Texas A&M Maritime Academy

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is an integral part of Texas A&M University at Galveston. The Corps of Cadets consists of four different groups of students:

  1. The Merchant Marine Licensing (LO) program Graduate and Undergraduate Cadets seeking licenses to work as Merchant Marine Officers. The LO Program requires a minimum of three (3) years at Texas A&M Maritime Academy.
  2. LO/SSOP - Cadets in the Licensing Program who are also in the Strategic Sealift Officers Program, which is a U.S. Navy reserve program. Click here to read about these program requirements.
  3. The NROTC College Program. Cadets, called Midshipmen, in this program are competing for Navy scholarships, and agree to serve in the U.S. Navy after graduation. Click here to read about these program requirements.
  4. Drill and Ceremonies - Cadets who desire to live the regimented lifestyle of the Corps and to improve their leadership skills, but without a commitment to either of the above programs.

All of these groups, although different in function, are in the Corps of Cadets. Cadets wear uniforms to school, jointly participate in training and other Corps activities.  

Academic Programs 

Cadets seeking the Texas A&M Maritime Academy U.S. Merchant Marine (LO) licensing may choose to major in Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Biology License Option, Marine Sciences License Option, and the Masters of Maritime Administration and Logistics. Navy ROTC Midshipmen may choose any major offered at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Military Obligation 

  • Cadets who are  seeking Merchant Marine Licensing (License Option or LO Cadets) do not have a military obligation.
  • Cadets in the LO program may apply for the Strategic Sealift Officers Program (SSOP) which provides financial benefits in college and an obligation to participate in the U.S. Navy reserve program after graduation.
  • Cadets in the Navy ROTC Midshipmen compete for scholarships and enter a contractual agreement to serve active duty in the U.S. Navy upon graduation.


Cadets receive training aboard the Training ship (GENERAL RUDDER), as well as bridge simulation facility, radar training facility, shore side maritime safety training facilities. Buildings include a student center, seven residence halls, library, classroom buildings, a physical education facility, and other recreational facilities.