4 thoughts on “If I just Finished my Undergrad, should I think about going to a Maritime Academy?

  • June 26, 2020 at 2:20 am
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    I’m a senior at mass maritime right now, shoot me a PM if you want. It’s not cal, but all the academies are similar enough (id like to think)

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  • June 26, 2020 at 2:20 am
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    You sound like me! I went back to school at 28 after working in the harbor for ten years and earning my 500-Ton/MoT/AB Unlimited. My original plan was to pursue an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Google it. Fascinating field of study and more in demand every year!) because I thought it would be the perfect degree to pair with my licenses and experience.

    While wrapping up my undergrad at CSU Long Beach, I discovered that CMA offers an MS in Transportation Management. After comparing the prices of the MS in Management at CMA and the MS in I/O Psych at CSU Long Beach, plus factoring in that the CMA program is online while the CSULB program is only brick and mortar, I applied to CMA. I’ll always have an interest in I/O Psych, and may go back for a degree in it later in life just for fun, but the CMA program is half the cost of the one at CSULB and the fact that it’s online gives me the flexibility to pursue more work opportunities than I would if I were attending daytime classes in person. For what it’s worth, CMA also offers MS programs in Engineering Mgmt and Humanitarian Disaster Relief.

    Long story short, I start my MS at CMA this August. If all goes well, I should have my 1,600-Ton and an MS degree by 2022, and then I’ll see what opportunities are open to me.

    EDIT: Investing in oneself is never, ever a bad idea. Go for it.

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  • June 26, 2020 at 2:20 am
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    Most, if not all of the maritime academies have Grad. programs. If you don’t want another degree, there are several apprenticeship programs out there that are 2 years and will get you a license.

    Have you considered deck, engine or steward? What kind of vessels and routes you want to work on?

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  • June 26, 2020 at 2:20 am
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    Do you want to be a deck or engine officer? Your options change depending on which route you plan to take.

    – If you are unsure on which route, go to an academy

    – If Engine, you can go to an academy and pursue either another undergrad (I am not aware of a graduate program for an engine license, do your research double check). You can also go to a training facility (S.T.A.R center located in Florida).

    – If Deck, you can go to an academy and pursue an undergrad or grad degree. There is also a program through MITAGs that awards a license (no degree).

    The STAR and MITAG programs are both 2-year programs. So Academy or Training facility pick your poison and good luck.

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