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What is MMA Prep?

MMA Prep is an  academic agreement between the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) that will create a clear pathway to a Bachelor's degree from Maine Maritime Academy for students interested in studying business, engineering, technology, science, or  transportation. 

The program serves students who seek admission to MMA but who have not yet met all of MMA's rigorous academic requirements. MMA Prep is available to students at all seven of the state’s community colleges. 

Where do I start?

Contact the Admissions Office at the Maine community college of your choice to discuss your intentions. Complete the Community College application process by:

  1. Applying for the Liberal Studies major (Associate Degree),
  2. State your desire to transfer to Maine Maritime Academy after successful completion of the MMA Prep program when asked on the application to briefly explain why you wish to enroll at  the community college.   
  3. Take the writing and math ACCUPLACER Exams for initial course placement, if required.
  4. Enroll for a minimum of one academic year (2 semesters).
  5. Register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.  
  6. Successfully complete each course with a grade of  C or better.  
To confirm your participation in MMA Prep:
  1. Contact MMA early in the Fall semester of your MMA Prep year to reactivate your application to MMA.
  2. Note: For those who have never submitted an application to MMA, fill out the online application as soon as possible and send your high school transcript, test scores, and a letter of recommendation.
  3. After completing the first semester of MMA Prep, forward the community college transcript with first semester grades, along  with a listing of second semester courses, to MMA Office of  Admissions.

What classes do I take at the community college?
The community college will place you in the appropriate writing and math courses based on SAT scores and/or ACCUPLACER assessment.

Preparatory Courses - As determined by ACCUPLACER scores:

  • Intro. to College Reading
  • Intro. to College Writing
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry

Transfer Credit Potential *

  • English Composition  
  • Speech/Oral Communications
  • Precalculus/Calculus  
  • Humanities Electives
  • Social Science Electives 
  • Sciences with lab                             
    • - Physics
    • - Biology
    • - Chemistry       

*Courses for transfer must receive a grade equivalent of a  “C” or better . Course titles and numbers vary among Maine's community colleges.

Contact the Director of Admissions, Maine Maritime Academy, (207) 326-2215, to clarify program requirements, preparatory or transferable courses. Any departure from academic course requirements and performance expectations must be approved  by the Director of Admissions, Maine Maritime Academy, or the MMA Prep agreement may be at risk of being terminated.

NOTE: It may not be possible to satisfy MMA's unique degree requirements in less than four years.   

Suggested Maritime Reading


Admiral of the Ocean Sea - Samuel Elliot Morrison
      A life of Christopher Columbus.

The Arctic Schooner Bowdoin - Virginia Thorndike
     A history of the historic schooner Bowdoin, Maine Maritime Academy training vessel, a national historic landmark, and the official sailing vessel of the state of Maine.

The Captain: A Sailor’s Story - Jan De Hartog

The Captain’s a Woman - Deborah D. Dempsey (MMA ’75)
     Tales of the first woman captain in the U.S. merchant marine.

Cod: A Fish that Changed the World - Mark Kurlansky
     Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. In this deceptively whimsical biography of a fish, the author brings a thousand years of human civilazation into captivating focus.

The Control of Nature - John McPhee
     McPhee details the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control nature.

Dark Voyage - Alan Furst
     A new historical espionage placed in Europe on the eve of World War II aboard the tramp ship Noordendam.

Endurance - Alfred Lansing
     A story of survival about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance.

Grey Seas Under - Farley Mowatt
     The perilous rescue mission of North American salvage tug.

The Hungry Ocean - Linda Greenlaw
     A swordboat Captain's journey.


In Peril - Skip Strong (MMA ’85)
     A daring decision, a Captain's resolve, and the salvage that made history.

In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
     The tragedy of the whaleship Essex.

Longitude - Dava Sobel
     The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time.

Looking for a Ship - John McPhee
     An extraordinary tale of life aboard merchant marine ship. John shadows MMA professor Andy Chase (MMA ’83) during a sabbatical aboard M/V Stella Lykes.


The Perfect Storm - Sebastian Junger
     A true story of men against the sea.

The Riddle of the Ice - Myron James
     A scientific adventure into the Arctic.

Salt Water Poems and Ballads - John Masefield

The Secret Life of Lobsters - Trevor Corson
     In this intimate portrait of an island fishing community and an essentric band of renegade biologists, the author escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of lobster boats, through danger filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

The Serpent’s Coil - Farley Mowatt
     An incredible story of hurricane-battered ships and the heroic men who fought to save them.

The Ship and the Storm - Jim Carrier
     Hurricane Mitch and the lost of the Fantome.

