Marine Resources Management

In 2002, the Master of Marine Resources Management (MMRM) degree became the first graduate level degree to be approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to be offered at the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus. The Marine Resources Management program provides students with a broad understanding of coastal and ocean policy and management. This degree program views marine natural resources management and policy development from both an ecological and policy perspective. The degree may be viewed as comparable to an MBA as an alternative degree for people working in marine/ocean/coastal organizations. In addition, the degree program may address the needs of some public school science teachers seeking a degree outside the field of education.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for both continuing students and professionals engaged in management of our ocean and coastal resources.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available in this degree,  with courses in economics, policy, law and management well as physical, biological, and information science - all focused on our coasts and oceans. The demand for graduates in industry, government, academia and non-governmental organizations has never been stronger. Federal agencies employing graduates include the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency. State agencies include the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Industries employing graduates include oil and natural gas, environmental consulting companies, ports, and tourism. These organizations have identified the need for a degree which focuses on national and international ocean resource law and policy; coastal zone management; physical and geochemical marine resources management strategies; and fisheries management.

Program Details

The Marine Resources Management program is a 36 hour degree. Twenty-four hours of required courses constitute the core of the non-thesis program. Twelve additional hours are taken by students as electives according to their particular professional interests. Students who opt to write a thesis will fulfill the requirement by taking twenty-two hours of the core curriculum (MARS 680 is not used) and taking an additional 14 hours of electives of which six credits may be used toward original research for the thesis option degree. For more information, please consult the Texas A&M University at Galveston catalog at


Students applying to the Marine Resources Management program should have a broad base science and economics background with course work in the following areas: biology, chemistry, physics, advanced mathematics, geology, oceanography, and economics.

Required Application Credentials:
  • ApplyTexas application with essay

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Official GRE scores; less than 5 years old

  • Three letters of recommendation, either academic or professional

  • Professional résumé

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Attn: Graduate Studies Office
P.O. Box 1675
Galveston, TX 77553

Contact for more information.

Please see our Deadlines to Apply page for program specific deadlines for each semester.



Credit Hours for the
Master of Marine Resources Management Degree










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Typical Courses Offered


Course Title

MARS 603

Quantitative Methods for Resource Management

MARS 604

Quantitative Methods for Resource Management II

MARS 610

Environmental Law

MARS 615

Physical and Geochemical Marine Resources

MARS 620

International Environmental Business Ethics

MARS 625

GIS Use in Coastal Resources

MARS 626

Advanced GIS for Coastal Systems

MARS 635

Environmental Impact Statements and NRDA

MARS 638

Avian Diversity and Habitats as Coastal Resources

MARS 640

Environmental Administrative Law

MARS 645

Wildlife Law and Ethics

MARS 650

Geochemical Marine Resources Management

MARS 652

Sustainable Management of Coastal Margins

MARS 655

Wetlands Management

MARS 656

Coastal Water Policy

MARS 658

Fisheries Management Strategies

MARS 660

Environmental Conflict Resolution

MARS 670

Eco-Environmental Modeling

MARS 675

Environmental Management Strategies

MARS 676

Environmental Policy

MARS 680

Integrative Analysis in Marine Resources

PLAN 641

Problems of Environmental Planning Administration

PLAN 642

Planning for Coastal Sustainability and Resiliency

GEOG 665

GIS-Based Spatial Analysis and Modeling