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 2020

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 provides the basis for maritime competence worldwide, as well as opportunities for  innovation and  strengthening of a keyindustry 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 exclusively on the maritime industry, while other course units are more generic. The programme also covers management and leadership skills. The  programme is designed toprovide a broad understanding of topics that are specifically related to the maritime industry.

Semester exchange to USN

This programme offers exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. The application deadline is 15 April  for the autumn semester, and 15 October  for the  spring semester.

Career prospects

The maritime industry, both in Norway and internationally, offers a wide variety of jobs for candidates holding a master’s degree in maritime management. The graduate candidates from the management program will be attractive to  companies such as shipowners, commercial management , financial institutions, insurance , shipbrokers, transportation and logistics , maritime equipment suppliers, shipbuilding and repair , engineering and contractors.

Working with the local business community

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

What you will learn

The two specializations have different learning outcomes  in this master’s programme. In the commercial  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, such as ship operations, ship design, marine economics, strategic analysis and leadership, management of construction projects, methodology, organization and management, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Gain international experience

This master’s programme offers candidates the chance to study abroad. This must be agreed with and given prior approval by the faculty on an individual basis.

Further studies

The programme provides a solid foundation for graduate students  intending to take further doctoral degree studies (PhD) at universities all over the world.

Admission requirements

Admission to the 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  bachelor degree in maritime operations (nautical or machinery) or
  • equivalent  education.

Admission to the 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
  • equivalent education.

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

Further, you will have to provide certified proof of English proficiency.

Please note: If you have ship-certificates or work experience in the maritime industry, please upload documentation of this.

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

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


USN makes reservations in regards to the commencement of the study program.

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