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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:

A. C.
◈ Studied BS Marine transportation
◈ At Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Transportation: Choosing right course is very difficult. I enrolled bs nursing in one of top universities in manila because I want to become a doctor someday. However my tatay (father) talked to me that he cant afford the tuition fees miscellanoeus fees etc. Because my father is just a farmer and fisherman, he chose and I decided to enroll bs marine transportation or in other words seafaring course. This course is always in demand and it help alots of hopeless young youth. I'm saying that you can study this course with low tuition fees, very easy to study the major subjects, and after school you can work at once.

list bulletAbout my college education: I've learned a lot most especially maritime business.
All of my major subjects like oceanography meteorology etc are difficult.
Most useful is navigation.
Exams are not difficult. Of course if you study well there's no difficulties.
Self discipline and time management there's a lot time to consume in order to achieve the diploma.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a second mate officer, I'm working as navigator, safety security officer, pharmacist, ship doctor, accountant.. I'm working at bulk cargo ships and it goes to Japan, Australia, Canada.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Of course I've learned how to handle the ship smoothly and how to operate the ship in environmental way.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Just a couple of months. I worked as apprentice for 18 months..

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Transportation: Now a days seafaring is very in demand. In this career the job will find you. As you know Philippines is the world seafaring capital of the world.

As a starter you will earn 300 usd per month but if you will become captain you will be earning 10,000 usd.

Indeed it is very interesting because you're not just travelling for free and earning very easy. But you will be apart of one of the bridge of the success of our nation.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Bs marine transportation is not a difficult course to pass. Yes it requires money in order to enroll the course. But for now many shipping agencies have scholarships and upon graduation the scholars will automatically work on shipping agencies
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