A College Education with a Unique Experience    

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is a highly specialized maritime training and education program embedded within Texas A&M University at Galveston. It is one of seven maritime academies in the United States and the only one located on the Gulf of Mexico. 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.

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 all graduate programs with the License Option.

Military Obligations

  • 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 Midshipman Program (SSMP) 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.


Apply to the University
Apply to the University
  • Admission into the Texas A&M Maritime Academy requires admission into Texas A&M University at Galveston. You may complete the admissions application at www.applytexas.org.
  • If you are applying as License Option, you must major in Marine Transportation, Marine Biology, Marine Engineering Technology or Marine Sciences, or any Graduate Studies-LO Program.
  • NROTC applicants can major in anything they wish.
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston will not be accepting applications for the Marine Transportation major for the Spring or Summer term.
Apply to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy
Apply to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy


Important Dates for Cadet Applications

Deadline for completed TAMMA applications Fall 2021 is May 1st 2021.

Get a Physical
Get a Physical


Texas A&M Maritime Academy License Option Cadets have a different physical than NROTC. Make sure you fill out the correct Physical Form. NOTE If you are License Option AND also pursuing the Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program (SSMP), YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH PHYSICALS (the Merchant Mariner Physical Examination AND DODMERB).

The following vaccinations are required.
  • Dip-tetanus1
  • Hep-A (2 series)
  • Hep-B (3 series)
  • Varicella
  • TB skin test2
  • Polio
  • MMR
  • Meningitis
  • Tetanus should be within the last 10 years
  • TB skin test within the last year
Applying for a TWIC Card
Applying for a TWIC Card

All cadets must have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). This is a credential issued by the Transportation Security Administration that allows access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels, namely the training ship and dock facilities. Access to these facilities is a crucial part of the cadet training process regardless if you are License Option, NROTC, or Drill and Ceremonies so this credential is required for all incoming cadets.

Apply for Cadet Housing
Apply for Cadet Housing


All Cadets are required to live in on-campus housing (unless recommended for approval by the Commandant to the Department of Residence Life). Final approval to live off-campus is determined by the Director of the Department of Residence Life, not the Office of the Commandant. You must submit an online housing application and required deposit to be placed in Corps Housing. If you are not placed into Corps Housing, you may not be permitted to participate in the Corps of Cadets.

Cadets who meet the following criteria may submit a written request to the Office of the Commandant for consideration to live off-campus. Cadets who meet these criteria are not assigned to Victor Company automatically; rather they are assigned to a home unit during O-Week. Assignment to Victor Company is a privilege earned based on an end of semester review by the Office of the Commandant. Cadets meeting the criteria below and approved to live off-campus are required to participate in all Corps activities including formation.

  • Married
  • 25 years of age or older before the first day of classes for the semester of entry.

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Orientation Week (O-Week)
Orientation Week (O-Week)

O-Week for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Academic Year will begin with check-in from 0900-1300 (9:00 am-1:00 pm) on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. Training activities for O-Week will officially begin at 1330 (1:30 pm) and will conclude at 1730 (5:30 pm) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. 

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