Best Marine Engineering Schools and Colleges: List of Top Schools

Jan 11, 2020

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.

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Degree programs in marine engineering are not abundant. We'll explore the programs at three schools and review the highlights of two others. Currently, there are a limited number of schools that offer marine engineering programs in the U.S., and most of these schools are located on the East Coast. Three of the best include the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Other schools can usually be found in coastal areas as well.

United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT

Graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) 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 provide internship, directed studies research, and capstone design project opportunities.

United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Similar to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) 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.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers a student chapter of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. According to U.S. News & World Report's 2020 report, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is ranked at #4 in the regional north rankings of colleges and at #3 as a top public school in the region. The total undergraduate enrollment is nearly 1,700 students, and the Maritime Academy has a 16:1 student to faculty ratio. The school's marine engineering (M-Eng) program prepares students for engineering officer careers in the United States Merchant Marines. Before graduation, M-Eng students must take examinations given by the United States Coast Guard to qualify as a third assistant engineer, steam, motor, and gas turbine, unlimited horsepower, with the ultimate goal of reaching chief engineer.

Top Marine Engineering Schools

Let's take a quick look at two other schools that offer marine engineering programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Texas A&M University Has a marine engineering program that is both ABET accredited and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard Galveston, 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

Three academies offer top marine engineering programs in the nation: the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Other schools also offer excellent programs and most are located in coastal areas.

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