The Graduate Programs

The Loeb-Sullivan School offers two Master’s degree programs:

  • International Logistics Management
  • Maritime Management (Known as the Master’s & Commander program, combines our M.S. in International Logistics Management with the undergraduate Small Vessel Operations program)

M.S. in International Logistics Management (ILM), Online

Our programs prepare students for the challenges of managing strategy and operations for the logistics and the maritime-related sectors of global supply chains. Graduate students pursue the Maine Maritime Academy institutional learning objectives at a level that requires significant introspection and personal growth in addition to solidifying their managerial and leadership skills. Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute strategic and organizational efforts toward effective supply chain management. Students have the ability to study, analyze, and evaluate the flow of goods, customer services, finances, and information from the supplier’s suppliers to the ultimate consumer and include the reverse logistics of return, recycle, and repair. An emphasis is placed on new concepts and theories for global marketing and sourcing, inventory, distribution, and transportation management as well as the supporting economics and finance/accounting.

The asynchronous format allows students to create their academic schedule around their jobs and personal commitments. Coursework can be accessed from anywhere in the world; it is a perfect part-time program for full-time working professionals.

The program is delivered completely online. Students are admitted in each of three academic trimesters: Fall, Spring and Summer, coinciding with the Maine Maritime Academy annual academic calendar. Admission application documents must be completed and received prior to August 1 for the Fall trimester, December 1 for Spring, and April 1 for the Summer trimester.

The program’s 36 credits (9 courses) can be completed in as little as 19 months with a maximum enrollment period of 4 years. The program offers two or three courses each semester; students may enroll in one or two courses per semester.

Failure to complete any coursework will require that the student repeat the course. If all coursework is not completed in four years, the student’s record will be closed. To complete the program, the student will need to be readmitted in adherence to the current admission requirements.

Our faculty brings their academic credentials and real-world experience to the program. Each professor’s experience provides students with immediate, practical application in the business environment.

Unique Features of the Program

  • Bringing the in-class experience to an online environment
  • Highly mission-driven and niche-oriented
  • A distinguished and highly supportive faculty
  • Timely and innovative curriculum
  • Courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer trimesters
  • Anywhere, anytime learning
  • Average class size range from 10-20
  • Close student-faculty contact
  • Full support and use of all MMA facilities including the library and IT Help Desk
  • Diverse student experience and backgrounds allowing for a more enriching learning environment
  • Field experience for SVO program provides hands on, real world experience

Prerequisite

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program are prepared for a career as managers or directors in logistics, supply chain management, production & operations, transportation, procurement, project management, inventory management, and imports and exports.

Following are selected examples of companies that have hired our alumni:

  • Amazon
  • Bath Iron Works
  • Bauer
  • Boeing
  • British Petroleum
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Caterpillar
  • H. Robinson
  • Cianbro Corporation
  • Crowley
  • Delhaize Group
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • FedEx
  • General Dynamics (BIW&NASSCO)
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Hannaford
  • IDEXX
  • International Paper
  • Kiewit
  • L. Bean
  • Poland Spring
  • Sappi Fine Papers
  • Seadrill
  • Shell Oil
  • Strategic Maintenance Solutions

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M.S. in Maritime Management (also known as the Master’s & Commander program), Online and On Campus

Candidates will 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 provides students with the opportunity, if qualified, to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license, depending on the type of sea service the student accrues.

Candidates will spend two calendar years completing their online graduate work while simultaneously completing their SVO courses. Successful completion of both programs will earn candidates a Master of Science in Maritime Management and the opportunity, if qualified, to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license.

A total of 78 credit hours over two years of combined graduate and undergraduate course work are required:

  • 36 credit hours: online, graduate courses
  • 42 credit hours: on campus, undergraduate program

The M.S. in Maritime Management program prepares students for the challenges of managing the logistics of global supply chains from both a strategic and operational perspective.  The online program consists of 9 courses; you may take 1 or 2 classes per semester. Classes do not have to be completed in any particular order except for BA660, the program’s capstone course, which is the last class taken. Students may take one or two courses per trimester to complete the degree within 2 calendar years.

The undergraduate Small Vessel Operations coursework is completed on campus. After Year 1 an off-site field experience aboard a vessel is required. 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 the student will be issued an Inland Waters license.

Failure to complete any coursework will require that the student repeat the course. If all coursework is not completed in four years, the student’s record will be closed. To complete the program, the student will need to be readmitted in adherence to the current admission requirements.

Our faculty brings their academic credentials and real-world experience to the program. Each professor’s experience provides students with immediate, practical application in the business environment.

 

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, VOT and SVO licenses can be endorsed for Auxiliary Sail. 

 

Unique Features of the Program

  • 36 credit hours: Nine online, graduate courses
  • 42 credit hours: Undergraduate Small Vessel Operations coursework completed on campus.
  • After Year 1 an off-site field experience aboard an appropriate vessel is required.
  • Complete program within two calendar years
  • Eligible to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license.

Prerequisite               

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program 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.

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