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BS in Marine Transportation in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) is a four-year undergraduate degree program that leads to a professional career in the maritime industry, as a marine deck officer. Through this program, the students will be able to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to accomplish their future duties and responsibilities as a marine officer and will be exposed to theories and practices in seamanship, navigation, ship business, meteorology, and marine laws.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who are planning to take up BS Marine Transportation can select between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) as their Senior High School (SHS) strand. 

Under STEM, there are three specialized subjects included in the curriculum that are maritime-related While in the TVL, there is a maritime specialization that provides a certificate that will allow them to work aboard the ship. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Ship Handling and Maneuvering
  • Ships, Ship Routines, and Construction
  • Cargo Handling and Storage
  • Merchant Ships Search and Rescue
  • Deck Watch-keeping
  • Shipboard Personnel Management
  • Basic Marine Engineering
  • Ship Management Systems
  • Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Radio Communication
  • Basic Safety
  • Maritime Laws
  • Marine Pollution and Prevention

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Marine Transportation are expected to be able to:

  • Solve problems related to the profession using mathematics, science and technology knowledge
  • Keep up with industry developments and engage in lifelong learning
  • Use modern tools and appropriate techniques to remain globally competitive in the profession
  • Apply research methodologies while conducting research

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in an actual ship in order to expose students to the real-life applications of the concepts and techniques that they have learned.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Marine Engine Officer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Marine Transportation needs to choose from the Navigational Watch Licensure Examination, Chief Mate Licensure Examination, and Master Mariner Licensure Examination and pass the exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Marine Deck and Marine Engine Officers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Note that before taking any of the relevant licensure examinations, graduates of Marine Transportation must have an actual work experience aboard a ship, and the minimum length of service depends upon the requirements of the PRC.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Marine Transportation may pursue a career path in the marine industry. They may apply as an ordinary seaman, able seaman, boatswain, third mate, second mate, officer-in-charge of a navigational watch, merchant marine officer, maritime education and training officer, Philippine coast guard officer, or a naval officer.

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Reviews of BS in Marine Transportation graduates:

list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Transportation: I chose this course because I want to be captain of the ship someday. I want to travel the world and earn big money. And the course is easy compared to other.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learn to be a seaman. The skills and discipline. I have learned to calculate time, speed, and distance of the ship, proper handling of maneuvering equipment, navigational problems, parts and function of the ship, some technical knowledge about seafaring work actually. Basic learning of swimming, survival on seas and also we have certificate for some practical like fire fighting and basic safety training.

For me the most difficult is seamanship and physics. These are math related subject whereas if you don't study hard, you will probably fails. Not to mention both subject have strict teachers compares to the some.

The most useful thing that I learn is being discipline and being reliable with just myself. Off course you need help from others but unless you're not helping your self like studying hard, you will not succeed. Swimming is also important that I learned because you can use it everywhere and in time of trouble.

The exams were ok. Just study hard. Not everyone can pass it if they study. But some have failed too because they didn't study hard. I have no classmate that shifted to other courses. This is course is the best of all so why should we shift and our parents have already invested more money on this.

Being disciplined is important. That's what the school is about. To have a discipline and have a competitive seafaring skills that meets the international expectation. Also you should be brave and hard working. Resourceful and be good to your fellow seaman inside the ship. Study hard also because after the learning inside the school comes the actual lessons outside your university. Be courteous also so that your seniors will like you.

list bulletMy current job: I am right now working as office cadet.
This is part of my on the job training before the actual on-board in my company.
I get salary for this as an OJT. And the next month I will be waiting for the companies line up so that I can finally board on ship.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The learning that I have learned from school that are very useful for my job right now are practicum for boat sailing in actual sea, swimming, usage of navigational equipment, basic safety and survival, and boat rowing in the sea, technical English that I used doing office work as a office cadet.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I actually rested and do the things I like for a year before I looked for the job.
Within 7 months I have already many companies, because I applied for every company that I can find thus giving me many option to chose from. But I was looking for a sure one, that gives a higher pay and great benefits. So finally I got this company.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Transportation: Yes. I recommend it. High salary. Great benefits and the priviledges to work abroad and to tour around the world. Also meeting beautiful ladies everywhere.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is to study hard and never stop learning. Never stop dreaming because someday you will become the captain of your ship.
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