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Please note: International applicants are currently unable to apply using our online application. International applicants must complete the International Student Application by clicking the button above.

To complete the application process you will need to:
  • 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
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Admission Standards


Candidates for admission must be willing to comply with 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. Incoming students are required to submit medical forms (including a physical) to Health Services prior to Orientation.

Additionally, service academy applicants may request a copy of their physical exam from DoDMERB, which can be forwarded to MMA in lieu of our medical form.

Lastly, United States Merchant Marine contenders 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 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, Dr. Fran Tishkevich at (508) 830-5000 x 2208 or

License Requirements

The license requirements of the Degree/License programs 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).