SUNY Policy, Accreditation, and U.S. Coast Guard Licensure

SUNY Policy Regarding Academic Programs, Planning and Assessment

The Office of Academic Programs and Planning coordinates academic program planning across disciplines and award levels at all State University of New York campuses, including state-operated, community and statutory colleges/universities. The Office ensures that academic program plans on campuses are consistent with the University’s strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, and with University policies and procedures, such as those relating to assessment, general education, student mobility and transfer, and off-campus instruction can be accessed here.

Middle States Accreditation

Maritime College, State University of New York, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  MSCHE most recently reaffirmed accreditation in 2017 with the acceptance of the Periodic Review Report.

Engineering Accreditation

SUNY Maritime College programs in Electrical Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

More information is available under Engineering Department and other individual program web pages.

U.S. Coast Guard License Programs

SUNY Maritime College's four-year Deck and Engineering Programs meet the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) academy training and curriculum regulations (46 CFR 310) and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for the issuance of a Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer's license upon graduation and completion of all required training. Graduates are also issued various internationally recognized Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Endorsements. Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard has approved both a Mate 500/1600 Gross Tons and Assistant Engineer (Limited) License Programs, which are combined with an Associate of Applied Science degree for graduates wishing to seek employment in the tug and barge industry. Graduates holding Coast Guard Mariner Credentials combined with the education and degree they receive are well-prepared for a full spectrum of maritime industry jobs, either at sea or ashore. Graduates may sail on oceangoing, coastal or inland vessels, or work ashore in a variety of maritime related positions. Prospective employers may include the Federal Government (e.g., Military Sealift Command) or the tug/barge or mineral and oil industry.