NMC's marine technology program is based at the Great Lakes Campus and  harbor and has access to research vessels, remotely operated vehicles, multiple SONAR platforms, marine instrumentation and marine data processing software

Marine Technology Program Information

The Marine Technology major at Northwestern Michigan College prepares students to meet the needs of the global marine industry.

  • Graduates will be highly competitive for global employment opportunities in extremely diverse and fast-growing industries
  • Program designed to bridge academics with industry in the marine space
  • Four-year program builds on NMC’s Marine Technology associate degree
  • Technical training based in NMC’s Great Lakes Campus harbor and aboard research vessels
  • Hands-on access to remotely operated vehicles, multiple SONAR platforms, marine instrumentation and marine data processing software
  • Coursework and training competencies focused on employer needs and requirements
  • Highly trained instructors with experience in the industry

Globally, there is a strong need for highly trained people across multiple sectors in marine technology. Building on water-related expertise already established at NMC, this interdisciplinary degree emphasizes the core and marine related technical competencies along with the project management skills required for work in the highly complex marine industry. Graduates of this program can expect to find opportunities in the U.S. and abroad in areas of marine mapping and hydrographic surveying, marine data processing and management, marine platforms and instrumentation and marine project management.

Representing the third bachelor's degree opportunity now available at NMC, Marine Technology builds on an already robust set of offerings supporting multiple sectors of the marine industry.

major areas of emphasis

  • Marine vehicles and instrumentation
  • Marine data processing and management
  • Marine acoustics and sonar platforms
  • Project planning and management

Explore Careers

  • Marine mapping and hydrography
  • Marine construction
  • Marine exploration
  • Marine science and research
  • Environmental monitoring

Professional Development Opportunities



Contact Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Director Hans Van Sumeren at (231) 995-1793 or Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Manager John Lutchko at (231) 995-1310.

Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

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Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

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Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.


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