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Boat Technology Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Jul 30, 2019

There are two public or private-not-for-profit schools within Massachusetts that offer marine engineering degree programs. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Boat technology training is usually found within majors such as naval architecture and marine engineering. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at 4-year schools and maritime academies in Massachusetts. Students gain practical experience through laboratory coursework and training aboard ships.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers an undergraduate degree in mechanical and ocean engineering, as well as a graduate degree program in naval architecture and marine engineering. The graduate program focuses on the design of all waterborne vehicles and the subsystems that operate them. MIT also offers a Naval Engineer's degree, a graduate program that provides engineering training to students interested in ships and ship design. The university also works closely with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, offering students a Ph.D. program that includes a focus on applied ocean science and engineering.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay offers a bachelor's degree in marine engineering that trains graduates to work as licensed engineering officers on U.S. Merchant Marine ships and for similar engineering jobs onshore. This 128-credit program includes classroom and lab instruction, which includes 50 days of practical shipboard training each year. During the junior year, students serve time aboard commercial merchant ships to gain first-hand experience in the maritime industry. In order to graduate, all students must take an examination to receive a U.S. Coast Guard-issued Merchant Marine Officer License for a Third Assistant Engineer of Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine vessels.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Boat Technology Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4-year; private non-for-profit; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering,
Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering,
Naval Engineer's Degree
$51,832 (undergraduate); $54,976 (graduate)*
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 4-year; public; midsize suburb Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering $9,728 (undergraduate) in-state; $26,106 (undergraduate) out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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