Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science

"Honor the Mariner"

Fast track your career in the
Merchant Marine or the
United States Coast Guard, today!

"Honor the Mariner"

Even in the most trying of times, we are here to provide you with the education that you deserve.

Program Overview

Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science

Earn your Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science degree in just two years on a fast-track to employment! Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) students are introduced to the exciting world of nautical science through this co-operative educational program that prepares students for a career at sea.

Our teaching model includes hands-on learning, simulator training, classroom theory and co-operative shipboard experiences, meeting the needs of all styles of learners. Explore opportunities to travel in the “Semester at Sea” program, where you will gain real world experience, build professional relationships in the industry and earn sea-service towards your professional captain’s license.

We offer rolling admissions and are now considering students for our Spring 2024 cohort. Apply today!


Northeast Maritime Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.*

*Accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is extended only to the Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science’s Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science degree programs. This accreditation status does not extend to professional maritime training courses, continuing education courses and short courses offered at the Institute or through NEMO (Northeast Maritime Online).

Why Accreditation is Important

When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

  • A reliable indicator of quality
  • Approved program of study
  • Qualified instructors
  • Recognition by employers nationwide


Learn more about our vessels, and participating in a hands-on environment.

Learn more about the different credits we offer and how the program is structured. 

Learn more about our Semester at Sea Summer Co-operative Program.

Obtain your 100-ton Master’s license through our program. Graduate with Captain’s license.


The United States Coast Guard and the Northeast Maritime Institute – College of Maritime Science entered a historic partnership agreement in 2023. This agreement provides NMI graduates the opportunity to enter a Lateral Enlistment Program into the Coast Guard as junior petty officers upon graduation and completion of the USCG boot camp upon graduation from NMI’s Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science Degree Program. NMI graduates will have the option to enlist as third-class or second-class Boatswains Mates, enlisting either full time into the Coast Guard or into the Coast Guard Reserve while serving in the United States Merchant Marine.

Students graduating from high school and enrolling into NMI’s Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science Degree Program may also have the option to enroll as Reservists and attend U.S. Coast Guard boot camp during the summer months between high school graduation and their fall semester. Students who choose this option will receive a bonus and pay to offset their college tuition expenses.


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Our Mission

To equip graduates with the combination of knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, ethical decision making, and confidence which will enable them to safely and efficiently operate, maintain, and lead maritime and ocean-related industries toward a responsible and sustainable future.


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Founders Hall, NMI

32 Washington St
Fairhaven, MA, 02719