Maritime Systems Master's Degree & Certificates

Maritime Systems Master's Degree & Certificates

As host to two National Research Centers of Excellence, Stevens plays a major role in developing United States policy on maritime domain awareness, port security, transportation, shore protection, and coastal studies. The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce, designated by the Department of Homeland Security, and the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design & Control of Small Ships are the latest additions to a long history of excellence in maritime studies at Stevens. Learn more about Maritime Systems graduate program.

Located directly on the Hudson River in the midst of the major New York/New Jersey water transportation corridor, Stevens has become a critical contributor to the region's security infrastructure.

Maritime Domain Protection

The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) develops the technologies and workforce to ensure safe maritime activity in the national interest. To improve national and internat ional awareness of maritime security issues, CSR provides recommendations on the resilience of naval craft, ports, transportation systems, and supply chains against natural and man-made threats. Complementing the technical strategy of the Center is a coordinated program of both domestic and international outreach to solicit support for forward-thinking maritime security and infrastructure development. CSR works closely with the Department of Homeland Security to develop methods to coordinate intelligence and operational agencies to protect U.S. interest in the Maritime Domain and respond to threats through establishing roles and responsibilities.

Rethinking Ship Design for the U.S. Navy

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design & Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS) has the important role of bringing ship design into the 21st century by integrating the many engineering disciplines associated with shipbuilding. ACCeSS is meeting the modern U.S. Navy's challenge of bringing increased performance and affordability while also maintaining high reliability and damage control. To meet the current need for fast, relatively small vessels capable of operating in a range of weather and ocean conditions, ACCeSS fosters radical design changes, provides a context for total ship system architecture, and utilizes Stevens unique education and research environment for recruiting and training the next generation of bright engineers.

Research in Focus
International Research in Maritime Systems and Security

The founder of ACCeSS, Dr. Michael Bruno is a national figure in ocean observation systems, maritime security, and coastal ocean dynamics. Formerly Director of the Center for Maritime Systems for nearly 20 years, Dr. Bruno?s involvement in ocean observation system design and operation has drawn elite research collaborations between Stevens and international partners in academia, industry, and government. He has received a multitude of honors and distinctions, including Fellow, ASCE, 2006, Fellow, Explorers Club, 2002, Fulbright Award, 1996, and ONR Young Investigator Award, 1991. The author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of the field, Dr. Bruno provides leadership as an advisor by serving on the National Research Council Marine Board, including as Vice Chairman and Chair, and is Director of the state-sponsored New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service.

Ocean Observation and Monitoring

Dr. Thomas Herrington plays a critical role in regional coastal studies and contributes important knowledge and leadership in research and education in ocean engineering and maritime studies. He is the Director of the New Jersey Sea Grant Cooperative Extension in Coastal Processes, Director of New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, and the chief architect of the NJ Coastal Monitoring Network and the NJ Coastal Storm Surge Warning System. As a natural extension of these monitoring efforts, he is a member of the New Jersey State Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, the NJ Hydromet Warning Council, the Flood Load Task Committee of ASCE, and the NJ National Weather Service StormReady Advisory Board. Dr. Herrington?s research interests include coastal hydrodynamics, sediment transport, wave-structure interaction, coastal meteorology, coastal hazard mitigation, and the development of coastal observing systems. He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications in the field of coastal and ocean engineering and is co-author of a U.S. patent.

Maritime Systems Concentrations

To address the varied needs of industry and of students, the Master's Degree curriculum entails five core courses, with five additional electives selected according to concentration. Maritime Systems concentrations represent a broad spectrum of expertise and interest, including security, naval engineering, environmental protection, civil engineering, and management.

  • Maritime Environment
  • Maritime Management
  • Maritime Security
  • Maritime Structures
  • Marine Transportation
  • Maritime Systems Engineering

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

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