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Marine Surveying Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Marine surveyors inspect all types of boats to determine structural and mechanical conditions used to appraise value and establish insurability. To learn more about training programs in marine surveying and the schools that offer them, keep reading.

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Diplomas, bachelor's degrees and professional programs are suitable for aspiring marine surveyors. These programs are available through 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, although some professional programs may only be offered through private organizations.

Top Schools with Marine Surveying Programs

All of the following schools offer undergraduate degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME public, 4 year Bachelor's $12,788 (resident), $25,362 (non-resident)
SUNY Maritime College Throgg's Neck, NY public, 4 yar Bachelor's $7,809 (resident), $17,659 (non-resident)
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD public, 4 year Bachelor's Paid by US Government
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT public, 4 year Bachelor's $942
United States Merchant Marine Academy King's Point, NY public, 4 year Bachelor's, Master's $1,107
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI public, 4 year Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (resident), $43,476 (non-resident)
University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA public, 4 year Bachelor's $8,004 (resident), $21,821 (non-resident)
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ private, not-for-profit, 4 year Bachelor's, Master's $47,190
Texas A&M University-College Station College Station, TX public, 4 year Bachelor's $10,176 (resident), $28,768 (non-resident)

Source: *National Center of Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students need to keep in mind several considerations when considering a school with a maritime program.

  • Some students who want to learn to construct boats and a basic knowledge of the field may want to look at program that offers a certificate, rather than a 4 year degree.
  • Individuals may want to look for schools that offer programs approved by ABET.
  • Schools that employ faculty who have experience in the field of marine engineering or surveying often provide students with a more comprehensive education.
  • Schools located near port facilities and ship traffic may allow for more hands-on experience.

Diploma in Boat Building

A diploma in boat building with classes in surveying is appropriate for individuals interested in a hands-on technical education program. Students learn about boat construction and terminology and learn how to construct seaworthy watercraft. Courses include drawing, theory, hull survey and boat repair and restoration.

Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Students in naval architecture and marine engineering bachelor's programs learn about components of marine design, including power and structural capacities, hull strength and propulsion systems. These programs often include laboratory and field work.

Marine Surveying Professional Programs

Professional and career schools offer courses, workshops and seminars for aspiring marine surveyors. Some of these courses include yacht and small craft surveying, fiberglass boat inspection, damage surveying and the business side of marine surveying business development.

A host of bachelor's degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering are available around the country for those interested in marine surveying.

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