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Traditionally, SUNY Maritime graduates have among the highest starting and mid-career salaries of any college in the nation. Nearly all of them are employed in their field within three months of graduation.

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About Maritime
SUNY Maritime emphasizes combining classroom learning with real-world experience through internships and research to ensure students get the best of both worlds. A small graduate program means students get to know their faculty and have the time and attention they need to develop specialties and personal interests in their field of study.

Faculty and College alumni are well connected in the maritime industry as experts and industry leaders. Upon graduation, SUNY Maritime students join a network of talented professionals ready to meet the demands of a changing industry.

The 55-acre campus is on the shores of the Long Island Sound, 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. 

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The College has two graduate programs and several certificate programs. A relatively small graduate student population ensures that students can pursue studies of interest to them and get personalized attention and advice from professors.

Both programs position graduates well to advance in their careers and become leaders in their fields. 

Master of Science in International Transportation Management (ITM)
This 34-credit program is designed for students interested in a career in international business, especially in transportation and trade. Courses are offered online and on campus. Program requirements are updated and examined to respond to changes in the maritime industry and global business practices. Subjects include economics, insurance, law, and port operations. 

Students may design a program tailored to their needs and interests or follow one of five tracks: Business of Shipping, Global Transportation Security, International Logistics, Marine Insurance, or Research in International Logistics and Shipping. Additionally, two certificates are also available.

International Chartering Parties (ASBA) Certificate
In conjunction with the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA), SUNY Maritime offers certification ininternational ship chartering for six credit hours (standalone or within the 34-credit ITM program) of course work. As a widely respected industry standard, the ASBA International Charter Parties Certificate is a significant advantage for students pursuing brokerage careers.

Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management
Job growth in supply chain management has been steadily rising for a decade. For 21 credit hours (standalone) or an additional six credit hours in conjunction with the ITM program (for a total of 40 credit hours), you can earn your certificate and increase employer appeal in a rapidly expanding industry. 

US Coast Guard License Program
The US Coast Guard Deck License requires an additional 62 credit hours. Upon successful completion of the licensing exam, students earn a third mate merchant marine unlimited license. Course work for the license cannot be completed online and usually demands full-time study. Membership in the regiment of cadets is mandatory.

Master of Science in Maritime and Naval Studies
The master’s degree in Maritime and Naval Studies is a multidisciplinary curriculum focusing on maritime and naval history, art, literature, transportation, and environmental policy. The program consists of 31 credit hours. 

Offered in a combination of online and on-campus courses, it is designed for professionals who work on shore or at sea. It can be completed in as few as three semesters. Beyond the four core courses, the program includes a wide variety of electives that allow students to tailor their studies to their interests and career goals. Students can focus on naval history and politics, archival research and scholarly work, the business of shipping and trade, or literature and the sea’s place in international arts culture.

Students may also earn a US Coast Guard deck license (for 62 additional credits in a minimum of three years).

Cost (2018–2019)
Per-credit tuition at SUNY Maritime starts at approximately $450 for in-state students. 

Reduced tuition rates
Reduced tuition is offered to several in-region states. The region includes Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Additionally, non–New York State residents pursuing online course work will receive a reduced online tuition rate of $543 per credit or $6,520 per semester of full-time study.

How to apply

The application process is competitive and requires an application, a personal essay, and official transcripts. The International Transportation Management program also requires two letters of recommendation and a résumé.

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10 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Business-Management, MS/MA              
International Business              
International Trade              
Supply Chain Management                
Transportation Eng/Mgmt                


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