Best Marine Engineering Schools and Colleges: List of Top Schools

Learn about some of the top schools to offer degree programs in marine engineering in the United States. Compare the schools by reviewing their program offerings, rankings and more.

School Information

Currently, there are a limited number of schools that offer marine engineering programs in the U.S., and most of those schools are located on the East Coast. Two of the best include the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Naval Academy.

1. United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT

School Highlight: Coast Guard graduates must serve five years on active duty with the Coast Guard, most often beginning as an ensign.

USCGA offers undergraduate majors in naval architecture and marine engineering, and marine and environmental sciences. The marine and environmental sciences program offers fieldwork on a coast guard research vessel, while the naval architecture and marine engineering programs provides internship, directed studies research and capstone design projects opportunities.

2. United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

School Highlight: Similar to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy must enlist for at least five years in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

The naval architecture and ocean engineering program at USNA is accredited by ABET, Inc., (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The program, which awards a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), also offers a service academy exchange program, as well as leadership positions among the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Top Marine Engineering Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Massachusetts Maritime Academy The school offers a student chapter of ASE (the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Buzzards Bay, MA
Texas A&M University at Galveston The marine engineering program is both ABET accredited and certified by the U.S. Coast GuardGalveston, TX
University of New Orleans Students have access to a computer-aided ship design laboratory, a UNO structural test system, a model shop for projects and more New Orleans, LA

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