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.



Core Courses (24 Hours)


Course Title


MARS 625

GIS Based Modeling for Coastal Resources


MARS 615

Physical and Geochemical Marine Resources


MARS 635

Environmental Impact Statements and NRDA


MARS 676

Environmental Policy


MARA 604

Marine Natural Resource Economics


MARB 620

Marine Biological Resources


MARS 675

Environmental Management Strategies for Scientists


MARS 680

Integrative Analysis in Marine Resources*


MARS 652

Sustainable Management of Coastal Margins


Electives (12 hours required)*

MARS 602

Environmental Economics and Oceanography


MARS 610

Environmental Law


MARS 620

International Environmental Business Transactions


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 655

Wetlands Management


MARS 660

Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution


MARS 670

Eco-Environmental Modeling


MARS 681

Marine Science Seminar


MARS 684

Internship in Marine Resources Management


MARS 685

Directed Studies


MARS 689

Special Topics in Marine Resources Management


GEOG 666

Coastal Geomorphology**


OCNG 620

Biological Oceanography**


OCNG 627

Ecology of the Continental Shelf**


OCNG 630

Geological Oceanography**


OCNG 647

Chemical Contamination of the Marine Environment**


WFSC 628

Wetlands Ecology**


WFSC 640

Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Fisheries Management**


Thesis Option *

MARS 691

Research in Marine Science


*The 36 hour thesis option is structured with 22 hours of required courses, MARS 680 is not taken. In addition, 14 hours of elective courses will be taken of which 6 hours may be research hours (691). The list of electives above is by no means an exhaustive list.

**Courses offered by Texas A&M University. Please refer to the respective academic department for complete course descriptions. In general, these courses are offered by distance education for students based in Galveston.


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


Department of Marine Sciences

P.O. Box 1675

Galveston, TX 77573


Contact for more information.