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:
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.
Admission to the Academy is based upon a complete evaluation of a candidate’s academic record, testing information, including SAT or ACT, letters of recommendation, extracurricular and community activities, and leadership potential. A personal interview is highly recommended as part of the admission process.
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.
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 offi cers 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 confi rmed 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.
Applications for admission from students wishing to transfer to MMA from other accredited institutions of higher education will be given full consideration. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Registrar. The amount of credit awarded will be on a course-by-course basis depending on applicability to the Academy curriculum.
Applicants who transfer from Massachusetts community colleges should read carefully the information in the transfer compact agreed to by the Board of Department of Higher Education and the representatives of the 29 public colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
Students considering a transfer to the Academy should obtain information on the process from the Director of Admissions as early as possible during the academic year prior to the one in which they intend to enroll.
Students transferring into the regiment for a spring semester must meet the transfer guidelines as outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and will be required to participate in freshman Orientation. 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.
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.
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