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Marine Systems Engineering – License Track, B.S.

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 10 semesters
Cost $13.478 In-State; $27.098 Out-of-State

The Marine Systems Engineering – License Track (MSE License Track) program teaches students how to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. If you are interested in how the world around you works or if you have ideas on how to improve the tools, appliances and machines we use, you already have the qualities needed to become an outstanding engineer. At Maine Maritime Academy, you will practice on real equipment, bringing theory to life.

The complete program takes five years, with the opportunity to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer’s License in the fourth year and for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination at the completion of the first semester of the fifth year. Students in this program may apply for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Engineering Operations after four years of study, with automatic eligibility to return to commence the fifth year within a three-year period after graduation.

Sea Time & Co-op Training

All candidates seeking a 3rd Assistant Engineer license from the U.S. Coast Guard are required to complete 180 sea-days of training. Sea time is accomplished through specialized laboratories, simulation, and three distinct training cruises. The Marine Systems Engineering License Track (5-yr) major is impacted by this training requirement. Scheduled during May and June for at least 60 days, training cruises typically include four domestic or foreign ports of call. Designed to develop practical skills required of a licensed seafaring officer, cruise activities directly involve students in the operation and direct maintenance of the ship.

Dynamic Career Options

Successful completion of the 5-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marine Systems Engineering – License Track, and prepares the graduate for a career as a sea-going merchant marine engineering officer, or in applied or design engineering, engineering consulting, or for a management position in maritime, industrial power, or general engineering fields. Graduates of Marine Systems Engineering – License Track are also well prepared to pursue advanced study at graduate school in numerous engineering disciplines.

MSE License Track (5-year)*

  • 5-year B.S. degree
  • USCG license
  • Regiment required
  • 1 co-op (maritime or non-maritime)
  • 3 training cruises
  • Career options in merchant seafaring or in maritime and mechanical engineering mechanical engineering fields
  • Excellent preparation for graduate schoo

Objectives of the Marine Systems Engineering Major

Three to five years after receiving a B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy, the typical Marine Systems
Engineering graduate is expected to:

  • Be competent and confident in his or her professional career and able to freely choose between
    graduate engineering education and design engineering careers.
  • Have demonstrated the professionalism, technical competence and versatility to be moving into
    positions of technical responsibility.
  • Recognize that his or her undergraduate education at Maine Maritime Academy has provided a solid
    basis for assuming technical responsibilities and opportunities for continued career development.
  • Understand the importance of social and ethical responsibilities in his or her engineering career.

 Outcomes of the Marine Systems Engineering Major

Students will demonstrate the following through the Marine Systems Engineering program of study at the

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Environmental protection technology
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Maritime security