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 Midshipmen consists of four different groups of students:

  1. The Merchant Marine Licensing (LO) program Graduate and Undergraduate Midshipmen 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 - Midshipmen 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. 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 - Midshipmen 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.
  5. Veterans - Click here to read about requirements.

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

Academic Programs 

Midshipmen 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.

For those students who already have a Bachelor's degree, we also offer a "MBA" in Maritime Business under the Masters of Administration and Logistics degree program, with the License Option.  For more information see the next section, on How to apply to the Academy.

Military Obligation 

  • Midshipmen who are  seeking Merchant Marine Licensing (License Option or LO Midshipmen) do not have a military obligation.
  • Midshipmen 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.
  • Midshipmen in the Navy ROTC compete for scholarships and enter a contractual agreement to serve active duty in the U.S. Navy upon graduation.


Midshipmen 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.

Senior TMA Midshipman receiving coveted maroon uniform cover in recognition of passing all seven U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer licensing exams on the first attempt.

Midshipman Life

Email Questions to Corpsinfo@tamug.edu

2015-2016 Corps Operations Manual

2015-2016 Midshipman Instructions Manual

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy Viewbook

Schedule a Visit

Request an Information packet

Parents: Look at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Parent's Association FACEBOOK page for information and Q and A.