Application Steps

International Freshmen Admission Process


Massachusetts Maritime Academy accepts two different types of applications for first-year admission --  the Common Application, and our own institutional application --  but an applicant should submit only one of these. The Academy does not have a preference for one application over the others; both of these application types will receive equal consideration in our admission process. 

If you apply using the Common App, shortly after you submit you will receive an email containing information on how to activate your Maritime application account. This portal will display the status for all required supporting documentation for your application, as well as, your admissions decision.


Our application

The common application


  • If applying using our institutional application, complete the application by filling out all the required fields and submit the $50 application fee. 

  • If applying using the Common App, add Massachusetts Maritime Academy to your college list. Be sure to invite recommenders and counselors, complete the required questions for Mass Maritime and add your counselor. Review your application and submit the $50 application fee.

  • Upload your essay

    • If applying through the Common App you do not need to submit an additional essay

    • If applying through our website, once you submit your application, you can upload your essay as a PDF.  We will accept an essay on any subject of your choice with a 300 word minimum. Still unsure? Discuss the most important reasons for selecting the Academy as a possible college for you!

  • Send one letter of recommendation - Recommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.)

  • Photocopy of the name page in your passport and any previous US visas (if applicable)

  • All transcripts and/or diplomas must be translated into English and and the American Credit System by a certified evaluation company. Commonly used services for educational evaluations are: 

  • Official standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)

    • Submission of ACT or SAT will be optional for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 applicants. For more information, please review our Test Optional Policy.

  • Submit test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    • TOEFL: School code 3515, Paper-based 530, Internet-based 75

    • IELTS: 6.0 Band score

    • Duolingo: Minimum score 100

    • Note: International students whose country of origin has English as the official language may be exempt from submitting test scores

  • Lastly, please be aware that if you are seeking an F-1 Visa that you will be required to submit an Affidavit of Financial Support. Please contact with any questions or concerns.


How to submit your documents

Documents can be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to the following address:

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


Apply Now

Applying Early Action this year comes with some clear and tangible benefits.You’ll hear back from us before the Holidays, and you’ll be considered for all available scholarships. Students applying after our priority deadline are not guaranteed scholarship consideration.
Your next steps are:
  1. Review our deadlines and updated required materials. For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is test-optional and does not require standardized testing to complete an application for admission.
  2. Create anAdmissions account to apply.
  3. Submit your application and send the needed accompanying documents.