Tall Ships Down - Dan Parrott (MMA faculty)
     Tragic stories of the final voyages of five majestic sailing ships.

Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana
     This early nineteenth century tale traces the ocean route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to California. Dana shares his 24 month odyssey in the days of wooden ships and iron men.

Typhoon and Other Stories - Joseph Conrad
     Tales from the sea.

Youth - Joseph Conrad
     A story portraying a young man’s first sea voyage to the East.

Maritime Adventure Series



The Dirk Pitt series - Clive Cussler
     This modern day eco-warrior (part Jacques Cousteau, part James Bond) and the Naval Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA) span the globe to solve a variety of ecological and archeological mysteries.

The Jack Aubrey series - Patrick O'Brian
     A valiant officer of the English crown, Aubrey's exploits include Master and Commander.

Horatio Hornblower series - C.S.Forester
     This multi-volume series follows Horatio Hornblower from midshipmen to admiral aboard her majesty’s ships of the line during the Napoleanic Wars.

The Kydd Sea Adventure series - Julian Stockwin
     Follow the at-sea adventures of Thomas Paine Kydd, from a bright, naive lad pressed into the service of his majesty's Navy in the late 1700's to a seasoned and decorated mariner.

The Alan Lewrie series - Dewey Lambdin
     More exciting tales about another fine mariner from his majesty's naval fleet.

The Classics



Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling
     A spoilt son of a falls overboard from an oceanliner and, rescued by a fisherman, reluctantly joins the crew of a fishing schooner for the summer.

Kon-Tiki - Thor Heyerdahl
     A true record of an astonishing 4,300 nautical mile adventure across the Pacific Ocean by raft.

Moby Dick - Herman Melville
     Epic tale of Captain Ahab’s quest for the white whale.

Robinson Carusoe - Daniel Defoe
     A saga of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island who taught himself how to survive with the barest of essentials and, after 24 years of solitude, finds a footprint in the sand.

Sea Wolf - Jack London
     Humphrey Van Weyden is plucked from the cold waters of San Francisco Bay by the Ghost and forced to be a cabin boy by its demonic Captain Wolf Larsen..

Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Wyss
Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. A classic tale of survival and adventure.

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
     Young Jim Hawkins lives an adventure of treachery, greed, and daring with the most memorable villian in literature, Long John Silver.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
     Professor Arronax bravely joins a mission to hunt a killer sea monster aboard the Nautilus, a secret submarine helmed by the mysterious Captain Nemo.

A Nautical Fiction List

Readmission Form

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Thank You

Maine Maritime Academy is in receipt of your application for re-admission. It is your responsibility to gather all supporting letters of recommendation and transcripts and forward them to the Admissions Office. Once your application for readmission is complete, we will contact you with with a date and time for you to meet with the Academic Board sitting as the Readmissions Committee.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the appropriate toll free number below. In the meantime, please pay partucular attention to the Medical History.

Jeffrey C. Wright
Director of Admissions

Entering Student Profile

Class of 2011
Applied: 797
Admitted: 502
Entered: 284, largest in MMA history.

Applied as:
Early Decision: 33%
First time, full-time: 83%
Transfer: 17%

Female: 17%Most Popular Major - Marine Biology
Male: 83%Most Popular Major - Marine Transportation Operations

16-19: 90%
20-29: 9%
30+: 1%

Geographic Region
Maine: 72%
Other New England States: 17%
Other States/Commonwealths Represented: 17
(AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MN, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WY)

Enrollment by Department
Engineering & Engineering Technology: 47%
Marine Transportation: 29%
International Business & Logistics: 13%
Marine Sciences: 10%

SAT Range (middle 50%): 98% first-time, full-time students submitted SAT's. 

Engineering & Technology 440-550 480-570
Marine Transportation 450-570 470-580
Int'l Business & Logistics 430-490 470-530
Marine Sciences 440-550 460-560

ACT's: 22% first-time, full-time students submitted ACT's. 

Most Competitive Major - Marine Systems Engineering

SAT's (ave.)
574 (CR)
609 (MATH)


Entering Student Quick Facts

  • 66% live more than 100 miles from campus
  • 88% from public schools, 12% private, 0% home schooled
  • 76% performed volunteer work
  • 36% tutored their peers in high school
  • 83% exercise/do sports 3 or more hours per week
  • 57% work 10 or more hours/week
  • 64% strive to become an authority in their field
  • 25% plan to become community leaders

Top 5 Influences for Selecting MMA 1. MMA graduates get good jobs (91%) 2. MMA has good academic reputation (78%) 3. A visit to campus (41%) 4. Liked the size of the college(24%) 5. MMA graduates gain admission to top graduate schools (20%)

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