International Maritime Business

Undergraduate Degree

The International Maritime Business (IMBU) program prepares cadets for careers as business professionals serving the complex global supply chain.

Cadets acquire wide-ranging business skills — such as accounting, economics, finance, and negotiations — and maritime industry knowledge — such as admiralty law, port terminal operations, and shipping. These unique skills provide cadets with an edge in the increasingly global marketplace. With 90% of goods traveling by ship at some point in the journey from origin to destination, the industry is in need of professionals with this specific focus.

Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), this program requires at least two co-ops and an international or maritime experiential component to build practical maritime experience and develop a global perspective while creating relationships worldwide.  Cadets may elect to participate in a sea term in place of a co-op or experiential learning.


Q About MMA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a fully accredited, four year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue your love for the ocean, your concern for the environment, your interest in math and science, and your thirst for adventure.

Our campus is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to train the next generation of industry leaders. The Academy's rigorous academics and hands-on approach to building leadership and professional skills fully prepare our students for successful careers. The proof: most of our graduates are employed in well-paying, career track positions within 90-days of graduation.

The Academy experience is unique. The Regiment of Cadets and regimental-style uniforms play an important role in campus life. The Regiment reinforces that status at the Academy is not an entitlement based on gender, race, or socio-economic class; it is earned through hard work, honor, and integrity. Though we are structured as a regimented academy designed to grow effective leaders, only cadets who volunteer for commissioning programs have military obligations during and after their time at MMA.

Through Sea Terms and Cooperative Education Programs, our undergraduates log invaluable career experience during their four-year pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree, often while traveling to foreign countries. Upon graduation, our cadets are distinctly qualified to lead as licensed maritime professionals, skilled business managers, ship safety officers, commissioned military officers, and more.

The United States Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) recognizes the Academy as one of six state maritime colleges approved to prepare graduates for federal license examination as third mate, ocean vessels, unlimited tonnage or third assistant engineer, steam or motor, unlimited horsepower.

Extracurricular activities are viewed as a way to develop a strong sense of comradery, as well as, maintain the Academy's Tradition of Pride. All cadets encouraged to participate in the wide variety of activities and athletics offered at MMA. An impressive 40% of cadets are athletes on one or more of our competitive NCAA and ECAC Division III college teams.

Q Do I have to join the military?

No, our cadets do not have a service obligation. However, commissioning options are available for those that are interested.

Q Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, all students participate in the Regiment which requires them to wear a uniform every day. There are some exceptions specifically among our transfer students.

Q Does MMA offer the opportunity to shadow current students?

If you are a prospective student, we do offer the chance to visit our campus and shadow one of our freshman cadets for a day during our spring term (March-May). Please email for more information.

Q Do I have to go on the training ship?

Students within our Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation programs participate in sea term all 4 years they are here. Facilities Engineering students complete one sea term during their first year. Additionally, all first year students will spend a short time on the ship as a part of orientation.

Q Is career counseling available to help find a job after graduation?

Yes, we have a Career Services department on campus that assists current students with finding internships and full time jobs. We host a highly attended career fair each semester where students have the opportunity to meet and interview with potential employers.

Q What do students do after they graduate?

Similar to many colleges, our students pursue a variety of post graduate careers. Many students work in the maritime industry on land, or at sea, while others pursue non-maritime related careers. Students may continue their education in a graduate program at the Academy, or elsewhere. About 10% of our graduates each year pursue military service.

