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Graduate Program

Overview

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Master of Science in Marine Engineering program is designed for you, the engineering professional seeking graduate education that is relevant to your profession without the need to leave your employ or commute to a special site or campus.  Ending at the Master's level with the potential of continuing on for additional professional education, the MMarE program is a natural extension of undergraduate programs in Marine Engineering.  If your undergraduate education was not formally dedicated to Marine Engineering, the MMarE program can complete and enhance your education as a practicing marine engineer.

Goals of Program

The goals of the United States Merchant Marine Academy practice oriented Master of Science in Marine Engineering  program are to:

  • Establish graduate level education that will focus on issues typically encountered by mid level and senior level practicing marine engineers.
  • Encourage the world best and brightest marine engineers to enhance their marine engineering education.
  • Help the marine industry solve marine engineering problems.
  • Excite the minds of the students and their mentors as they undertake marine engineering research or innovative design projects.
  • Encourage young marine engineers to pursue careers in marine engineering education.

These goals are attained through the capitalization of the USMMA's extensive, qualified and diverse marine engineering faculty, and extensive laboratories that address all phases of marine engineering.

The Academy faculty is internationally recognized for their breadth and depth of marine engineering knowledge and their excellence in teaching and our laboratories cover the gamut from traditional test and analysis laboratories. Whereas the laboratories have been primarily used for undergraduate teaching, they are more than capable of supporting graduate level, applied research if MMarE students elect to undertake a research project as a part of an optional thesis course.

General Information

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of five Federal Academies and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Two of its three undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
To accomplish the goals and objectives of the engineering programs, the Engineering Department has 25 full-time tenure track faculty, a group of dedicated practicing engineers who serve as adjunct faculty, and more than 20 engineering laboratories and simulators focusing on all aspects of marine engineering including:
Diesel Prime-movers and Propulsion Systems
Gas Turbine Prime-movers and Propulsion Systems
Steam Turbine Prime-movers and Propulsion Systems
Nuclear Energy Converters and Propulsion Systems
Electrical Energy Converters and Propulsion Systems

Academic Program

The heart of the 36-credit MMarE program is a required 21 credits core consisting of the following seven courses:
EM610 Computational Methods
EM621 Advanced Marine Power Plants
EM622 Simulation and Optimization of Thermal Systems
EM623 Advanced Marine Materials
EM631 Electrical Power Systems
EM650 Internal Combustion Engine Analysis and Technologies
EM670 Marine Industry Policy

The student must augment this core with 15 credits of electives. Typical electives to be offered are:

EM620 Marine Propulsion Systems(1)
EM624 Vibrations of Marine Machinery and Structures
EM625 LNG Vessel Operations and Design Considerations
EM626 Marine Nuclear Propulsion
EM627 Alternative Marine Power Production
EM632 Power Electronics
EM633 Shipboard Control Systems
EM634 Marine Electrical Systems and Propulsion
EM640 Economics of Marine Engineering Systems
EM642 Reliability Engineering and Operations Research
EM645 Marine Engineering Management I
EM646 Marine Engineering Management II
EM660 Hydrostatics and Basic Hydrodynamics(1)
EM661 Propulsion and Propulsors Dr. John Daidola
EM680 Thesis/Design Project 1 (2)
EM681 Thesis/Design Project 2 (2)

(1) - 0nly for students who have not had formal education in marine engineering and/or naval architecture
(2) Faculty advisor/mentor for specific thesis/design projects will be selected from the Engineering Faculty at-large, depending on area of interest

Attempt will be made to offer electives that address the needs of the marine industry and of interest to the students. Specific elective course offerings will depend on student interest and availability of faculty. Individual student elective course selections will be determined after the student confers with the assigned faculty advisor. Not all electives will be available to each graduating class.

Course descriptions, necessary prerequisites for the above courses and a summary of faculty credentials and experience are available further on in this site.

Standard Six-Semester Program

First Semester

EM610, Computational Methods
EM650, I.C. Engine Analysis & New Technologies

Second Semester

EM631, Electrical Power Systems
EM621, Advanced Marine Power Plants

Third Semester

EM623, Advanced Marine Materials
EM622, Simulation and Optimization Thermal Systems

Fourth Semester

EM670, Marine Industry Policy
Elective 1

Fifth Semester

Elective 2
Elective 3

Sixth Semester

Elective 4
Elective 5

Six-Semester Program
(for Students Requiring ME/NA Prerequisites)

First Semester

EM610, Computational Methods
EM622, Marine Propulsion Systems (Elective 1)

Second Semester

EM631, Electrical Power Systems
EM660, Hydrostatics and Basic Hydrodynamics (Elective 2)

Third Semester

EM623, Advanced Marine Materials
EM650, I.C. Engine Analysis & New Technologies

Fourth Semester

EM670, Marine Industry Policy
EM621, Advanced Marine Power Plants

Fifth Semester

EM622, Simulation and Optimization Thermal Systems
Elective 3

Sixth Semester

Elective 4
Elective 5

Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Programs are intended to offer focused education to individuals with completed advanced degrees or those who want the advanced knowledge in special topics but do not want to fully commit to the full 36 credit MMarE program. Candidates for admission to a Graduate Certificate Program will follow the same admissions procedure as the candidates for the MMarE program and will be held to similar standards as the MMarE candidates. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in fields different from those of their intended certificate may be required to make up additional courses. At present, only one Graduate Certificate program is offered:

Electrical Power Graduate Certificate:

EM631, Electric Power Systems
EM632, Power Electronics and Applications
EM633, Control Theory and PLC Applications
EM634, Marine Electrical Systems and Propulsion

A Graduate Certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion (minimum G.P.A. of 3.0) for the prescribed 12 credits from the MMarE program.

Admission to a Graduate Certificate Program will be on space available basis. Applicants for the MMarE program will in most cases take precedence. 

Updated: Saturday, May 4, 2013