Maritime Administration and Logistics

Approved in May of 2011, the Masters in Maritime Administration and Logistics (MMAL) degree is the newest graduate degree to be offered by Texas A&M University at Galveston. The curriculum prepares professionals for leadership positions in maritime transport and logistics in both the public and private sectors. The program builds on the highly successful undergraduate program in Maritime Administration.

Who Should Apply?

This Maritime Administration and Logistics program 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.

Program Details

The Maritime Administration and Logistics program is a 36 hour degree. Twenty-one required hours constitute the core of the program. Fifteen additional hours are taken by students as electives according to their particular professional interests, in a thesis or non-thesis format. The Maritime Policy and Law track is designed for those seeking to enter public service and focuses on environmental stewardship in the public and private sectors.  The Shipping and Port Management track is intended for those more interested in the commercial side of the maritime industry. Students may also choose five electives that are not structurally part of either two tracks if they prefer. Students who opt to write a thesis will fulfill the requirement by using six of the fifteen elective credits toward original research for the thesis option degree. For more information, please consult the Texas A&M University at Galveston catalog at


Students are assumed to be familiar with the basic accounting, finance, intermediate statistics, microeconomics and the essential elements of the management process.  The concepts in these courses are central to the courses that compose the Maritime Administration and Logistics graduate program.  These courses are common to many curricula and are found on most 4-year campuses. If students enrolling in the graduate program are not familiar with the contents of these courses, they can consult the undergraduate curricula in Maritime Administration at

Required Application Credentials:

  • ApplyTexas application with essay

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Official GMAT scores; less than 5 years old

  • Two 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.


Core Courses: 7 courses (21 credits) to establish a foundation in the management of maritime enterprise
Course Course Title Credits
MARA 610 International Strategic Planning and Implementation 3
MARA 623 Economic Issues in Shipping 3
MARA 641 Financial Management in Marine Transportation 3
MARA 627 Marketing of Transportation Services 3
MARA 624 Intermodal Transportation Operations 3
MARA 636 Managerial Decision Making 3
MARA 664 Production, Operations and Logistics Management 3
Shipping and Port Management Module (15 hours)
MARA 650 Distribution Logistics 3
MARA 652 Marine Transportation System Design and Policy 3
MARA 640 Global Logistics 3
MARA 616 Management of Port Facilities and Infrastructure 3
MARA 658 Port Design, Planning and Security 3
MARA 660 Risk Assessment and Marine Insurance 3
MARA 673 International Maritime Industry Graduate Management Experience 3
MARA 684 Professional Internship


Maritime Policy and Law Module (15 hours)
MARA 670 Coastal and Inland Waterways Transportation – Policy, Strategy and Management 3
MARA 672 The Maritime Global Trading System 3
MARA 604 Marine Natural Resource Economics 3
MARS 620 International Environment Business Transactions 3
MARS 635 Environmental Impact Statements and NRDA 3
MARS 640 Environmental Administrative Law 3
MARS 660 Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
MARS 676 Environmental Policy 3
Thesis Option : Research Hours in Place of 6 hours of electives
MARA 691 Research in Maritime Administration 6