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Schools for Aspiring Marine Architects: How to Choose

Students interested in marine architecture should consider programs in ocean engineering, marine engineering and naval architecture. Marine architecture programs are offered through service academies and traditional colleges and universities.

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Ocean engineering, marine engineering and naval architecture programs allow students to study the design and function of marine vessels and architecture. These programs are available through a variety of schools, and many programs allow students to work with advanced technology and facilities.

Schools with Marine Architect Programs

Marine architecture programs are offered at these schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 4-year, Public Bachelor's Master's, Doctoral $12,862 In-state Undergraduate; $11,796 In-state Graduate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's $46,400 Graduate
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $39,290 Undergraduate; $21,690 Graduate
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,809 In-state Undergraduate; $17,659 Out-of-state Undergraduate
University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,004 In-state Undergraduate; $21,821 Out-of-state Undergraduate
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 In-state Undergraduate; $20,638 In-state Graduate
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's Free for U.S. Citizens With U.S. Navy or Marine Corps Contract
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,176 In-state Undergraduate; $28,768 Out-of-state Undergraduate
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $942 Undergraduate
Webb Institute Glen Cove, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $46,000 Undergraduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to keep in mind when selecting a marine architecture program.

  • Many graduate programs require an ABET-accredited degree for admittance, and students should look for programs with ABET accreditation.
  • Prospective students might want to seek programs with student chapters of SNAME, the Marine Technology Society or the American Society of Naval Engineers for opportunities like research projects, networking events and scholarships.
  • Students should be aware that U.S. military service academies require a military service commitment in exchange for education.

Bachelor's Degrees in Ocean Engineering

Ocean engineering programs incorporate elements of the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering departments into an oceanography setting.

Bachelor's Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Naval architecture and marine engineering may be offered jointly or as separate degrees. These programs include courses from the civil and mechanical engineering and architecture departments.

Master's Degrees in Ocean Engineering

Graduate ocean engineering programs require students to be knowledgeable in hydromechanics and mathematics. Many programs offer students the option of pursuing a research project rather than a thesis. Students may also continue their studies to the doctoral level.

Master's Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Some schools offer this graduate program in a joint degree with a Master in Business Accommodations which may appeal to students with industry experience who are looking to transition to the business management side. Some programs offer graduate degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering separately. Some schools may also offer doctoral programs, if students are interested in additional schooling.

Naval architecture, marine engineering and ocean engineering programs are offered by a select number of public and private institutions. Some schools only offer undergraduate or graduate programs, and, if a student intends to pursue both levels of study, they may want to consider only schools that offer both levels of study, as well as looking at tuition and location.

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