Post Grad Masters

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by AMF, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. AMF

    AMF Member

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    Just wondering if anyone has insight on obtaining Masters while fulfilling sailing obligation. Are there certain schools with class schedules that allow for a "typical" 3rd mate sailing schedule? Do the shipping companies offer incentives for those pursing Masters? Is there a resource where one might research some of this? Thanks
     
  2. Jmoney457

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    I know a lot of people from here get a masters at SUNY Maritime
     
  3. cmakin

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    Of course what is a "typical" 3rd Mate sailing schedule?
     
  4. AMF

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    I guess what I was meaning to ask was, "knowing that sailing irregular days (30-45-60-90?) on or off, are there schools/curriculum that offer course work which can be incorporated into this type of schedule. IE If I sail 90 days, are there classes I can take for the 90 days I am not sailing?
     
  5. cmakin

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    I don't mean to be argumentative, but during my sailing years, the only time I had as much time as 90 days off in a row, I was having trouble shipping out of the hall. . . . I don't know if you are already in school, or are just planning ahead. I have many classmates that went on to grad school, many becoming attorneys, however I am not sure that they were able to do that with a busy sailing schedule. As a 3rd Mate (or engineer for that matter), you will be trying to grab any berth that you can (or at least I did). Should you have a 90 day stretch of time off, it may or may not coincide with a grad school classroom semester. That said, with the option of online classes now, it may be easier to do.

    If you are still in high school and weighing your options, I admire your forward thinking. Just remember, a place like KP is not an ordinary institute of higher learning. It is geared to produce Merchant Marine officers for a maritime industry that has changed since the inception of the program. My personal experience is that what I wanted to be and do when I was in high school is VERY much different from what I am and am doing now. . . and I do not regret that at all. . .
     
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  6. deepdraft1

    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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    Another thing you'll have to consider is that you'll periodically need to take maritime related 'continuing education' classes as required by an employer or to maintain or raise your license. Those classes will generally run anywhere from a week to as much as a month in duration and can significantly cut into your time off. If you want to pursue a Masters degree while sailing full time an online program, as CMAKIN suggested, might be your best option.
     

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