Marine engineering can be studied at a number of public and private four-year institutions. It is possible to pursue studies towards an undergraduate certificate, bachelor's degree, master's degree or doctoral degree in this field.
Top 10 Maritime Schools
These schools offer marine or ocean engineering programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Florida Institute of Technology||Melbourne, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$39,290 Undergraduate; $21,690 Graduate|
|Maine Maritime Academy||Castine, ME||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$12,788 In-state Undergraduate; $25,362 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|The Maritime College - State University of New York||Throggs Neck, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,809 In-state Undergraduate; $17,659 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buzzards Bay, MA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,630 In-state Undergraduate; $23,436 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|U.S. Naval Academy||Annapolis, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||Free With Contract with US Navy or Marine Corps.|
|University of New Orleans||New Orleans, LA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate||$8,004 In-state Undergraduate; $7,234 In-state Graduate|
|U.S Merchant Marine Academy||Kings Point, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$1,107 Undergraduate; $1,107 Graduate|
|Texas A&M||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,176 In-state Undergraduate; $5,598 In-state Graduate|
|U.S. Coast Guard Academy||New London, CT||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$942 Undergraduate|
|Webb Institute of Engineering||Glen Cove, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$46,000 Undergraduate|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in marine mechanical engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind.
- Accredited programs have been proven to meet high standards in education and offer a high level of training. Prospective students want to make sure that the school is accredited by the Engineering Commission on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).
- Prospective students may want to consider programs with experienced faculty, as well as engineering laboratories and simulators that prepare students with practical experience.
- Some schools provide specialized internships and practical experience in a student's area of interest.
- Because there are a wide variety of marine engineering specialties, students may want to find a school that offers diverse coursework or a school with their specialization.
Certificate in Marine Engineering Technology
A certificate program in marine engineering gives students basic education and practical hands-on training with hand and power tools, as well as safe work practices. Courses take place in the classroom and aboard ships. Certificate programs take about one year to complete, and prospective students should check with the school to see if they meet all the educational prerequisites. Certificate programs may also include an internship aboard a ship.
Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering or Marine Engineering
Both the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering (BSOE) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSME) take four years to complete. As with most bachelor's degree programs, the first few semesters are dedicated to general education courses. Students are required to complete practical training aboard military or commercial vessels in order to graduate. Some programs incorporate qualifying examinations by the U.S. Coast Guard into the curriculum.
Master of Science in Ocean Engineering or Marine Engineering
The Master of Science in Marine or Ocean Engineering takes about two years to complete and applicants must have a degree in engineering, the sciences or mathematics. A thesis is usually required. Students take advanced courses in mechanical ocean engineering.
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering
Applicants must be proficient in data analysis, mathematics and oceanography, in addition to mechanics and materials. At the Ph.D. level, students gain expertise in specialized marine engineering fields.
A number of public and private institutions offer degrees in ocean or marine engineering. Some schools only offer undergraduate or graduate studies, while others offer degrees at all levels.