California State University Maritime Academy launched its first graduate degree program - a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management - on September 4, 2011. The inaugural class graduated in the Spring of 2013. Since then, Cohorts 2, 3 and 4 have graduated, with Cohort 5 members on track to be awarded their degrees in Spring 2017. Cohort 6 began classes on August 29, 2016. Applications for Fall 2017's Cohort 7 are now being accepted.
The new program is serving mid-career professionals interested in gaining greater leadership and managerial skills. "Our new Masters program provides advanced instruction in business and management fundamentals, coupled with specialized preparation for career advancement in the participant's chosen specialization — Engineering, Transportation or Humanitarian Disaster Management. The graduate program was developed jointly by key University faculty, with detailed input and review from well over two-dozen businesses, agencies, professional organizations and accrediting bodies," said former Provost Dr. Gerald Jakubowski.
The 10-course degree program (30 credit hours) is offered completely on line with accepted students proceeding through the learning process as a cohort. Current students report that the support offered by the cohort model along with 24/7 online access are big benefits for those juggling careers and families with graduate coursework.
All students take five core courses in basic management, then each student takes four courses focusing on his or her chosen degree track of Transportation, Engineering Management or Humanitarian Disaster Management. Finally, students will complete a Capstone course designed to help them demonstrate their learning through an extensive project in their work setting.