Graduate Programs

Pursuing a master's degree in maritime management, specializing in Global Logistics and Vessel Operations, integrates two exceptional programs, presenting you with a diverse array of career opportunities. Achieve a Master's in Maritime Management and the opportunity to obtain your U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Mate Less Than 200 Gross Tons, Near Coastal or Inland license. This comprehensive experience involves engaging in our online business and logistics program while concurrently dedicating two years on campus to our undergraduate Small Vessel Operations (SVO) program.

What is Maritime Management?

Maritime Management involves the strategic coordination and administration of activities within the maritime industry, covering shipping, logistics, port management, and vessel operations. Professionals in this field are responsible for ensuring the efficient and safe movement of goods and people via waterways, compliance with regulations, and optimizing operational processes. Key focus areas include maritime logistics, navigation, vessel maintenance, port operations, international trade, and regulatory compliance. Maritime Management is vital in facilitating global trade and commerce, with professionals working for shipping companies, port authorities, government agencies, and logistics firms. The field requires a comprehensive understanding of maritime laws, risk management, and the ability to navigate the complexities of the dynamic maritime industry.

What Is Small Vessel Operations?

Small vessel operations is an integral part of maritime traffic supervision and management. As a small vessel operator, you'll be responsible for operating and managing various private and commercial vessels.

MPM Certification

After you successfully complete Maine Maritime's online Master's in Maritime Management with a concentration in Global Logistics and Vessel Operations, you'll be awarded Maritime Port Manager certification from the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE). This certification will further prepare you for your logistics and supply chain management career.


Maine Maritime is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a nonprofit, non-governmental membership organization. NECHE accreditation is the regionally recognized standard and marks a solid academic program.

Alumni Perspective

Victoria Cooper ’17
International Business & Logistics
Saco, ME
Don’t be shy. Try new things. You never know what field you might like. Also, be ambitious and involved while at school. Once you get into the real world, your time will be focused around your career.
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Why Choose the Master's in Maritime Management with a Concentration in Global Logistics and Vessel Operations at Maine Maritime Academy?

Earning a Master's in Maritime Management with a focus on Global Logistics and Vessel Operations at Maine Maritime Academy equips graduates with comprehensive knowledge in global logistics, preparing them for pivotal roles in the operation and management of various private and commercial vessels. This program integrates online courses in international logistics management with two years of practical experience in small vessel operations, facilitated through underway labs, simulator sessions, and sea time.

Key Program Features:

Small Online Classes

Experience an engaging and interactive learning environment with online class sizes averaging 10-20 students. Benefit from close student-faculty interaction and connect with online learners worldwide, bringing diverse backgrounds and experiences to the virtual classroom.

Access to MMA Resources

As an online student in maritime management, take advantage of complete access to Maine Maritime Academy's wealth of resources. Use the extensive databases available through the Nutting Memorial Library and reach out to the IT help desk for support with any technology-related inquiries, concerns, or challenges. Additionally, our career services team provides a range of offerings, including two on-campus career fairs annually and access to a national job board, ensuring a remarkable 90% job placement rate within six months of graduation.

Industry-experienced faculty

Learn from faculty members with real-world industry experience, bringing practical insights to the online classroom. Their expertise spans various industries, providing you with immediate and applicable knowledge.

Sea Time and Field Experience

Take advantage of Maine Maritime Academy's renowned laboratories, simulations, and cooperative work experiences to prepare for maritime careers and fulfill the 120 sea days required for the 200-ton mate's license. Engage in on-campus Small Vessel Operations classes taught by marine transportation faculty recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise.

Elective Cruise Opportunity

To enhance your experience, consider choosing a 60-day elective cruise after your first year, providing additional hands-on exposure to maritime operations.

Embark on a rewarding educational journey that combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, paving the way for a successful career in maritime management and small vessel operations.

What Can You Do With a Maritime Management Degree?

Discover a range of career opportunities with Maine Maritime Academy's hybrid master's program. Our students enjoy flexibility in pursuing careers, extending beyond the maritime sector to roles supporting industry and the broader business realm. Whether aspiring to managerial, directorial, or vice-presidential roles, our program equips you with essential skills for success. Graduates find fulfilling opportunities in logistics, production operations, procurement, inventory management, port and terminal operations, supply chain, transportation, project management, and imports/exports.

Our program alumni have thrived in esteemed companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx, Georgia Pacific, L.L. Bean, Shell Oil, Target, and the Walt Disney Company.

The Global Logistics and Vessel Operations concentration can additionally lead to careers as an officer aboard a tug or barge, a harbor pilot vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard or Navy vessel, a tall ship, a small passenger vessel, a ferry, a charter vessel, or a yacht.

