Undergraduate Admissions

A unique learning experience

There are five student types at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Find the one that best fits you and learn more about applying.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy provides a unique learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. We invite you to review the process, requirements and application deadlines for our five entry options.

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Five students types

First Year

First year applicants attend straight from high school. Transfer requirements apply for gap year, military, or enrolled at other college. NOTE: A student not entering the Academy directly out of high school, must apply and meet our transfer requirements ( i.e gap year, military veteran, currently and/or prior enrolled at another college/university) .

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You are considered a transfer student if you have been enrolled into another college/university, took a gap year, or military service.

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You are considered international if you have been educated outside the United States and will submit international educational credentials as part of your application, and/or you are or will have F-1 or J-1 visa status.

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You are considered returning if you were previously enrolled as a Cadet and have not been absent from the Academy for more than one year.

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You are considered a military applicant if you are a veteran, reservist, or National Guard member.

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You have two options! You can apply using our institutional application on our website or via the Common App. International students must apply via the Common App!

Your personal essay can be uploaded directly to your application portal after you have submitted your application. Official high school transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your high school via email (preferred), mail, Parchment or Naviance. If you plan to submit test scores, official 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.

Yes! If you are applying for Spring 2024 or Fall 2024, you will have the option to apply with or without the ACT or SAT. For more information, please review our Test Optional Policy.

We do offer fee waiver codes for our application. Please contact Admissions at (800) 544-3411 or admissions@maritime.edu for more information.

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.

We require 1 letter of recommendation to complete an application, however, you can submit up to 3 letters to be uploaded to your file.

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.

Yes, we require 2 consecutive years of foreign language in high school. Waivers may be available in certain circumstances.

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.

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. (Obtaining a license as a 3rd mate or 3rd engineer is a Coast Guard requirement for graduation from the Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering majors. There are some medical conditions that prevent the Coast Guard from granting a medical certificate, which is needed to obtain a license. More information regarding disqualifying medical conditions can be found in the Merchant Mariner Medical Manual or by calling MMA Health Services or MMA Mariner Credentialing.) Students can also expect to participate in PT as cadets and during orientation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can submit your $400 refundable enrollment deposit online, or if paying by check, please make it out to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and note the student ID number in the memo portion. These can be mailed to Admissions.

Written requests for deferment can be sent to Admissions, (admissions@maritime.edu). These are handled on a case-by-case basis.