The Best Maritime Colleges in the United States

Careers related to the maritime world are rapidly becoming famous because of the rise in awareness among people. Whether it is marine engineering, ocean engineering, or any other specialization related to the marine world, getting a degree from a reputed university/college as well as enrolling in good online college classes gives a solid head-start to one’s career. Several colleges have come up in U.S in the past few years which provide a variety of courses related to the maritime world.

The article enlists some of the best maritime colleges in the U.S wherein you can pursue your dream of a successful maritime career. Different colleges provide different types of marine courses and one should select the course that best fits his or her interest and future needs. Take a look at the top maritime colleges of the US and select the right course for you.

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The Best Maritime Colleges in the U.S.

Florida Institute of technology

The Florida Institute of technology provides several courses related to the marine and environmental systems. Some of the main courses include – coastal zone management, environmental sciences, ocean engineering, and marine science. Some of the special courses of the institute include an integration of all the above mentioned courses. Most of the programs offer Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctoral degrees.

Know more about the Florida Institute of technology here.

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy is a small maritime institute but provides a big world of opportunities. Being a member of the International Association of Maritime Universities, its students participate in the student exchange program every year with colleges of countries such as Japan, China, Australia, Turkey etc. Raking top in the list of best placement maritime schools, Maine Maritime Academy provides courses such as marine engineering technology, marine engineering operation, marine transportation operation etc.

Know more about the Maine Maritime Academy here.

Maritime College – State University of New York (SUNY)

The Maritime College – State university of New York has been rated as one of the top maritime colleges in the US. In the past few years it has received great recognition and ratings. The salient feature of the college is that it has its own 565 foot Training Ship Empire State VI on which students get an opportunity to travel different parts of the world and also procure hands on experience. Moreover, the college also boasts of the best names in the maritime industry coming to them for recruitment. This is one college that shouldn’t be missed to be considered if you want a maritime career.

You can know more about SUNY Maritime here.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is one of the oldest maritime colleges in the U.S. The academy is located at the best strategic place for a maritime college and provides degrees such as marine engineering, marine safety and environmental protection, marine transportation etc. Some of the oldest and best maritime professionals serving the maritime industry are from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

You can know more about the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in here.

United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy is one of the finest academies in the U.S for getting a naval architecture or ocean engineering degree. The academy has the finest technology and hi-tech support system to produce the best naval officers and engineers. The academy also has its own research facility which is also equipped with some of the best technologies in the marine world.

The University of New Orleans – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department

The Department of naval architecture and marine engineering of the University of New Orleans provides Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and even Ph.D. in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. The institute has the best laboratories for research and education.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S Merchant Marine Academy is also almost a century old. Located near the famous city of New York, the U.S Merchant Marine Academy provides degrees in the field of marine engineering, marine transport, marine engineering systems, marine operation and technology, shipyard management etc. This is one academy which offers a large variety of courses in the field of merchant marine.

Texas A&M – University of Galveston

Texas A&M is one of the finest colleges in the U.S for learning marine engineering and marine engineering technology. The institute provides an interdisciplinary education in marine propulsion and maritime related engineering. The courses offered provide a perfect blend of marine and mechanical engineering to offer the best knowledge and training to its students.

Know more about the institute here.

United States Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy provides naval architecture and marine engineering courses. The course is so structured that it provides a strong educational base to both to the coast guard students and to those pursuing marine engineering and naval architecture.

You can know more about the academy here.

Webb Institute of Engineering

The Webb Institute of Engineering provides the ultimate professional course for marine engineering and marine technology. The institute has a very well crafted syllabus for the four years engineering course which enables its students to absorb the engineering concepts gradually and efficiently. This is one of the institutes, which is not to be missed in case you are planning to do marine engineering.

Know more about Webb here.

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  1. maniratnam says

    Hi sir i’m a mechanical engg fresher i m interested to do masters in marine engineering so please guide me to the world’s best universities in marine engg thankyou

  2. Anish says

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  3. Rm.muthamil jeyanth says

    I am a mech eng student i lile merine eng so give for some information in merine eng

  4. Sean says

    How did The California Maritime Academy get left off this list? The Naval Academy isn’t something you just apply to either… I don’t even think their graduates come out with Coast Guard Licenses? The Coast Guard Academy is missing too.

  5. Captain M.H.K. "Manny" Aschemeyer says

    I cannot BELIEVE that you omitted the California Maritime Academy (a California State University Campus located in Vallejo, CA) from amongst your list of — “The Best Maritime Colleges In the US”! CMA was recognized by Forbes Magazine three years running as being one of “the 100 best colleges in the USA”! And it has been long recognized by the Maritime Industry and Waterfront Business Communities from across the land as a “valuable resource” for finding diligent, hard-working, talented, proven, and focused employees. You need to update your listings for “maritime colleges”, and PRONTO! This is an egregious omission….and yes, I AM a proud CMA grad (Class of ’63) — and a successful “maritime professional” (now retired) who would not have attained a 50+-years successful career in the Maritime Industry were it not for the training, discipline, and education I got at CMA…. You can check me out on LinkedIn…. Captain “Manny” Aschemeyer; Licensed Master Mariner (Unlimited); BS, MNI

  6. says

    I echo Captain Aschemeyer’s comments about the omission of the Best of the Best Maritime colleges, the California Maritime Academy.
    I too am a proud 1965 marine engineering graduate and CEO of a machinery manufacturing company, with a successful career in Engineering and business management.
    Captian Bob Piazza, USN (Ret)

  7. mbetemsimon says

    i like the school it has always been my dream but i believe one day i will be there by Gods grace

  8. yoshi says

    Sir, what about DMET ,now known as IMU kolkata campus in india for persuing marine engineering?
    Please guide me sir

  9. Muhammad Tahir Ismail says


    I am 4th engineer on board tanker ship I want to appear class 2 second engineer officer examination in USA marine engineering college


  10. hojat pasalar says


    I am 2nd eng on board tanker and carring 1st class certificat , also I have b.e in navl architecture , I would like to pass some extra courses in us which is your advices.remind that all my certifictes are recieved from iran collges.

  11. Victor C. Christian says

    Yes! I support captain Aschemeyer and captain Bob Piazza…
    When I saw the list above about other schools and didn’t see CMA, I didn’t really buy it much cos of this great missing institution on the list.
    Well, even without it enlisted it is also a great known academy.


  12. Tony Barry says


    My name is Tony Barry; I am interested in your PhD program in Maritime Engineering. I would like to know about which fields I can research on, and what options are available. I would also like to know if I am eligible for the program. My Experience and credentials are as follows:


    – I am currently a Dean and Professor in Vishwakarma Maritime Institute, Pune.

    – Have been actively involved in the new ship buildings in the yards and guarantee checks and claims after delivery of new vessels.

    – Have been actively involved in the cadet training programs of cadets from Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore and have carried out on board training of several cadets from AMET, Chennai.

    – Have worked for world’s most reputed shipping company. Maersk group as Chief Engineer. I have worked in this field for more than 25 years.


    – Passed 4-years graduation in Marine Engineering from DMET (Calcutta) in the year 1982, securing “First Class with Distinction”. DMET is now called ‘MERI’ (Marine Engineering & Research Institute)

    – Passed HSC (10+2) securing “First Class with Distinction”, in the year 1978.

    Thanking you,

    Tony Barry

  13. aniagboso Christopher says

    Please can l obtain my ETO certificate of competency from this school. I need all your guidelines .
    Thanks and best regards.


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