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Marine Operations

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost In-State $14,035.50;In-Region $16,865.50;Out-of-Region $19,930.50;International $20,587.95

As a Marine Operations major, students will learn about the business of shipping from the fleet operations perspective – how to manage and maintain a company’s fleet of ships – as well as how to sail, power and navigate a commercial vessel.

The program is designed to combine business, humanities courses and basic engineering concepts to provide the skills and knowledge needed to work on a vessel and in the maritime industry.

Academic Program

The Marine Operations program is designed to give students real-world insight and expertise into the business of shipping.

Marine Operations courses include economics, physics, transportation systems, and other business courses.

In choosing to study Marine Operations, students will also pursue a U.S. Coast Guard license.

If students are interested in powering a vessel and operating and maintaining its related systems, they should pursue a U.S. Coast Guard third assistant engineer, or engine, license.

Students interested in navigation, cargo handling and other ship systems may pursue a U.S. Coast Guard third mate, or deck license.

Whichever license students choose to pursue, they will gain basic knowledge and skills by taking classes in the other license program. This will allow students to understand both sides of a ship's operations and be better prepared to succeed in their career after graduation.

Structural components
Ship training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law