FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

General

  • Do I have to join the military?
    • No, our cadets do not have a service obligation. However, commissioning options are available for those that are interested.
  • Do I have to wear a uniform?
    • Yes, all students participate in the Regiment which requires them to wear a uniform every day. There are some exceptions specifically among our Transfer Students.
  • What majors are available?
    • We offer 7 undergraduate majors, 9 minors and 3 concentrations. Our degrees and programs page has more information. 
  • Does MMA offer the opportunity to shadow current students?
    • We do offer the chance to visit our campus and shadow one of our Freshman cadets for a day. Please email admissions@maritime.edu for more information.
  • Do I have to go on the ship?
    • Students within our Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation programs participate in Sea Term all 4 years they are here. Facilities Engineering students complete one Sea Term during their first year. Additionally, all first year students will spend a short time on the ship as a part of orientation.
  • Is study abroad available?
    • There are several exchange programs available within certain majors. Other opportunities may be coordinated on an individual basis. Sea term and experiential learning trips are often abroad.
  • Is career counseling available to help find a job after graduation?
    • Yes, we have a Career Services department on campus that assists current students with finding internships and full time jobs. We host a highly attended Career Fair each semester where students have the opportunity to meet and interview with potential employers.
  • What do students do after they graduate?
    • Similar to many colleges, our students pursue a variety of post graduate careers. Many students work in the maritime industry on land, or at sea, while others pursue non-maritime related careers. Students may continue their education in a graduate program at MMA, or elsewhere. About 10% of our graduates each year pursue military service.
  • Is it true that your programs are hands on?
    • Yes, all of our academic programs follow a “Learn, Do, Learn” philosophy. This means that hands-on/experiential learning is a required part of all of our programs. Students can still expect to spend time in the classroom, but will also have the opportunity to apply knowledge through hands-on work on/off campus.
  • What are MMA’s policies regarding drugs and alcohol?
    • MMA is a drug, alcohol and tobacco free campus. Cadets are subject to random drug testing throughout their 4 years on campus.
  • Are open houses offered during the fall/spring?
    • Yes, we offer a variety of open houses throughout the year. Upcoming dates and more information can be found by clicking on the "Register for an event" button on our Visitor's page.

 

Applying to MMA

  • Paying the application fee is a hardship for my family, can I get a waiver?
    • We do offer fee waiver codes for our application. Please contact our Admissions office at (800) 544-3411 for more information.
  • How do I submit supplemental documents for my application?
    • Your personal essay can be uploaded directly to your application portal after you have submitted your application. Letters of recommendation can be requested via your application, or emailed directly to Admissions. Official high school transcripts should be submitted directly by your high school via email (preferred) or mail. Official test scores should be requested/sent via College Board or ACT.
    • Email (preferred): admissions@maritime.edu.
    • Mail: Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Attn: Admissions, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
  • Do you super score test scores?
    • Yes, we super score SAT’s; meaning if you take the test multiple times, we will take your highest individual subject scores and combine them to give you the highest overall score.
  • Can I submit more than 2 letters of recommendation?
    • We require 2 letters of recommendation to complete an application, however, you can submit up to 3 letters to be uploaded to your file.
  • What does my application essay need to be written about?
    • Your essay should be, at minimum 300 words, discussing the most important reasons for wanting to attend Mass Maritime. However, if there is another topic you feel strongly about writing on, you are more than welcome to do so.
  • Is foreign language required for admission?
    • Yes, we require 2 consecutive years of foreign language in high school. Waivers may be available in certain circumstances.
  • How do I monitor the status of my application online?
    • Your application status can be checked through your application portal. It will show in real time once a supplemental document has been received and uploaded to your application. Once all items have been received, your application will be marked as completed and will be moved to a counselor for review.
  • Are there any physical requirements?
    • No, we do not require a test of physical ability as part of admission. If applying to a Coast Guard licensing program there may be some requirements for licensing. Students can also expect to participate in PT as cadets and during orientation.
  • When will I be notified about my admission decision?
    • If you complete your application for Early Action, you will receive your decision by holiday break. Otherwise, you can expect to receive a decision within approximately 2 weeks of completing the application.
  • Do I apply to a specific major or can I apply undecided?
    • Students are not able to apply undecided. When submitting an application, you will need to select a 1st and 2nd choice major. You will be reviewed for your 1st choice major, and pending academic qualifications and space availability, you may be then admitted to your 2nd choice major.
  • Are interviews required for the admission process?
    • No, interviews are not required unless specifically requested. If you would like to meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your application, or ask questions, you may request one by emailing admissions@maritime.edu.
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    • Yes, we offer merit and need based scholarships to incoming students. These do not require an additional application. You will be reviewed and awarded these scholarships as part of your application to the Academy. Additional scholarships/grants may be awarded through Financial Aid, and if eligible, you will be notified.
  • How can I submit my enrollment deposit?
    • You can submit your $400 non-refundable enrollment fee online, or if paying by check, please make it out to MMA and note the student ID number in the memo portion. These can be mailed to Admissions at 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
  • May I defer my admission once admitted?
    • Written requests for deferment can be sent to the Director of Admissions, Josh Tefft (jtefft@maritime.edu). These are handled on a case-by-case basis.

