2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 20,100
Foreign students
USD 46,260
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Small Vessel Operations major represents years one and two of the Vessel Operations and Technology (VOT) program. The VOT program is organized in a two-plus-two format offering a two-year Associate of Science degree in Small Vessel Operations and a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Vessel Operations and Technology. The Vessel Operations and Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions of responsibility in the operation and management of a variety of private and commercial vessels. Students in the Small Vessel Operations program pursue four academic semesters, plus a cooperative work experience during the summer following the first year, leading to an Associate of Science degree. A student completing the A.S. degree requisites and an appropriate cooperative work experience, and meeting the applicable U.S. Coast Guard requirements, may be eligible to sit for the USCG examination for a license as mate of vessels not more than 200 tons, operating in near-coastal waters, up to 200 miles offshore.

Entry Requirements

Requirements of all international applicants whose native language is not English.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum score required for admissions consideration: 550 on the paper-based test (PBT), 215 on the computer-based test (CBT), or an 80 on the internet-based test (iBT).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)- Only the academic format is acceptable and a minimum score of 6.5 is required.
  • The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant is currently enrolled in full-time studies in the United States and will have completed two academic years of coursework in the United States immediately prior to enrolling at Maine Maritime.
  • The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for non-native English-speaking applicants who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction.