5 thoughts on “Is it still a four year program at a maritime academy if you already have a bachelor’s degree?

  • May 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    Depends what you are going for and what the existing degree is in, but probably yes.

    Here in the UK, it’s a three year foundation degree or HND program to obtain a first Officer CoC, unless you are going for a engineering ticket and have a relevant degree or experience, in which case it puts it down to nearer 18 months at the least.

    Long story is that much of the required material is completely unrelated to most other degrees so there isn’t significant crossover.

    You can always ask at the academy in question for a more definite answer.

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    You can do one of the Masters Degree Programs at SUNY Maritime. That will take about 2 years (two 90 day summer cruises) That will be for a 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. SUNY also has a 2 year associates degree program for a 1600 Ton Mates license.

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    In the US, it could potentially be shortened to a 3 year program if you have all of your gen ed classes done. It will still take some time because of international/national requirements to get a license, no matter if you want to go deck or engine.

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    You used to be able to skip the general education stuff and get it done in three years, but I know some schools (CMA for example) have done away with that to boost revenue (which is terrible, yes). Best thing you can do is call them up and find out.

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    PMI in Seattle also has a 2 year work boat program that allows you to get on with a company to work and go to classes while on your offtime.

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