 

Admitted Students

  • Do I have to live on campus?
    • Yes, our students are generally required to live on campus. There may be circumstances that allow students to live off campus, particularly among transfer students.
  • Can I have a car on campus?
    • First- year students cannot have a car on campus. Some off-campus parking lots are available near campus, however, they are not monitored by MMA. 
  • Can I switch majors once I’m on campus?
    • Yes, this is most easily done during freshman year and can be easier, or more difficult, depending on your major. For example, switching into a license track major is more difficult than switching out of one.
  • I would like to change the major that I was accepted into, is that possible?
    • Written requests for change of major prior to enrollment can be sent to the Director of Admissions, Josh Tefft (jtefft@maritime.edu).
  • I live out-of-state, how do I schedule my off-site Accuplacer exam?
  • I live out-of-state, how do I complete my uniform fitting?
    • If you live outside of New England, there is an option for you to submit an online measurement form. Any questions should be directed to the MMA Bookstore at 508-830-6488.
  • How do I pay for my sea bag?
    • All payments/questions related to the sea bag should be directed to the MMA Bookstore at 508-830-6488.
  • Do I need a passport?
    • Yes, all incoming freshman should plan to have a passport by November at the latest. The turnaround time for processing is typically 6-8 weeks so plan accordingly.

 

Parents

  • What are the most important events for me to attend as a parent of an incoming freshman?
    • Two significant events for freshman are Orientation Graduation and Freshman Recognition. Concluding the two-week mandatory orientation in August is Orientation Graduation which is a ceremony that includes a marching competition followed by awards and the cadet candidate oath. Additionally, freshman are free to leave with their parents for the weekend (if applicable). Freshman Recognition occurs during Homecoming weekend. This is when the Cadet Candidates will have completed all necessary assignments to finally be recognized as Fourth Class (4/C) Cadets.
  • Can I see my son/daughter during orientation?
    • No, Orientation is focused on transitioning cadets to life at Mass Maritime, as well as, team building exercises with their fellow classmates. That being said, communication with people off campus is limited to allow the experience to be all encompassing and to limit distractions. Communication is limited to help reduce home sickness as cadets adjust to life on campus.
  • I’m booking travel plans, when will my son/daughter be home for break?
    • Freshman, regardless of when their last exam is during finals week, are required to stay on campus until the last day of exams to assist with cleaning out of the dorms. Please plan accordingly by referring to our Academic Calendar for specific dates. Additionally, students may have a mandatory Holiday Watch so please be sure to check with him/her. 
  • How do I send mail to my son/daughter?
    • All mail can be sent to the main campus address. Once he/she is assigned to a company, you need to include this next to his/her name. 

 

School Counselors

  • Can I schedule a group visit?
    • Yes! We would love to host your students and provide a tour of our campus. Please email Dione Eaton (deaton@maritime.edu) to arrange a visit.
  • Can I visit campus as a counselor to learn more?
    • Yes, you are more than welcome to hop on one of our daily campus tours. Please call/email our office so that we can add you to the schedule. Additionally, we offer counselor overnight visits during the summer.
  • How do I submit my student’s transcript, or other documents?
    • You can email documents to admissions@maritime.edu (preferred), or via mail. Please note, we are not integrated with Naviance.
  • My student is on free/reduced lunch, can he/she receive an application fee waiver?
    • Yes, please contact our Admissions office at (800) 544-3411 for more information.