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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.

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Students in naval architecture programs learn how to design and construct large ships for ocean travel. 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 three schools featured below include 4-year naval and merchant marine academies, as well as a public university. Each of the three schools offers undergraduate programs in naval architecture, marine engineering or ocean engineering, or a closely related field.

1. United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

School Highlight: Offers accredited ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) programs.

The United States Naval Academy, a public institution, ranked 13th among national liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. 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.

2. 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 third on U.S. News & World Report's list of best regional colleges in the North for 2014. 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.

3. Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY

School Highlight: 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.

Top Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Schools

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