging as it condenses a 4-year degree into only 3 years of study -- symbolizing that the maritime industry needs newly-trained mariners as soon as possible.

The State Maritime Academies

In addition to funding and administering the USMMA, MARAD also provides limited funding and training vessels to six State Maritime Academies: California State University Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Texas A&M Maritime Academy, and the State University of New York Maritime College. These 4-year undergraduate programs operate as colleges within state universities and do not require a congressional endorsement, but still include all the instruction, theory, and at-sea training required to become a commissioned officer and Merchant Marine (a U.S. Coast Guard license).

Contact an Academy

Below is basic contact information for each maritime academy. For additional information about the USMMA, contact MARAD's Office of Maritime Labor & Training. For additional information about a State Maritime Academy, contact that academy directly.

Academy Address Phone Number URL
United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY 11024-1699 (866) 546-4778; (516) 773-5390 (fax)
California State University Maritime Academy 200 Maritime Academy Drive Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 654-1000; (707) 654-1013 (fax)
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Northwestern Michigan College 1701 East Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686-3061 (231) 995-1200 or 1-800-0566 X 5 X 1203; (231) 995-1318 (fax)
Maine Maritime Academy Pleasant Street Castine, ME 04220 800-464-6565; 326-4311 (switchboard); (207) 326-2110 (fax)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MNA 02532 (508) 830-5000; (508) 830-5004
SUNY Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Fort Schuyler, NY 10465-4198 (718) 409-7200; (718) 409-7261 (fax)
Texas A&M Maritime Academy 200 Seawolf Parkway P.O. Box 1675 Galveston, TX 77553-1675 (409) 740-4411
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019