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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: Since I was a child, I have already a vision of becoming a great captain of a ship one day. A lot of courses are also great but my strong yearning for my ambition is really on top of my list. Considering nowadays, getting an employment is hard, and choosing the right course is a must. So I stick to my ambition and my chosen course. I also choose this course to travel the world for free. And not to mention, this course is easier compare to the other courses which will give you hard time doing difficult school works. Plus the this course will land you a stable job where you earns a higher salary. Today seafarers are consider rich because of the higher income that they received.

list bulletAbout my college education: I used everything I have learned. Everything is enjoyable, specially physical education subjects, where you go swimming, rowing, paddling, and sailing and solving navigational problems.

Exams are easy, just take time to read your books and study hard, for sure you will pass the exams. In our class no ones failed the exams, glad to say that. Since I was in first year up to the graduation day, my classmates and batch-mates are still there so I would say that no one tried to shift to another course. And I am happy for that.

The only boring thing is that when you have no friends. It was interesting when the professor was sharing us his experiences when he was on board, trying to give us a little clue what life awaits us on board.

Traits and attitude you need are hard work, perseverance, patience.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Licensed 3rd mate.
I am on-board right now as an OS, but am on promotion to be an officer. We handle the goods that were imported and exported of different countries.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Discipline. I guess that is applicable to all but that is the most important thing that I learned from college. And off course the skills like swimming, solving navigational problems like calculating distance, time speed, plotting, maritime knowledges like maritime laws, maritime cultures and proper usage of navigational equipments, seamanship works and many more. Those are the things that the school will give and train you which is very essential once you get on-board.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I am so proud that I was a company scholar. I already had a company even while I was still schooling. So I did not look for job, I was already scheduled for training after graduation. After my training comes my duty to the company base and was deployed on-board for my actual job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Transportation: Yes. This is a very recommended course in terms of employment opportunities. Filipino seafarers are highly considered by international shipping agencies for their competence. It's an in-demand job today.

Well for salary it's a bit higher than other job,s not to mention the chance of seeing beautiful places around the world. A cadet can earns Php20,000 - Php 25,000 per month depending on the ships' company. The higher the rank, the higher is the salary. Php 500,000 per month is for chief officers and chief engineers. So who wouldn't want that? It is really recommended.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Study your lesson so you will get your diploma. Once graduated, you'll get a job for sure because seafaring is an in-demand job today where international shipping agencies is highly considering Filipino seafarers for their traits and competencies. Be brave and have faith in yourself and remember the schools' core values- discipline. It's a must so where ever you will be assign, you'll be safe and sound.
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