Graduate Admissions

Currently, graduate work at Texas A&M at Galveston is offered through the Departments of Marine Sciences, Marine Biology and Maritime Administration. 
The Master of Marine Resources Management (MMRM) degree is available as a thesis or non-thesis degree designed to serve the increasing need for professionals trained in managing coastal and ocean resources.  The program is offered on the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus, drawing on TAMUG’s extensive faculty resources in the departments of Marine Sciences, Maritime Administration, Marine Transportation, the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Center for Ports and Waterways.  The 36-hour thesis-option or 32-hour non-thesis option program consists of a core set of science, management and environmental law/policy courses. Students will be required to take additional hours of elective courses to complete their degree program, with the option to pursue a thesis if desired.  This program is also available as a 3+2 program, allowing the student to achieve the Ocean and Coastal Resources B.S. degree and the Master of Marine Resources Management degree in 5 years.

For program and general course information, registration assistance, deadlines or general graduate information, please contact

The Interdisciplinary  Graduate Degree Program in Marine Biology spans 3 campuses of Texas A&M University System and 6 Departments. The host department of the program is the Department of Marine Biology on the Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) campus. The Department of Marine Sciences is also located on the TAMUG campus. The Departments of Oceanography, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, and Biology participate in the program on the College Station campus (TAMU). The Department of Life Sciences is located on the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi campus.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree, a master's thesis degree (M.S.), and a non-thesis master's degree. The Ph.D. and M.S.  thesis degrees are focused heavily on research and interested students MUST seek out potential research advisors in the area of their interests before applying to the program. Ph.D. and M.S. thesis-option applicants will need to submit an application to their home campus, which is determined by where your faculty/research advisor resides. Non-thesis Master’s degree applicants are assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance at the Galveston campus. All Ph.D. and M.S. thesis-option applicants must identify their advisor or faculty sponsor in their letter of interest included with their application packet. Marine Biology applicants should expect to work closely with their advisors regarding more specific application requirements.

The Maritime Administration and Logistics degree is designed for individual professionals in such fields as port management, supply chain management, public policy as it relates to marine transport and the coastal zone, inland waterways, coastal shipping, and international trade and financial transactions. The curriculum has significant components in economics, finance, business analysis and management. The 36 hour masters degree is available as a thesis or non-thesis option degree.

Additional graduate work is available at Texas A&M University at Galveston through the following Departments on the main campus of Texas A&M University at College Station: Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Oceanography, and Ecosystem Science and Management. For additional information, please visit or contact

How do I apply for graduate school?

  • Applying to graduate school requires time, organization, and attention to detail. Make sure that you begin the process early so that you’ll have ample time to gather any materials that will be required to complete your application packet.  
  • Complete the application : Research the exact application requirements for the program and degree you are seeking. The application requirements vary by program and even by degree, make sure you are taking the correct admissions tests and submitting the appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Letters of Recommendation : You should request letters of recommendation from individuals who are the most familiar with your academic history and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that TAMUG does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application.
  • Official Transcripts : Transcripts should be sent from each senior level post-secondary institution attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. To be considered official, all required postsecondary academic records must come directly from the registrar’s office and bear the seal and signature of the registrar of the institution.
  • Required test scores (GRE or GMAT) : Arrange for required test scores to be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University at Galveston, the Office of Admissions and Records. Proof of English proficiency is required for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Other documents : Be sure to include all the documents the application requires. Some applications will require prospective students to write a Statement of Purpose. This may be accomplished by completing the Essay portion of the Apply Texas application online at  The essay should describe your background and your reasons for desiring to pursue a graduate education in your field of interest.

Deadlines : Make sure to pay close attention to deadlines for the submission of application materials and comply with them.  Deadlines are available on the Graduate Studies website at

Checking your application status : After you have submitted all of your application materials, you may check your application status on the web through the Applicant Information System (AIS) in HOWDY or you may contact the Graduate Studies Office.