Master of Science in Maritime Systems

The Maritime Systems Master's Degree program has been organized to provide today's students with a graduate education in the areas of maritime industry, engineering, and management activities to stimulate and enhance their capacity for success.  There are six areas ("Tracks") of emphasis for students to develop their knowledge and capabilities including studies focused on environmental issues, management disciplines, marine transportation, security operations and technologies, maritime structures, and systems engineering.

A Diverse Student Body

The Master's Program encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, including (but not limited to) engineering, ocean sciences, environmental science, business and management.  Research is conducted to find new and innovative technologies and processes to strengthen and improve maritime commerce in each of the program areas.

Each graduate student will meet with the Maritime Systems Program Director, Professor Thomas Wakeman, to discuss professional objectives and to draft an initial Study Plan that matches the student's background, experience and interests.  The Study Plan will be finalized by the Track Program Advisor, whom is responsible to ensure that the student's activities will satisfy the formal academic requirements for the master's degree. 

Core Curriculum and Tracks

All students in the program must complete ten courses comprised of five core courses and five elective courses selected from one of the six engineering and management tracks listed below. The student, with the assistance of the Track Program Advisor and approval of the Program Director, may design a customized track. Up to six credits may be applied towards a research project and thesis preparation relevant to the selected track in lieu of two elective courses (six credits).  The Program Advisor for each track will determined the specific research requirements for a thesis on an individual basis depending on the student's educational background and work experience.  Students may need to complete prerequisites.

Core Courses:

  • OE 501 Oceanography
  • OE 505 Introduction to Maritime Systems
  • OE 610 Marine Transportation
  • OE 612 Environmental Issues in Maritime Systems
  • OE 614 Economic Issues in Maritime Systems

Maritime Security Track

This track introduces students to international and national security and safety issues of importance to vessel owners and operators, marine facility management, Port Authorities and other government and military entities.  Risk-based analyses are performed to assess concerns related to vessel and shore labor practices, navigational security and safety including cargo (e.g., oil spills) and vessel traffic (e.g., collisions) movements, marine domain awareness, sensor technologies, and application of acoustic and electromagnetic technology in the areas of piracy, terrorism and crime. The courses for this track are:

  • OE 529 Maritime Safety and Security
  • OE 560 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • OE 628 Technologies for Maritime Security
  • OE 626 Port Planning and Development
  • OE 629 Advanced Maritime Security

Maritime System Engineering Track

This program provides the participant with a fundamental working knowledge of the principles of systems engineering and systems architecture and applies these to the key issues facing the evolving maritime transportation system.  The courses for this track are:

  • EM 612 Project Management of Complex Systems
  • SYS 605 Systems Integration
  • SYS 625 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 650 System Architecture and Design
  • OE 626 Port Planning and Development

Maritime Environment Track

This concentration offers the opportunity to pursue advanced study of the environmental issues and sustainability challenges facing the marine transportation industry and associated business and urban communities. Students acquire the skills to address complex engineering problems associated with pollution prevention, waste management, and environmental compatibility in design, construction, maintenance and operations.   The courses for this track are:

  • EN 545 Environmental Impact Analysis and Planning
  • EN 549 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
  • EN 587 Environmental Law and Management
  • EN 618 HAZMAT Spill Response Planning
  • OE 684 Mixing Processes in Inland and Coastal Waters

Maritime Management Track

This concentration provides instruction in key management areas associated with port and marine transportation industries. Students acquire knowledge of the complex global supply chains and the economic environment in which today's port operators and shippers must compete. Experienced management professionals provide relevant analysis tools and management strategies taken from the maritime industry.  The courses for this track are: 

  • MGT 607 Managerial Economics
  • MGT 609 Project Management Fundamentals
  • MGT 630 Global Business and Markets
  • MGT 641 Marketing Management
  • MGT 650 International Business Management
  • MGT 680 Organizational Behavior and Theory

Maritime Transportation Track  

This concentration provides instruction in an array of knowledge areas relevant to safe, efficient and effective waterborne transport.  Naval architecture has been a key focus of Stevens' Davidson Laboratory since its founding in 1935. The Laboratory's physical modeling facilities, including the high-speed towing tank and the maneuvering basin, are employed in course instruction. The courses for this track are:  

  • OE 525 Principles of Naval Architecture
  • OE 626 Port Planning and Development
  • OE 628 Technologies for Maritime Security
  • OE 642 Motion of Vessels in Waves
  • OE 643 Stability and Control of Marine Craft

Maritime Structures Track

This concentration provides knowledge of the specific structure types and design analyses associated with port and maritime systems.  Students are given instruction in the various design and maintenance considerations unique to the marine and inland waterway environments.  In addition, students will gain skills in using state-of-the-art design tools, including computer and physical models of maritime structures, for consideration in construction and maintenance applications.  The courses for this track are:

  • OE 520 Design of Marine Structures
  • CE 530 Nondestructive Evaluation
  • OE 589 Coastal Engineering
  • OE 622 Design of Port Structures I
  • CE 649 Earth Supporting Structures
  • CE 687 Design of Hydraulic Structures

The Maritime Systems Master's Degree program has been organized to provide today's students with a graduate education in the areas of maritime industry, engineering, and management activities to stimulate and enhance their capacity for success.  There are six areas ("Tracks") of emphasis for students to develop their knowledge and capabilities including studies focused on environmental issues, management disciplines, marine transportation, security operations and technologies, maritime structures, and systems engineering.

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