Freshman Applicant Admissions Standards

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:

  • English: Four courses. Courses should cover topics including grammar, composition, writing skills, and literature.
  • Mathematics: Four courses, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or Trigonometry (or comparable coursework).  At least one course must be completed during the final year of high school.
  • Science: Three courses, drawn from natural science and/or physical science and/or technology/engineering.  At least three of these courses must include laboratory coursework. Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school. Courses in chemistry and physics are strongly recommended.
  • Social Science: Two courses, including one course in United States History.
  • Foreign Language: Two sequential, one-year courses in either a classical or modern language.
  • Elective Courses: Two courses, from the above subject areas or from the arts and humanities or computer sciences.

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 and/or ACT Scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Application fee ($50)

Please note that official test scores must be received from The College Board (SAT) or The ACT (ACT) in order to be considered for review.  Score requests can take between two to four weeks to arrive at MMA and be added to a student's application.  Failure to receive these items by the November 1 early action deadline will cause a student to be considered through our traditional rolling admissions pool.

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 appointeddeniedwait-listed, accepted into MAPS, or given a conditional acceptance.

Students electing to complete a post-graduate (PG) year in which they take additional college preparatory course work, or some college-level course work, offered through a non-college (ie. Prep School or similar program) will have that year added to their high school academic record and be reviewed accordingly.  Please note that it is highly recommended that students feeling they do not have a strong four year academic profile consider our transfer option over choosing to do a PG year.  All students will be given full consideration and a thorough review of their file will be completed once all documents have been received.

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 Application Process Definitions


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 must submit the Health Services medical packet which includes a physical examination by a health care provider of their choice and at their own expense.  

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

View Transfer Requirements

*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.