Career Outlook in Maritime Management

Due to the need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy, employment of logisticians is projected to grow 5% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How Much do Maritime Management Graduates Make?

According to a salary survey by D.C. Velocity, the average salary for those with a master's degree in logistics-related fields is $175,817.

Alumni Perspective

Ellen Reynolds ’16
International Logistics Management
Hope, ME
I appreciated the faculty's wealth of knowledge; I found their teaching styles to be exceptional and I appreciated the level of challenge that the program presented.
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Discover a Master's Degree in Maritime Management with a special focus on Global Logistics and Vessel Operations

Immerse yourself in our comprehensive hybrid program, seamlessly blending 30 credit hours of online International Logistics Management courses with two years of on-campus study. Our online courses provide a robust business foundation with a specialized emphasis on logistics management. Meanwhile, our in-person curriculum is meticulously crafted to meet U.S. Coast Guard standards for a USCG Near Coastal Mates License, applicable to vessels of up to 200 tons.

The Global Logistics and Vessel Operations concentration kicks off on-campus annually at the onset of the fall semester. Additionally, you have the option to inquire about commencing online courses before arriving on campus.

Core Classes

  • BA500 | Accounting for Managers
  • BA501 | Finance for Global Managers
  • BA503 | Organization Development and Managing Change
  • BA505 | Strategic Marketing for Managers
  • BA507 | Economics for Management Decision Making
  • BA509 | Strategic Management Capstone Course

Concentration Classes

  • BA511 | Fundamentals of Logistics
  • BA513 | Integrated International Logistics
  • BA515 | Port and Transport Terminal Operations
  • BA517 | Logistics Information Systems

Small Vessel Operations Classes (on-campus)

  • NS101: Introduction to Nautical Science
  • NS103: Introduction to Vessel Operations
  • PE100: Basic Sailing
  • PE114: Ocean Survival
  • USCG1: Fire Fighting
  • NS132: Small Craft Technology & Lab
  • NS135: Small Craft Construction & Lab
  • NS241: Seamanship
  • USCG2: Fire Fighting Live Burn
  • USCG3: Lifeboat Exam
  • CO223: SVO/VOT Cooperative Work Exp I
  • NS122: Cargo I
  • NS232: Marine Systems & Lab
  • NS271: Terrestrial Navigation I
  • NS272: Terrestrial Navigation Lab
  • OC101: Introduction to Ocean Science
  • NS221: Meteorology
  • NS262: Navigation Rules
  • NS292: Electronic Navigation
  • NS293: Electronic Navigation Lab
  • NS298: Topics in Small Vessel Operations
  • NS299: 200 Ton License Seminar
  • NS101 | Introduction to Nautical Science & Lab
  • NS103 | Introduction To Vessel Operation & Lab
  • NS135 | Small Craft Construction & Lab
  • NS132 | Small Craft Technology & Lab
  • PE100 | Basic Sailing
  • PE114 | Ocean Survival
  • USCG1 | Firefighting
  • OC101 | Intro to Ocean Science and Lab
  • NS221 | Meteorology
  • NS241 | Seamanship & Lab
  • USCG2 | Firefighting
  • CO223 | SVO Coop 1
  • NS122 | Cargo 1
  • NS232 | Marine Systems & Lab
  • NS271 | Terrestrial Navigation I
  • NS272 | Terrestrial Navigation I Lab
  • NS262 | Navigation Rules
  • NS292 | Electronic Navigation I
  • NS293 | Electronic Navigation Lab
  • NS298 | Topics In Small Vessel Operations
  • NS299 | 200 Ton License

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Department Faculty

Navneet Jain
Associate Professor GRAD/IBL
Robert Drach
Assistant Professor IBL
Debra Kingston
Administrative Coordinator
David Sorich
Department Chair GRAD/IBL

Get Started on Your Master's Degree in Maritime Management with a concentration in Global Logistics and Vessel Operations

Take the next step toward earning your master's degree through Maine Maritime Academy.


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

Admissions Dates

Students are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, with application deadlines in December, February, May, July, and September.

Contact an Admissions Representative

If you're ready to change or advance your Maritime Management career, please get in touch with our Graduate Enrollment Specialist..

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Maine Maritime Academy welcomes veterans and has the resources to help you transition to graduate school. Please get in touch with our dedicated admissions representative for veterans.


Maine Maritime Academy welcomes motivated and academically qualified transfer students. Please contact our admissions office to learn more about transferring to Maine Maritime Academy.

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The application process is simple and there is no cost to apply! Simply submit your resume, a letter of intent, transcripts, and contact information for two professional references. Students who hold a degree from outside the U.S. or Canada must submit GRE and TOEFL test results and a transcript evaluation report. Check out all admission requirements or contact the graduate admissions specialist for more information.

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