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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy overview
Location Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Online maritime.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
Massachusetts Maritime Academy overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Massachusetts Maritime Academy, established in 1891, is a public college located on Cape Cod at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, approximately an hour's drive from Boston. Known for its regimented campus atmosphere and maritime-focused academic programs, the Academy provides a structured environment with an emphasis on experiential learning. It offers a range of undergraduate degrees primarily in the fields of marine engineering, marine safety and environmental protection, international maritime business, and emergency management, among others. The Academy also provides graduate-level programs, including a Master of Science in Emergency Management. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is moderately selective in its admissions process. Although not primarily recognized for athletics, the institution does compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) under the team name Buccaneers. On-campus housing is a significant aspect of student life at the Academy, with a majority of students residing in the barracks-style dormitories, which align with the disciplined and maritime-centric lifestyle that defines the institution.

In the most recent statistical year 1,028 prospective students applied, and 919 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 317 enrolled in the school.  1,392 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 33 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $1,994 plus fees of $8,640. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is ranked 338 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Massachusetts Maritime Academy is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Massachusetts Maritime Academy overview
SAT 1030/1185
ACT 20/28
GPA 3.25

Applications Accepted

Massachusetts Maritime Academy overview
Applications Due Apr 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$8,640
Room and Board $14,428
Budget for Other Expenses$4,310
Total One Year Cost$30,872

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$8,640
Room and Board $14,428
Budget for Other Expenses$4,310
Total One Year Cost$44,760

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$87,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

65% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Massachusetts Maritime Academy students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 47%
Transportation and Materials Moving 21%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 13%
Business 11%
Natural Resources Conservation 9%

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