Frequently Asked Questions

General Admissions Questions ♦ Marine Resources Management ♦ Marine Biology IDP ♦
Maritime Administration & Logistics ♦ License Option

General Admissions Questions

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation can be submitted by your recommenders through the Letter of Recommendation System.  Applicants will fill in all recommender information in AIS (Applicant Information System) after completing their ApplyTexas application and receiving confirmation from Texas A&M University at Galveston.  Letters of recommendation may also be mailed to:

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

Or emailed to gradstudies@tamug.edu.

Letters from academic community are preferred.

When is the deadline to take the GRE or GMAT?

Applicants are urged to submit their GRE or GMAT scores 6-8 weeks prior to the application date.

For applying to Texas A&M University at Galveston, use 6835 for the GRE code.

Have you received my GRE, transcripts, TOEFL, etc?

To determine the status of your application, please check AIS (Applicant Information System).

Where can I find more information about admissions requirements for international applicants?

To learn more about the admissions process for international applicants, please visit the TAMU’s Office of Admissions web site.

What is your contact information?

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Research and Graduate Studies Office
PO Box 1675
Galveston, TX 77553

gradstudies@tamug.edu

Marine Resources Management

What are the MARM application deadlines for Fall or Spring semester entrance?

The deadlines below refer to receiving the complete application (i.e. Letters of Recommendation, GRE Scores, etc.) and not just receiving the ApplyTexas application.

Fall Entrance
June 15

Spring Entrance
October 15

What is the minimum GRE score that I need in order to apply to MARM? 

The faculty admissions committee for MARM does not have a set minimum GRE score.  The admissions committee conducts a holistic review of an application. 

The average GRE quantitative score for accepted MARM applicants was 572 (old score) and 147 (revised score) for Fall 2012 entrance.  The average GRE verbal score for accepted MARM applicants was 550 (old score) and 152 (revised score) for Fall 2012 entrance.

What are the prerequisite courses for entering into MARM?

In addition to a good grade point average and GRE test scores, an applicant for the MARM program should have a solid science background. This background should include courses in biology (1 year), chemistry (1 year), physics/math (1 year), geology (1 semester), oceanography (1 semester), and economics (1 semester).  Students lacking in these prerequisites will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Leveling courses may be required upon acceptance into the program.  

What funding opportunities are available for MARM applicants?

Non-thesis master’s degree students are self-funded typically.  Master’s thesis degree students are supported on assistantships by their faculty advisor and/or the Marine Sciences Department.  For questions regarding available graduate teaching assistantships, please contact the Department of Marine Sciences.

Marine Biology IDP

When is the deadline to take the GRE?

Applicants are urged to submit their GRE scores prior to the application deadlines (depending on what campus you are submitting your application). 

For those applying to Texas A&M University at Galveston, use 6835 for the GRE code.
For those applying to Texas A&M University (College Station), use 6003 for the GRE code.
For those applying to Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, use 6849 for the GRE code.

What are the TAMUG MARB IDP application deadlines for Fall or Spring semester entrance?

For the Galveston campus only:

Fall Entrance
For Ph.D. applicants interested in funding opportunities, the complete application must be received and processed by December 1 (soft deadline) or by the hard, final deadline of March 15.  Remember, funding is typically given to qualified applicants who apply earlier. 

For all M.S. and Ph.D. applicants, please submit your application by May 15.  Please note that the university requires international applicants to submit their complete application by May 1.  The faculty admissions committee will conduct a review after each application deadline listed above. 

Spring Entrance
For Spring entrance, the complete application must be submitted by October 15.  For international applicants, please note that the university deadline to submit your complete application is October 1. 

What is the minimum GRE score that I need in order to apply to the MARB IDP? 

The faculty admissions committee for the MARB IDP does not have a set minimum GRE score.  The admissions committee conducts a holistic review of an application. 

The average GRE quantitative score for accepted TAMUG MARB IDP applicants was 620 (old score) and 156 (revised score) for Fall 2013 entrance.  The average GRE verbal score for accepted TAMUG MARB IDP applicants was 575 (old score) and 155 (revised score) for Fall 2013 entrance.

I have a faculty advisor agreement.  What do I do next?

For TAMUG MARB IDP M.S. thesis-option and Ph.D. applicants who have a faculty advisor agreement:

Please proceed to the next step of the admissions process: complete a ApplyTexas application.  To learn more details about the TAMUG MARB IDP admissions process, please visit Prospective Graduate Students.

