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, eight more cohorts have graduated, with Cohort 9 members on track to be awarded their degrees in Spring 2021. Cohort 10 began classes on August 17th, and applications for Fall 2021's Cohort 11 are now being accepted.
The program serves 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 ten-course degree program (30 credit hours) is offered completely online 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 complete a Capstone course designed to help them demonstrate their learning through an extensive project in their work setting.