Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship

Stevens Institute of Technology in conjunction with the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) have been awarded a third DHS Career Development Grant to support additional full-time Master's Degree Fellowships in Maritime Systems with a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security, starting Spring or Summer 2015.


The objective of the fellowship program is to enhance the knowledge base, technical skills, and leadership capabilities of our nation's future maritime security workforce and to provide greater access and support for U.S. students pursuing a homeland security focused Master's Degree in Maritime Systems. This fellowship program  will create enhanced experiential opportunities and direct pathways for highly skilled students to obtain technical leadership positions in the maritime security domain.


Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowships include full-tuition and stipends. Students will participate in the following activities as part of their 24-month fellowship program:

  • Full-time enrollment in the Master's Degree program.
  • Complete required courses for the Master's Degree in Maritime Systems and the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security, including a six-credit Master's Thesis.
  • Engage in a 10 week summer research internship in the field at an industry, or government homeland security organization.
  • Attend at least one DHS Science & Technology (S&T) Education & Career Fair.
  • Participate in Stevens career development workshops and career fairs.
  • Participate in the CSR's eight-week Summer Research Institute.
  • Meet regularly with assigned Stevens Academic Adviser and the Fellowship Coordinator.


To be considered an applicant for the Maritime Systems fellowship program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or better.
  • Possess an undergraduate degree in Engineering or anticipate completion of the degree by December 2014 or May 2015.
  • In the process of applying, or have already been formally admitted, into the Master's Degree program in Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • Commit to full-time enrollment during the tenure of their fellowship award and committed to a minimum of one year of employment in the homeland security workforce following the completion of their degree.
  • Upon admission into the Fellowship program, students will be required to sign an Agreement to Participate form.

Women and students from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Required Master's Degree Courses: The fellowship degree program consists of three components: 1) Four required core courses, 2) A four-course sequence leading to a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security, and 3) a Master's thesis. 

Core Course Requirements (4 courses, 12 credits)

Students will select four out of the following five courses to satisfy the program?s core course requirements:

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

Elective Requirements (4 courses, 12 credits) Students will complete a four-course sequence leading to a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security. The course content of the Maritime Security graduate certificate is closely aligned with the Department of Homeland Security?s high-priority technology and security workforce needs, and will serve to complete the program?s remaining four elective course requirements:

  • OE 529 Maritime Safety & Security
  • OE 560 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • OE 628 Technologies for Maritime Security
  • OE 629 Advanced Maritime Security

 Master's Thesis (6 credits) Fellowship students are required to complete a master's thesis consisting of an in-depth and original research project conducted in collaboration with the student?s faculty advisor/research mentor. The master?s thesis serves as the capstone of the fellowship program and is intended to be the culmination of the student?s research activities and experiences conducted throughout their degree program. (OE 900 Master's Thesis).


Applications for the Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship will be handled through an online admissions process only. 

APPLY NOW!  Click here to complete the online FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION .

Applicants will be required to submit the following items as part of the application process.

  • College/University Transcript(s)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (from current or former academic advisors/professors) 
  • Essay (3 to 5 pages/12pt font and 1.5 line spaced) The fellowship essay must address the following areas:
    • Tell us about yourself.
    • Why do you want to pursue study in the field of Maritime Systems and Maritime Security?
    • What are your career goals?
    • Tell us about your commitment to engage in full-time study and your willingness to work a minimum of one year in the maritime homeland security domain following the end of the Fellowship program.


Applications for the fellowship program are reviewed on a rolling admission process. Please contact [email protected] for important details on submitting your application and materials.


To learn more about the Fellowship program, please contact Beth Austin DeFares, Director of Education, Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) at [email protected] or by phone 201.216.5362.

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