The Marine Transportation degree at the California Maritime Academy is accredited by three very different agencies. First, as one of the many programs offered at Cal Maritime, and as one of the twenty-three campuses of the California State University, the MT program was granted accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Second, as one of the seven state and federal maritime academies in the United States, Cal Maritime's marine education and training programs are subject to the oversight and approval of the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) and, thirdly, the United States Coast Guard's National Maritime Center (NMC).
The Marine Transportation Department completed the second WASC accreditation audit since Cal Maritime became a CSU campus in 1995. The results of this audit affirm the academic rigor, integrity, and sustainability of our degree program.
In March 2010, the MT Department underwent the third, five-yearly STCW* audit conducted by a team of inspectors made up of representatives of MARAD, USCG NMC, two industry representatives, and two faculty members from sister maritime academies. The audits ensure compliance with US and International licensing regulations. The auditors' report had nothing but praise for the quality of Cal Maritime's licensed curricula, facilities and faculty. In fact, not a single deficiency was found. The auditors were particularly impressed with Cal Maritime's dedication to continuous improvement and modernization of our programs to better serve our students, and the maritime industry as a whole.
*STCW - International Maritime Organization's Convention on the Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping 1995 and the 2010 Manila Amendments.