Q Applying to MMA

How do I submit my application?
You have two options! You can apply using our institutional application on our website or via the Common App. International students must appy via the Common App!
How do I submit supplemental documents for my application?
Your personal essay can be uploaded directly to your application portal after you have submitted your application. Official high school transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your high school via email (preferred), mail or Naviance. If you plan to submit test scores, official scores should be requested/sent via College Board or ACT.
Email (preferred):
Mail: Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Attn: Admissions, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
Is Mass Maritime changing their standardized testing policy due to COVID-19 cancellations?
Yes! If you are applying for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021, you will have the option to apply with or without the ACT or SAT. For more information, please review our Test Optional Policy.
Paying the application fee is a hardship for my family, can I get a waiver?
We do offer fee waiver codes for our application. Please contact Admissions at (800) 544-3411 or for more information.
Do you super score test scores?
Yes, we super score SAT’s; meaning if you take the test multiple times, we will take your highest individual subject scores and combine them to give you the highest overall score.
Can I submit more than 2 letters of recommendation?
We require 2 letters of recommendation to complete an application, however, you can submit up to 3 letters to be uploaded to your file.
What does my application essay need to be written about?
Your essay should be, at minimum 300 words, discussing the most important reasons for wanting to attend Mass Maritime. However, if there is another topic you feel strongly about writing on, you are more than welcome to do so.
Is foreign language required for admission?
Yes, we require 2 consecutive years of foreign language in high school. Waivers may be available in certain circumstances.
How do I monitor the status of my application online?
Your application status can be checked through your application portal. It will show in real time once a supplemental document has been received and uploaded to your application. Once all items have been received, your application will be marked as completed and will be moved to a counselor for review.
Are there any physical requirements?
No, we do not require a test of physical ability as part of admission. If applying to a Coast Guard licensing program there may be some requirements for licensing. Students can also expect to participate in PT as cadets and during orientation.
When will I be notified about my admission decision?
If you complete your application for Early Action, you will receive your decision by holiday break. Otherwise, you can expect to receive a decision within approximately 2 weeks of completing the application.
Do I apply to a specific major or can I apply undecided?
Students are not able to apply undecided. When submitting an application, you will need to select a 1st and 2nd choice major. You will be reviewed for your 1st choice major, and pending academic qualifications and space availability, you may be then admitted to your 2nd choice major.
Are interviews required for the admission process?
No, interviews are not required unless specifically requested. If you would like to meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your application, or ask questions, you may request one by emailing
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, we offer merit and need based scholarships to incoming students. These do not require an additional application. You will be reviewed and awarded these scholarships as part of your application to the Academy. Additional scholarships/grants may be awarded through Financial Aid, and if eligible, you will be notified.
How can I submit my enrollment deposit?
You can submit your $400 non-refundable enrollment fee online, or if paying by check, please make it out to MMA and note the student ID number in the memo portion. These can be mailed to Admissions.
May I defer my admission once admitted?
Written requests for deferment can be sent to the Director of Admissions, Josh Tefft ( These are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Q Admitted Students

Do I have to live on campus?
Yes, our students are generally required to live on campus. There may be circumstances that allow students to live off campus, particularly among transfer students.
Can I have a car on campus?
First- year students cannot have a car on campus. Some off-campus parking lots are available near campus, however, they are not monitored by the Academy.
Can I switch majors once I’m on campus?
Yes, this is most easily done during freshman year and can be easier, or more difficult, depending on your major. For example, switching into a license track major is more difficult than switching out of one.
I would like to change the major that I was accepted into, is that possible?
Written requests for change of major prior to enrollment can be sent to the Director of Admissions, Josh Tefft (
I live out-of-state, how do I schedule my off-site Accuplacer exam?
Please contact the Center for Student Success at (508) 830-5000 x1213, or for more information.
I live out-of-state, how do I complete my uniform fitting?
If you live outside of New England, there is an option for you to submit an online measurement form. Any questions should be directed to the Academy's Bookstore at (508) 830-6488.
How do I pay for my sea bag?
The cost of your sea bag will be included in your fall bill. Questions in regard to this payment can be directed to Student Financial Services at (508) 830-5400.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, all incoming freshman should plan to have a passport by November at the latest. The turnaround time for processing is typically 6-8 weeks so plan accordingly.

