Through the Texas A&M Maritime Academy program, cadets deck and engine license candidates must accrue time at sea before they graduate. Time is earned during summer sea term journeys after freshman, sophomore and junior years. Cadets travel around the world gaining vital hands-on experience in operating a ship and dealing with port traffic.



The Gulf Region's Only 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 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.


Building The Leaders Of Tomorrow

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 U.S. Merchant Marine Licensing Option (LO) do not have a military obligation.