Master of Science in Maritime Management

Master of Science in Maritime Management

The Master of Science in Maritime Management is intended for students looking for management positions within the maritime industry, a highly international and globalized industry with a number of exciting challenges and opportunities.

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Closing dates
EU/EEA: 1st of March
Others: 1st of December
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Autumn 2018

Why study Maritime Management?

Norway is among the largest and most innovative shipping nations in the world. The maritime industry is very strong in Norway and forms the basis for maritime competence worldwide, as well as opportunities for further innovation and the strengthening of an important industry both at sea and in land-based positions.

The programme offers two alternative specializations, one technical and one commercial. The program focuses on key challenges and issues within the maritime industry. Some courses focus solely on the maritime industry, while other topics are more generic. The programme also covers management and leadership skills. The main focus of the programme will give you a broad understanding of topics that are specifically related to the maritime industry.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme offers exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Application deadline is April 15 for autumn semester and October 15 for spring semester for exchange.

Where can I work?

The industry, both in Norway and internationally, offers a great variety of jobs for candidates with a master degree in maritime management. The graduate candidates from the management program will be attractive for a wide range of companies such as ship owners, commercial management companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, shipping brokers, transportation and logistics companies, maritime equipment suppliers, shipbuilding and repair companies, engineering and contractor companies.

Working with the local business community

The Master of Maritime Management is a master programme that was ordered from the maritime industry through a national program for maritime education and research. USN had a number of industry members highly involved in developing the programme and many are still active participants as Professors, guest lectures, company and yard visits, and as supervisors. Additionally, most master’s theses are written in connection with industrial partners.

What you will learn

There are different learning outcomes for the two specializations within this master’s programme. In the commercially focused specialization, you will learn about accounting and financial management, supply chain management and maritime law.

Alternatively, in the technical specialization you will learn about ship structures, ship machinery, electro, automation and telecommunications.

In addition, there are several common topics covered, including: Ship operations, ship design, marine economics, strategy analysis and leadership, leadership in construction projects, methodology, organization and management, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

Gain international experience

It is possible to study abroad on the master programme. This must be agreed with, and preapproved by, the faculty on an individual basis.

Further studies

The graduate students will achieve a sound foundation for further doctoral degree studies (PhD) at universities all over the world.

Admission requirements

Admission to Master of Science in Maritime Management with specialization Maritime Technical Management (application code 7124), requires either:

  • three year bachelor degree in engineering or
  • three year maritime bachelor degree in nautical or machinery or
  • corresponding education.

Admission to Master of Science in Maritime Management with specialization Maritime Commercial Management (application code 7128), requires either:

  • three year bachelor degree in business administration or
  • three year maritime bachelor degree in shipping and logistics or
  • corresponding education.

In addition to all the above, we require a cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the ECTS system (we do the grade conversion).

In addition to the academic requirements, you will have to provide proof of English proficiency.

Reservation of places:
50% of the places in the study program are reserved for applicants with a Norwegian bachelor degree.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

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