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Texas A&M Maritime Academy & the Corps of Cadets

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is a prestigious, highly specialized maritime training and education program that is embedded within Texas A&M University at Galveston, which is a branch of Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

The mission of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy is to provide the maritime industries of the State of Texas and the United States with highly trained and professional U.S. Coast Guard licensed Merchant Officers (deck/engine) to serve on ocean-going and inland waterways vessels. To meet this mission, the Texas A&M Maritime Academy includes a Corps of Cadets. The purpose of the Corps of Cadets is: To develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.

Partnered with the Office of the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets is the Navy ROTC program, which provides the opportunity for qualified Cadets to commission and serve in the Strategic Sealift Officers (SSO) program. Cadets also have the option to request active duty in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps (Platoon Leaders Course – PLC) or a direct commission in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Academic Programs

  • Cadets seeking the Texas A&M Maritime Academy U.S. Merchant Marine License Option (LO) 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 Cadets 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 degrees in Maritime Business under the Masters of Administration and Logistics degree program, with the License Option.

Military Obligation

  • Cadets who are  seeking the U.S. Merchant Marine Licensing Option (LO) do not have a military obligation.

  • LO Cadets 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 after graduation.

  • NROTC Cadets compete for scholarships and enter a contractual agreement to serve active duty in the U.S. Navy upon graduation.



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  • If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please email

    • Please note, tours are offered during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm) when the University is open.  Tours are not available when the University is closed. For security reasons, the T/S GENERAL RUDDER is not part of the Corps Tour.

      • Tours must be scheduled at least five (5) University business days in advance.

    • The tour does not include visiting with department majors (i.e., Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, etc.). To schedule a visit with an academic department, please contact the department directly. Degree and department information can be found at