What are the prerequisite courses for entering into the MARB IDP?

In addition to a good grade point average and GRE test scores, an applicant for the MARB IDP program should have a solid biology, chemistry and math/statistics course background. This background should include courses in general biology (2 courses), vertebrates, cell, invertebrates, genetics, general chemistry (2 courses), organic chemistry (2 courses) as well as calculus and statistics. Please look at the undergraduate Marine Biology curriculum listed in the TAMUG.edu website as an example.

What is the process of getting a faculty advisor agreement for the MARB IDP?

For M.S. thesis-option and Ph.D. applicants applying to the MARB IDP:
In the admissions process, the most critical and time consuming step is getting a faculty advisor agreement PRIOR to starting the application process.  To get a faculty advisor agreement, 1) select a faculty member(s) whose area of interest aligns with your interest and 2) contact them to arrange a meeting to discuss your background and interests.  For a list of faculty and their interests, please visit Participating Faculty.

Based on where the faculty member resides will determine which campus an applicant submits their application.  For example, a M.S. thesis-option applicant receives an agreement from a faculty member at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC).  Then the applicant applies to the MARB IDP at TAMU-CC rather than the Galveston (TAMUG) or College Station (TAMU) campus. 

MARB IDP M.S. non-thesis applicants can only apply to the Galveston campus, and will be assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance.

How early should I start searching for a faculty advisor in the MARB IDP?

M.S. thesis-option and Ph.D. applicants should start searching for a faculty advisor 9 to 12 months before applying.

If I submit my MARB IDP application without an advisor, will I be considered for the program?

Yes, if you are applying to the TAMUG MARB IDP M.S. non-thesis track.  For M.S. thesis-option and Ph.D. applicants, applications without an approved faculty advisor agreement will not be considered.  We advise getting a faculty advisor agreement before starting other steps in the admissions process.

Do I have to apply to the same campus as my faculty advisor in the MARB IDP?

For M.S. thesis-option and Ph.D. applicants, the location of your faculty advisor determines where you will apply.  Every student in the MARB IDP has a home campus that is defined by the location of their faculty advisor.  For example if a student is working with a faculty advisor in Galveston, then the student’s home campus is Galveston even though the student can take classes at either the College Station and/or Corpus Christi campus. 

What funding opportunities are available for TAMUG MARB IDP applicants?

Non-thesis master’s degree students are self-funded typically.  Master’s thesis degree and doctoral students are supported on assistantships by their faculty advisor.

Maritime Administration & Logistics

What are the MAAL application deadlines for Fall and Spring entrance?

The deadlines below refer to receiving the complete application (i.e. Letters of Recommendation, GMAT scores, etc.) and not just receiving the ApplyTexas application.

Fall Entrance
June 15

Spring Entrance
October 15

What is the minimum GMAT score that I need in order to apply to MAAL?

The faculty admissions committee for MAAL does not have a minimum GMAT score.  The admissions committee conducts a holistic review of an application.

The average GMAT quantitative score for accepted MAAL applicants was 27 for Fall 2012 entrance.  The average GMAT verbal score for accepted MAAL applicants was 53 for Fall 2012 entrance. 

What are the prerequisite courses for entering into MAAL?

Applicants applying to MAAL should have coursework background in Statistical Methods, Principles of Economics, Management Process, Financial/Managerial Accounting, and Management Information Systems.  Accepted applicants without these courses will be required to take undergraduate foundational courses as determined by the faculty admissions committee.

What funding opportunities are available for MAAL applicants?

Non-thesis master’s degree students are self-funded typically.  Master’s thesis degree students are supported on assistantships by their faculty advisor and/or Maritime Administration Department.

License Option

What is License Option?

License Option through the Texas Maritime Academy provides students opportunities to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel.  Graduates of the Texas Maritime Academy typically become licensed in the Merchant Marines.

License Option (or LO) students take 50-60 courses, which includes three required courses.

Can I add License Option as a Graduate Student?

License option is available for all students enrolled in a graduate program at Texas A&M University at Galveston.  Please note that there is a separate application process through the Texas Maritime Academy.

Who can I contact to find out more about License Option?

Please visit the Texas Maritime Academy to learn more about LO.