The Department of Maritime Transportation offers students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a valuable Bachelor of Science degree whilst attaining their U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate’s License through the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. This combination will allow graduates to be successful in any number of thriving maritime-based careers. The License Option is also available in a number of other majors.

Undergraduate Degrees    

Marine Transportation, B.S.

The world moves by water. The vast majority of trade utilizes the oceans as a set of highways, and ports around the world continue to expand, both in size and in revenue. This degree utilizes expert faculty and industry experts to deliver a top quality classroom education in all things pertaining to maritime transportation. A heavy exposure to hands-on training helps to forge graduates that are ready to step seamlessly into this exciting industry.

Merchant Mariner’s License Option Available

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Texas A&M Maritime Academy  

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 six 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.

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Corps of Cadets       

Partnered with the Office of the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets is the Navy ROTC program, which provides the opportunity for qualified Cadets to commission and serve in the United States Navy. Cadets also have the option to request active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps (Platoon Leaders Course – PLC) or a direct commission in the U.S. Coast Guard. Cadets pursuing a US Merchant Marine Licensing Option (LO) do not have a military obligation.

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Maritime Transportation Guide  

Being located at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico gives our students plenty of hands-on experiences, and the expertly taught courses provide the fundamental knowledge required for graduates to succeed in this highly valued field. Students will have loads of career options, both on shore and at sea, which is enhanced with the License Option earned through the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

This guide provides an overview of our undergraduate degree, the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, and admissions information.