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.