Maine Maritime Academy
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|Established||March 21, 1941|
|President||William J. Brennan|
|Location||Castine, Maine, USA|
Maine Maritime Academy is a public post-secondary college and nautical training institution with approximately 900 students, located in Castine in Hancock County, Maine, USA. The Academy was established by the 90th Maine Legislature on March 21, 1941. Maine Maritime Academy is a public college. Costs of admission are comparable to the nearby University of Maine. Unlike federal service academies, a congressional recommendation is not required to attend this state school. Students are not obligated to go to sea or into the military after graduation, and a large portion of the graduating class chooses shore-side employment, often in maritime related fields or the power generation industry.
Maine Maritime Academy is one of six maritime training colleges in the United States, and one of only two of these maritime academies which fields a Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit. The college is affiliated under the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Maine Maritime Academy is the only business, residence, or organization to receive mail at the US ZIP code 04420.
The academy offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees with a choice of 11 different majors:
- Marine Engineering Operations (MEO) (Regiment Required)
- Marine Engineering Technology (MET) (Regiment Required)
- Marine Systems Engineering (MSE) (Regiment Required)
- 4-Year Design Track (Regiment Required 1st Yr)
- 5-Year License Track (Regiment Required)
- Marine Transportation Operations (MTO) (Regiment Required)
- Power Engineering Technology (PET)
- Power Engineering Operations (PEO)
- Small Vessel Operations (SVO)
- International Business & Logistics (IBL)
- Marine Biology
- Marine Science
- Interdisciplinary Studies
The academy offers two-year associate degrees in:
- Small Vessel Operations (SVO)
- Small Craft Design
The academy also offers three graduate level programs in Global Supply Chain Management, International Business and Maritime Management leading to a Master of Science through its Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics.
Maine Maritime Academy has aggressive co-op and internship programs. Students from all engineering majors and the Marine Transportation Operations major are required to complete at least one co-op. Some majors are required to complete two co-ops. Students in Regiment of Midshipmen have the opportunity and/or requirement to participate in two cruises with the Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM). Students in the Small Vessel Operations major have the opportunity to sail with the schooner Bowdoin on its yearly training cruise.
Maine Maritime Academy has recently been ranked as one of the nation's top baccalaureate colleges in the 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. For the second consecutive year Maine Maritime was placed as 10th overall in the listing of public and private colleges located in the northern region, a region defined by the publication as spanning the eastern coast of United States from Maryland to Maine.
In an open letter to the MMA community President Brennan addressed compensation complaints by the faculty.
"Maine Maritime Academy employees are paid at a highly competitive rate relative to our sector of the economy and especially in the State of Maine and within Hancock County. For example, a review of the most recent IPEDS data indicates that MMA faculty are paid at a rate higher than the combined average of all other state maritime academies reporting and receive compensation greater than faculty at five of the seven campuses of the UMaine System. In fact, some MMA professors were paid in excess of $140,000 last year, which is higher compensation than any of our Vice Presidents receive."
Maine Maritime teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Mariners are a member of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, sailing, volleyball and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, sailing, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball.
- Men's sports
- Cross Country
- Women's sports
- Cross Country
- Maine Maritime Academy — Official External Website
- Loeb-Sullivan School of Business — Official Website
- TS State of Maine — Official Website
- Bowdoin — Official Website
- Pentagoet — Official Website
- MMA Engineering — Official Website
- MMA Marine Transportation — Official Website
- Corning School of Ocean Studies — Official Website
- Maine Maritime Academy Regiment of Midshipmen — Official Website
- Maine Maritime Academy Athletic Department — Official Website
- Ray Henry (2009-04-18). "Maritime academies try to learn from recent attack". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20.