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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Admission Requirements Admissions - Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, candidates must be capable of effective college-level study and have successfully completed high school courses in the following six subject areas:

  • Four courses in Math (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
  • Three courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/ Engineering; including 2 courses with laboratory work); Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school (note, Fall 2017 will require three courses with lab work)
  • Four courses in English, including Grammar, Composition, Writing Skills, and Literature;
  • Two sequential one-year courses in either a Classical or Modern Foreign Language;
  • Two courses in Social Science, including one course in United States History;
  • Two elective courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)

These minimum requirements are set by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Massachusetts Maritime Academy considers applicants on the UMass sliding scale.

Admissions Committee
The Admissions Committee begins to review applications in the fall. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students interested in being considered as early action candidates must complete an application by November 1.

Application Process

Students interested in attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy are encouraged to apply Early Action.  Early Action applications and all supplemental documents must be received by November 1 for consideration.  An application is considered complete when the following items have all been received:

Application Official Transcripts: All schools attended
SAT/ACT Scores Two letters of recommendation
Essay Copy of Passport/Birth Certificate
Application fee ($50) Notification of Good Standing Form (Transfers)

Students applying EA will be notified prior to the holiday break in December of their appointment to the Academy or that they will be considered in our traditional rolling admissions pool.  Students being considered in the rolling admissions pool will be notified as soon as possible, upon completion of their application, as to MMA’s decision.  Students can be appointed, denied, wait-listed, accepted into MAPS, or given a conditional acceptance.

Students that are denied admission for the current application term and still interested in attending the Academy may consider our transfer option by clicking here

All students can track the status of their application online throughout the admissions process.

Students who are accepted, conditionally accepted, or accepted to the MAPS programs must submit their non-refundable $400 deposit no later than May 1.  After that date, those students yet to submit their deposit will forfeit their appointment.  At that time, wait listed students will be offered acceptance on a space availability basis.

Admissions Process Definitions are located here.

Candidates for admission must be willing to comply with the regulations of the Academy, which are designed to instill honor and responsibility. Candidates are admitted without regard to race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or national origin.

Physical Examination
Participation in the Regiment of Cadets is demanding mentally and physically. In general, illnesses or physical problems that would render the applicant unable to perform the regular duties of a cadet or officer of a ship at sea are disqualifying. Enrollment as a cadet is therefore contingent on the applicant being physically and mentally qualified. Accepted candidates are required to complete a physical examination by a physician of their choice and at their own expense. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy medical form required for this exam will be sent to the candidate by the Admissions Office and must be returned completed to the Director of Health Services. Service academy applicants may request a copy of their physical exam from DoDMERB, which will be forwarded to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in lieu of our medical form.

Candidates interested in serving as commissioned officers in the United States uniformed services are subject to certain minimum physical requirements. Additionally, candidates wishing to serve as officers in the United States Merchant Marine are subject to certain minimum physical requirements prescribed by the United States Coast Guard for licensing eligibility. Coast Guard regulations concerning the original licensing of Merchant Marine Officers require the applicant to have uncorrected vision of at least 20/100 in both eyes, correctable to at least 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye for Deck Officers. For Engineering Officers, uncorrected vision must be 20/100 in both eyes, correctable to at least 20/30 in one eye and 20/50 in the other. Inadequate color perception may disqualify an applicant for licensure. The vision of all cadets will be confirmed by the Academy. The Coast Guard routinely authorizes waivers of uncorrected vision up to 20/200 and will consider waivers for vision below that level.

Students With Disabilities
The Academy strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students or applicants who have questions or concerns with these issues should contact the Academy’s Disabilities Resource Officer.

Transfer Admissions
In order to view the transfer requirements, please click here.

*Students intending to major in Marine Transportation or Marine Engineering must anticipate spending at least three full years at the Academy, regardless of the amount of transfer credits accepted.

Student Status Policy
Guidelines regarding student status will be in effect for current and prospective students in order to ensure the clarity of a student's status within the Regiment of Cadets or as a non-regimental student.

License Requirements

The license requirements of the Degree/License program are governed by a number of external regulations: the Merchant Marine Training and Education Act of 1980; United States Coast Guard regulations for obtaining a Merchant Marine Officer’s license; the Maritime Administration’s regulations for State Maritime Academies found in Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations; and the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) promulgated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education admissions standards can be found by clicking here.

last updated 7-14-2015 by