M.S. in Maritime Management

Also known as Master’s & Commander, this degree combines two great programs to offer you a career path with wide-ranging possibilities. Earn a master’s degree in Maritime Management plus the potential to receive your U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons license.

Complete our online Master of Science in Maritime Management program while simultaneously spending two years on campus enrolled in our undergraduate Small Vessel Operations (SVO) program. Completing the SVO program will provide you with the opportunity, if qualified, to sit for the USCG Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license.


A Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S) from an accredited institution is required. An undergraduate degree in business is not required.


Students are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Program begins with the Fall semester.

ProgramApplication DeadlineEntrance
Maritime ManagementJune 1Late August

Courses and Credit hours

A total of 78 credit hours over two years of combined graduate and undergraduate course work are required to complete the program.

  • Online graduate courses: 36 credit hours
  • On campus undergraduate courses: 42 credit hours

Required Courses and Schedule of Offerings

Graduate Class Offerings

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Small Vessel Operations

Most undergraduate SVO coursework is completed on campus. After Year 1, an off-site field experience aboard a vessel is required. Upon successfully completing the program, including an appropriate field experience, meeting all the applicable USCG requirements, and passing the USCG exam, you will receive a USCG license as Mate of Vessels of less than 200 gross tons, Near Coastal (200 miles offshore) or Inland Waters, depending on the type of sea service accrued. Students normally take the USCG exam in the spring semester of their final year.

Qualifying Sea Service and Field Experiences
Students seeking the Mate 200 Ton license are required to complete 120 underway sea days on appropriate vessels. Sea service is acquired through underway labs, simulator time, and field experiences. To qualify for the Near Coastal license, at least half the sea service must be accrued aboard vessels operating on Near Coastal waters; otherwise, you will be issued an Inland Waters license.

Auxiliary Sail Concentration
For those looking for traditional sail training opportunities, we offer an Auxiliary Sail concentration. With sufficient qualifying sea time under sail, and upon successful completion of a sail addendum examination, SVO licenses can be endorsed for Auxiliary Sail.

Maritime Port Management Certificate

Upon successful completion of your master’s degree, you will also be awarded a professional certification as Maritime Port Manager (MPM) through the The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE). MMA and IAMPE are working together to improve professional development for the maritime and port industry.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the M.S. in Maritime Management are prepared for diverse and varied career opportunities. You may choose a career as a manager or director in logistics or supply chain management, or perhaps you will prefer working on the water operating a tug boat, ferry, excursion craft, or research vessel. You may even choose to own/operate any one of these marine businesses.