The Undergraduate Academic Program


The Academy offers the following baccalaureate degree academic majors at its Castine campus:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Business and Logistics
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Biology/Small Vessel Operations
  • Marine Engineering Operations*
  • Marine Engineering Technology*
  • Marine Science
  • Marine Science/Small Vessel Operations
  • Marine Systems Engineering* (License Track)
  • Marine Systems Engineering (Non-License Track)
  • Marine Transportation Operations*
  • Maritime Technology**
  • Power Engineering Operations
  • Power Engineering Technology
  • Vessel Operations and Technology

The Academy offers the following associate degree academic majors at its Castine campus:

  • Small Craft Design***
  • Small Craft Systems***
  • Small Vessel Operations

*These majors lead to a U.S. Coast Guard unlimited license and require participation in the Regiment of Midshipmen. See the catalog section entitled Student Life for information on the Regiment.

**This major is only available to alumni who demonstrate eligibility. This is not for matriculation.

***Small Craft Design and Small Craft Systems are offered as Associate Degree Programs by Maine Maritime Academy in association with The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport, Maine. Residence at Maine Maritime Academy is required for the first year at Castine and at The Landing School in Kennebunkport for the second year of the program.

Undeclared Major

This option of an undeclared major is only available for the Spring term and is designed primarily for transfer students. The following semester, students must declare a major and select courses in consultation with an advisor to meet the requirements of a declared major. Students may enroll as non-declared for one semester only.

MMA/General Dynamics Corporation Programs

In addition to the fifteen undergraduate majors listed above, two other majors leading to an Associate of Science degree are offered to employees of General Dynamics Corporation at Bath Iron Works Shipyard:

Bath Iron Works Shipyard

Two Associate of Science majors, Ship Design and Ship Production, are offered via a satellite program for apprentices of General Dynamics Corporation’s Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. In these programs, courses are offered on-site in Bath. These majors are administered by the Engineering Department at MMA.

Joint Degree Program with Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey

Maine Maritime Academy in collaboration with Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) of Izmir, Turkey offers a joint degree in three majors.

The majors for a Joint MMA/DEU Bachelor of Science Degree are:

  • Maritime Business Administration (DEU) / International Business and Logistics (MMA)
  • Marine Transportation Engineering (DEU) / Marine Transportation Operations (MMA)
  • Marine Engineering (DEU) / Marine Engineering Operations (MMA)

Enrollment in the MMA/DEU Joint Degree Program requires admission by DEU and approval by MMA. Turkish students have two avenues to enter the program. If they can demonstrate an adequate proficiency in English, students may enter the first semester of the program, which is taught in Izmir, Turkey at DEU. If they cannot demonstrate adequate English proficiency, they may attend English preparatory classes at DEU appropriate to their levels of proficiency, for a maximum of 2 years. Students in the English Preparatory and Maritime License programs will be enrolled in several non-credit license training programs concurrently with their first year of English study. After demonstrating adequate language proficiency, the degree program will commence with one or two semesters, depending upon the major, at DEU. This will be followed by three or more semesters at MMA and a similar amount of time at DEU to complete the four years necessary for a BS degree. Students graduating from the MMA/DEU Joint Degree Program will receive a single degree offered jointly by MMA and DEU. MMA students wishing to study for one or more semesters at DEU in Turkey may do so as part of a MMA student exchange agreement with DEU.

Selecting a Major and Changing Majors

It is necessary to select an academic major prior to registering for the fall semester of the first year. Thereafter, it is possible to change a major after consultation with appropriate academic advisors and the respective program coordinator, as may be necessary. A change of major must be approved by the faculty coordinator of the new major and may be restricted by the student’s academic performance as well as the capacity of the new program. Students who request a change in major must meet Academy and programmatic requirements that are in place. A change of major requires careful scheduling and may necessitate attending summer classes or additional semesters to complete all required courses. If a circumstance arises which in the opinion of the student or the Vice President for Academic Affairs causes undue hardship on the student or the school in fulfilling the obligations created by a situation such as those addressed here, it may be resolved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the student, the student’s advisor and/or the Department Chair involved. Students changing majors are subject to the Priority for Course Registration of the Academic Policies chapter and may not be on “track”.

During the fall semester of the first year, baccalaureate candidates in U.S. Coast Guard unlimited license programs take courses in both nautical science and marine engineering to gain insight into both fields of study. Upon the successful completion of the spring semester of the first year, these students register for the annual cruise aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship or are assigned to another academy training ship.

Minor Programs and Concentrations

In addition to the academic majors offered at Maine Maritime Academy, all Departments offer opportunities for specializations in one or more areas of study. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programs and decide on a minor or concentration as early as possible in order to meet the necessary requirements for their targeted graduation date. Registration materials and academic requirements for minor programs and concentrations can be obtained from the Registrar, faculty program advisors, and the Academic Policies section of this catalog.