Transfer student admission process
Our Admissions team works closely with community colleges to ensure that students interested in the Academy stay on course to satisfy transfer requirements and maximize transferable credits. Transfer students are considered for admission for both the spring and fall terms, however, Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Energy Systems Engineering are only available for the fall term. Energy Systems Engineering is our most competitive major and has limited space available. Students interested in Energy System Engineering are strongly encouraged to apply well before the fall transfer application priority deadline of February 15.
Students who transfer as regimental students for the spring semester will attend a new student orientation one week prior to the start of classes in early March. All transfer students (both spring and fall admits) who are members of the regiment will be required to complete the two week first year orientation in mid- August.
|Majors considered for transfer students by term||Fall||Spring|
|Energy Systems Engineering||X|
|International Maritime Business||X||X|
|Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection||X|
Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers transfer options for students matriculating from other colleges with eligible credits. All articulation agreements are currently under review and are in the process of being updated. Contact the Admissions office for information on transferable credit.
- Framingham State
- Bristol Community College
- Cape Cod Community College
- UMass Law
- STEM Transfer Academy
All transfer students must apply to the Academy using our institutional application. Start by clicking the button below to create an account. Once completed, you can start a new application right from your portal!
Complete the online application and submit the $50 application fee.
Upload your personal essay
We will accept an essay on any subject of your choice. Still unsure? Write 300 words discussing the most important reasons for selecting Mass Maritime as a possible college for you.
Send two letters of recommendation - Recommendations can come from any source who is not a relative (i.e. coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.).
Request official high school transcript (required for students who have not completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and must include graduation date)
Request official college transcript(s)
Submit official SAT/ACT scores (Applicants for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 transferring less than 3 years post high school graduation may apply under our Test Optional Policy)
How to submit your documents
Documents can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or mailed to the following address:
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Office of Admissions
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Admissions will continue to accept and review applications on a rolling basis, but students applying after our priority deadline are not guaranteed scholarship consideration.
We will reward you for your academic success! The following scholarships are available for transfer students. No additional application is required for these scholarships and decisions are made based on credentials at the time the student is admitted. Additionally, submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is strongly suggested for all students in order to be considered for need based aid.
This scholarship is a renewable award. It is based on 24 college credits completed at your most recent institution and a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Award amounts range from $4,000 - $15,000 depending upon your residency. Priority is given to those students who apply for admission by February 15th.This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student does not maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, any future receipt of the award is forfeited.
This scholarship is a renewable award. It is based on 24 college credits completed at your most recent institution and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Award amounts range from $3,000 - $10,000 depending upon your residency. Priority is given to those students who apply for admission by February 15th.This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student does not maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, any future receipt of the award is forfeited.
Students submit their application and all supporting documents by November 15th to be considered for EA. A student will be notified prior to the holiday break in December of appointment to the Academy or that their application is being considered in our rolling admissions pool. EA is a non-binding agreement. Freshman applicants with serious interest in the Academy are strongly encouraged to apply EA.
Students not applying/considered for Early Action will be reviewed in our rolling admissions pool. Rolling admissions means that we will be accepting applications as long as spaces are available and will close once the class has been filled.
MAPS (Maritime Academy Preparatory Seminar)
Students accepted into the MAPS program must successfully complete the seminar in order to gain full appointment to the Academy. MAPS runs for two weeks in the beginning of August (prior to orientation) and will help prepare students in the areas of college math and college writing. There is an additional out-of-pocket cost for the MAPS program.
Students who are offered a conditional acceptance will be considered appointed to the Academy but must satisfy specific conditions to gain full appointment. Please be sure to read carefully any conditions placed on your admission to understand how to gain full appointment. All students are subject to conditional admission for the successful completion of any course work currently in progress.
Students that are denied as entering freshman, or that have already attended another accredited college or university, may explore our transfer option. A student with completion of 12 transferable credits, or if not entering the Academy directly out of high school, must meet the aforementioned criteria. Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and must have the following coursework within their transfer credit records to be considered for admission:
- College-level English, College-level Math, and Chemistry I with a lab.
A student is denied admission to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and may be considered as a transfer for a future term. Students can also request a meeting with a counselor to outline a path to better prepare them for future acceptance.
Any student who wishes to enroll at Massachusetts Maritime Academy upon receipt of an acceptance is required to submit a non-refundable $400 enrollment fee. This will confirm their place in the incoming class. Payments must be received no later than May 1st to guarantee a student’s enrollment. Students who do not reply by May 1st will forfeit their appointment to the Academy and it will be offered to a student on the wait-list on a space availability basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, our cadets do not have a service obligation. However, commissioning options are available for those that are interested.
Yes, all students participate in the Regiment which requires them to wear a uniform every day. There are some exceptions specifically among our transfer students.
We offer 7 undergraduate majors, 9 minors and 3 concentrations.
If you are a prospective student, we do offer the chance to visit our campus and shadow one of our freshman cadets for a day during our spring term (March-May). Please email email@example.com for more information.
Students within our Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation programs participate in sea term all 4 years they are here. Facilities Engineering students complete one sea term during their first year. Additionally, all first year students will spend a short time on the ship as a part of orientation.
There are several exchange programs available within certain majors. Other opportunities may be coordinated on an individual basis. Sea term and experiential learning trips are often abroad.
Yes, we have a Career Services department on campus that assists current students with finding internships and full time jobs. We host a highly attended career fair each semester where students have the opportunity to meet and interview with potential employers.
Similar to many colleges, our students pursue a variety of post graduate careers. Many students work in the maritime industry on land, or at sea, while others pursue non-maritime related careers. Students may continue their education in a graduate program at the Academy, or elsewhere. About 10% of our graduates each year pursue military service.
Yes, all of our academic programs follow a “Learn, Do, Learn” philosophy. This means that hands-on/experiential learning is a required part of all of our programs. Students can still expect to spend time in the classroom, but will also have the opportunity to apply knowledge through hands-on work on/off campus.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a drug, alcohol and tobacco free campus. Cadets are subject to random drug testing throughout their 4 years on campus.