Q Parents

What are the most important events for me to attend as a parent of an incoming freshman?
Two significant events for freshman are Orientation Graduation and Freshman Recognition. Concluding the two-week mandatory orientation in August is Orientation Graduation which is a ceremony that includes a marching competition followed by awards and the cadet candidate oath. Additionally, freshman are free to leave campus for the weekend (if applicable). Freshman Recognition occurs during Homecoming weekend. This is when the Cadet Candidates will have completed all necessary assignments to finally be recognized as Fourth Class (4/C) Cadets.
Can I see my son/daughter during orientation?
No, Orientation is focused on transitioning cadets to life at Mass Maritime, as well as, team building exercises with their fellow classmates. That being said, communication with people off campus is limited to allow the experience to be all encompassing and to limit distractions. Communication is limited to help reduce home sickness as cadets adjust to life on campus.
I’m booking travel plans, when will my son/daughter be home for break?
Freshman, regardless of when their last exam is during finals week, are required to stay on campus until the last day of exams to assist with cleaning out of the dorms. Please plan accordingly by referring to our Academic Calendar for specific dates. Additionally, students may have a mandatory Holiday Watch so please be sure to check with him/her.
How do I send mail to my son/daughter?
All mail can be sent to the main campus address. Once he/she is assigned to a company, you need to include this next to his/her name.

Q School Counselors

Can I schedule a group visit?
Yes! We would love to host your students and provide a tour of our campus. Please email Dione Eaton ( to arrange a visit.
Can I visit campus as a counselor to learn more?
Yes, you are more than welcome to hop on one of our daily campus tours. Typically they are offered Mon-Fri at 10:00AM and Mon-Thurs at 2:00PM. Please call/email our office so that we can add you to the schedule. Additionally, we offer counselor overnight visits during the summer.
How do I submit my student’s transcript, or other documents?
You can email documents to, Naviance, Common App, or via mail.
My student is on free/reduced lunch, can he/she receive an application fee waiver?
Yes, please contact Admissions for more information.

Q How to Apply

How to Apply
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We also accept applications through the CommonApp!

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Please note: International applicants are currently unable to apply using our online application. International applicants must complete the International Student Application by clicking the button above.

To complete the application process you will need to:
Complete the online application on our website and submit the $50 application fee
Request official high school transcripts
Attach your essay (minimum 300 words discussing the most important reasons for selecting MMA as a possible college for you or on a subject of your choice). After you submit your application, this can be uploaded and attached as a PDF file.
Send two letters of recommendation - Recommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.). Please send as a PDF file.
Optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 Applicants: Send official standardized test scores (SAT, ACT)
Unsure about sending test scores? Review our Test Optional Policy.
All supplemental items can be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to the following address:
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Office of Admissions
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

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Admission Standards
Candidates for admission must be willing to comply with regulations of the Academy, which are designed to instill honor and responsibility. Candidates are admitted without regard to race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or national origin.

Physical Examination
Participation in the Regiment of Cadets is demanding mentally and physically. In general, illnesses or physical problems that would render the applicant unable to perform the regular duties of a cadet or officer of a ship at sea are disqualifying. Incoming students are required to submit medical forms (including a physical) to Health Services prior to Orientation.

Additionally, service academy applicants may request a copy of their physical exam from DoDMERB, which can be forwarded to MMA in lieu of our medical form.

Lastly, United States Merchant Marine contenders are subject to certain minimum physical requirements prescribed by the United States Coast Guard for licensing eligibility. Coast Guard regulations concerning the original licensing of Merchant Marine Officers require the applicant to have uncorrected vision of at least 20/100 in both eyes, correctable to at least 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye for Deck Officers. For Engineering Officers, uncorrected vision must be 20/100 in both eyes, correctable to at least 20/30 in one eye and 20/50 in the other. Inadequate color perception may disqualify an applicant for licensure. The Coast Guard routinely authorizes waivers of uncorrected vision up to 20/200 and will consider waivers for vision below that level.

Students with Disabilities
The Academy strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students, or applicants, who have questions or concerns with these issues should contact the Academy’s Disabilities Resource Officer, Dr. Fran Tishkevich at (508) 830-5000 x 2208 or

License Requirements
The license requirements of the Degree/License programs are governed by a number of external regulations: the Merchant Marine Training and Education Act of 1980; United States Coast Guard regulations for obtaining a Merchant Marine Officer’s license; the Maritime Administration’s regulations for State Maritime Academies found in Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations; and the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) promulgated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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