Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Admission to Graduate and Certificate Programs

Admission Requirements

Degree and Certificate Matriculated Programs

The USMMA Master of Science in Marine Engineering (MMarE) program is intended to expand the knowledge base of experienced, practicing engineering professionals. Accordingly, all viable candidates must have engineering work experience in addition to an undergraduate education in engineering or a closely related discipline, such as physics or chemistry. In addition, admission to the MMarE program is currently limited to citizens of the United States of America.

Admission to the program requires two or more years of engineering experience and successful completion of an accredited engineering program (Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, etc.). Up to one year of experience may be granted for cadet shipping or internship accomplished as part of an undergraduate degree program. Candidate admission will be based on undergraduate academic performance, undergraduate program focus and professional experience since earning the undergraduate degree. Consideration will be given to those applicants who hold a valid Professional Engineers license or USCG Merchant Mariners Credential as an Assistant Engineers, or higher, in the assessment of an applicant’s academic preparedness. (Proof of licensure should be provided with the application).   Selection for admission to the program will be made by the MMarE Admissions Committee after careful review of the candidate credentials and experience. Admission to an individual MMarE course as a non-matriculated student will be made by the Graduate Program Director.

Admission from other related programs, such as non engineering maritime programs, may be considered pending the candidate’s completion of essential mathematics, science and engineering prerequisite coursers.


For acceptance, students are expected to have successfully completed undergraduate mathematics courses addressing calculus through multi-variable calculus and ordinary and partial differential equations.  Candidates with deficient undergraduate mathematics coverage will be required to complete the appropriate mathematics courses prior to enrolling in the MMarE program.  Completion of necessary prerequisite courses should be completed at local institutions of higher education after course approval by the MMarE Program Director.  Candidates, who have been away from either the use of, or the study of, calculus and/or differential equations for an extended period of time are encouraged to avail themselves of a refresher course at a local college or university.

The MMarE Admissions Committee will determine admission to the MMarE program on a rolling basis commencing January until the entering class is full.

Forms and Application Materials

For consideration, an MMarE program applicant must submit the following:

  • MMarE Program Application Form
  • Undergraduate engineering transcript
  • Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must submit verification of their TOEFL score or the IELTS results.
  • Two (2) completed personal recommendation forms including one from an undergraduate engineering professor and one from a supervisor or employer
  • Application fee check ($125.00) made out to “DOT/MARAD”.  Please include “MMarE Program” in the memo area.

Individuals requesting admission as non-matriculating students interested in enrolling in one or more course must submit the following:

  • Letter stating why the individual desires to enroll in the particular course
  • Copy of the applicant undergraduate engineering transcript
  • One (1) completed recommendation from or supervisor or employer

Applicants will be informed of admission decisions on a rolling basis but no later than July 1, of the admission year.

Admission decision to individual MMarE courses as a non-matriculated student will be made by the MMarE Program Director or his designee.