Why IMB?

  • Ability to work in multiple industries
  • Study abroad connections
  • Hands-on internships
  • Faculty with first-hand knowledge in the field
  • Provides background for law school, MBA or doctorate degrees

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Target Industries

  • Freight Forwarding & Brokerage
  • International Finance & Banking
  • Marine Insurance
  • Inter-modal Transportation (Rail, Road, Air, Sea)
  • Maritime Shipping 
  • Global Logistics (Warehousing & Supply Chain Management)
  • Ship Chartering
  • Port/Terminal Operations

International Maritime Business

Formed in 2004, the International Maritime Business (IMB) Department has been serving the needs of the global maritime industry by producing graduates well-versed in the foundations of both business and maritime worlds. The mission of the IMB Department is to create disciplined, hard-working and positive-thinking professionals who will be generally well-versed in all functional areas of international business, and at the same time, will have specific expertise in the maritime sector. This expertise will be earned as much from practical experience as from a rigorous academic program. The IMB Program serves the trade interests of the Commonwealth and nation. The emphasis on curricular design is aligned to the educational philosophy of the academy, Learn–Do–Learn. Through academic coursework, students learn the concepts and principles of international maritime business. They then apply this learning in a professional context during their national or international experiential learning and cooperatives (internships). Based upon that experience, students then improve and adapt their understanding of the concepts and theories.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has received specialized accreditation for its IMB Program through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strong Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. 

The IMB major prepares graduates to enter the maritime shipping and transportation industry as a business professional. The program includes elements of international business, logistics and transportation.

The curriculum includes introductory courses in, vessel familiarization, business computations cognate courses in such areas as admiralty law and port terminal operations. There are courses in economics, finance, accounting, business of shipping, global logistics, chartering and brokerage, marine insurance, international business, negotiations, organization management. 46 credits of general education form an integral part of the curriculum. It also includes a capstone seminar in international maritime business during the senior year. 

One of the student papers/projects submitted in the Capstone course is usually sent to the selection committee of the International Association of Maritime Universities. Each year, since 2004, the IMB department has sent a student team to participate in this prestigious international conference. The students are required to make a presentation before a world audience on a chosen topic in keeping with the theme of the conference.

The practical component of the curriculum includes two co-ops and one six credit experiential learning piece. The IMB program requires the students to complete the two co-ops typically during their junior and senior years.  A summer session co-op, mid-June through August, and a winter session co-op, late December through February, typically run for 6-8 weeks.  The IMB co-op program provides the students with excellent opportunities to gather practical experience in their chosen field in keeping up with the 'learn-do-learn' philosophy of the institution and develop future employment prospects.

 MMA has recently signed an agreement with The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) that permits MMA to operate under license to the ICS in order to promote education products and services to prospective students and industry professionals desirous of attaining a  membership of the institute.