Freshman Applicants

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, candidates must be capable of college-level study and meet the minimum requirements below:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Mathematics: Including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or Trigonometry (or comparable coursework). At least one course must be completed during senior year
  • 3 years of Science: At least three of these courses must include labs. 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
  • 2 years of Social Science: Including one course in United States History
  • 2 years of Foreign Language: Two sequential, one-year courses in either a classical or modern language. *Waivers are available under certain circumstances.
  • 2 Elective Courses

Test Requirements

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing across the country, the submission of SAT or ACT scores will be optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 will have the option to submit test scores or not. For more information, please review our Test Optional Policy.

If you do choose to submit your standardized test scores, you must submit official test scores from either The College Board (SAT) or The ACT (ACT). When taking the exam, have your scores sent directly to MMA. Please note, score requests can take between 2-4 weeks to be delivered and added to a student's application. 

Average SAT Score: 1050-1100 (SAT Code: 3515)
Average ACT Score: 22-23 (ACT Code: 1856)

Admissions Process

The Admissions Committee begins to review applications in the fall. Students can either apply Early Action or apply in our regular 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 accepted, denied, wait-listed, accepted into MAPS, or given a conditional acceptance.

An application is considered complete when the following items have all been received:
  • Complete the online application on our website and submit the $50 application fee 
  • Request official high school transcripts 
  • Attach your essay (minimum 300 words discussing the most important reasons for selecting MMA as a possible college for you or on a subject of your choice). After you submit your application, this can be uploaded and attached as a PDF file.
  • Send two letters of recommendation - Recommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.). Please send as a PDF file.
  • Optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 Applicants: Send official standardized test scores (SAT, ACT)

All supplemental items can be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to the following address:

Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
Office of Admissions
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Students that are denied admission for the current application term, and are still interested in attending the Academy, must complete our transfer process. For more information click here.  

Students who are accepted, conditionally accepted, or accepted to the MAPS programs, must submit their non-refundable $400 enrollment fee by May 1. After this date, wait -listed students will be offered acceptance based on a space availability basis.

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