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Top Schools for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Learn about degree programs in naval architecture and marine engineering, through which students learn how to design ships and their systems. Read about the degree options at four specialized institutions, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for naval architects and marine engineers. View article »

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  • 0:03 School Information
  • 0:51 U.S. Naval Academy
  • 1:45 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • 2:20 Webb Institute
  • 2:50 Maine Maritime Academy
  • 3:26 Other Top Schools

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Students in naval architecture programs learn how to design and construct large ships for ocean travel. Undergraduate programs are available in the field, and interested students may also earn degrees in closely related fields like marine engineering and ocean engineering.

Aspiring marine engineers find out how to design the systems that allow the ships to move, such as mechanical systems, propulsion engines, underwater submersibles, or offshore platforms. The four schools featured include 4-year naval and merchant marine academies, as well as a public university. Each of these schools offers wide-ranging training that gives students a comprehensive overview of this interdisciplinary field, and two are top-ranked schools in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.

United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

School Highlight: This academy offers ABET-accredited programs.

The United States Naval Academy, a public institution, ranked 12th among national liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The academy offers a program in naval architecture, through which students become familiar with the different phases involved in designing, building and operating marine vessels. Qualified graduates may find technically demanding positions either on or beneath the ocean.

Students in the ocean engineering program take courses in math, oceanography, physics, and material science. They also receive training in electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering. In particular, they learn how to design ocean structures and vehicles, systems for life support, and power systems.

United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY

School Highlight: Offers degrees in marine engineering.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy, a public university, ranked 3rd on U.S. News & World Report's list of best regional colleges in the North for 2017. Undergraduate majors include maritime operations and technology, marine engineering, and marine transportation, among other fields of study. Future shipmen receive basic and advanced instruction in shipboard engineering operations, marine transportation technology, and marine engineering design.

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Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY

School Highlight: This school offers a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering.

At the school, students can pursue a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering. The program combines coursework in marine, structural, and systems engineering, among other related disciplines, with machine and ship design. Coursework in naval architecture includes topics in ship statics, marine transport, and propulsor design.

Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME

School Highlight: The marine engineering program offers license and non-license tracks.

The department of engineering at Maine Maritime Academy offers Bachelor of Science programs in marine systems engineering, marine engineering technology, and marine engineering operations. Within the marine systems engineering major, students can choose between a license and a non-license track. The license track takes 5 years to complete and prepares students for the Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer's License and the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

Other Top Schools

Here are a few more schools with naval architecture and/or marine engineering programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA Houses a Center for Maritime Training
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ Offers online programs and graduate certificate programs in naval architecture and marine engineering
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck, NY Houses a Maritime Museum
Texas A & M University College Station, TX Facilities include the Coastal Engineering Lab, Offshore Technology Research Center, and Hydromechanics Lab
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT Summer internships at U.S. Coast Guard Units are available
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA Offers a degree program in ocean engineering

Students who want to pursue undergraduate studies in marine engineering or naval architecture can find comprehensive programs at institutions focused on marine studies as well as traditional 4-year universities.

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