Maine Maritime Academy

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Maine Maritime Academy
Maine Maritime Academy seal.jpg
EstablishedMarch 21, 1941
Endowment$18.1 million
PresidentWilliam J. Brennan
DeanDavid Gardner
Undergraduates937 students
Location, ,
Maine Maritime Academy wordmark.svg

Coordinates: 44°23.3′N 68°48.2′W / 44.3883°N 68.8033°W / 44.3883; -68.8033

Maine Maritime Academy is a public post-secondary college and nautical training institution with approximately 900 students, located in Castine in Hancock County, Maine, United States. 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.

In 2015, Maine Maritime Academy was named 31st best public university or college in the United States by Money Magazine.[1]

Maine Maritime Academy operates two nearby campuses in Castine, Maine.
Academy sign
Main Campus
Waterfront Campus


The academy offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees with a choice of 13 different majors:

Alfond School of Engineering

  • Marine Engineering Operations (MEO) (Regiment Required)
  • Marine Engineering Technology (MET) (Regiment Required)
  • Marine Systems Engineering (MSE) (Regiment Required)
    • 4-Non-License Track (Regiment Required 1st Yr)
    • 5-Year License Track (Regiment Required 4 Yrs)
  • Power Engineering Operations (PEO)
  • Power Engineering Technology (PET)

Thompson School of Marine Transportation

  • Marine Transportation Operations (MTO) (Regiment Required)
  • Vessel Operations and Technology (VOT)

Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics

  • International Business & Logistics (IBL)

Corning School of Ocean Studies

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Marine Biology + Small Vessel Operations (Dual Degree)
  • Marine Science + Small Vessel Operations (Dual Degree)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

The academy offers two-year associate degrees in:

  • Small Vessel Operations (SVO)
  • Small Craft Design
  • Small Craft Systems
Schooner Bowdoin

The academy also offers three graduate level programs through the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics:

  • Global Logistics & Maritime Management (on campus)
  • International Logistics & Management (online)
  • Maritime Management (Master's and Commander) - combining online coursework in Maritime Management and on campus study in Small Vessel Operations.

Maine Maritime Academy has aggressive co-op and internship programs.[2] 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.[3]


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), with the football team playing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. 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. The Mariners are members of the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association, and compete in Division I of the NEISA Conference.


Men's sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Rugby (club sport)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (club sport)
Women's sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby (club sport)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (club sport)


  1. ^ The 50 Best Public Colleges
  2. ^ "Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) - Merchant Marine, Engineering and Logistics Programs".
  3. ^ "Maine Maritime Academy".

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