Texas A&M University at Galveston is the island campus of Texas A&M University dedicated to developing leaders who are changing the world. We educate nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students annually in maritime and maritime programs whose commitment to our Core Values positions them to fuel the blue economy now and in the future.


Texas A&M University at Galveston is leading the development of the blue economy in the Gulf of Mexico through education, innovation, discovery, scholarship and service. 

We focus on the economic, social, political and ecological vitality of our oceans and surrounding ecosystems to improve our understanding, stewardship and sustainability of our coasts and ocean resources. We engage in scholarship and research that helps protect our coastal communities and conserve our marine life and oceans. We are discovering smart shipping and safe port solutions, and contributing to an inclusive ecosystem with improved livelihoods and future jobs.  

As Texas's premier marine and maritime public institution of higher education, we serve the state and nation by providing excellence in education and training for the next generation of marine and maritime professionals. 

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We are the island campus of Texas A&M University, located 148 miles southeast of College Station in Galveston, TX where that fabled Aggie Spirit is as tangible as the sea breeze. Our students are Aggies by the Sea who receive a diploma from Texas A&M and their Aggie ring from the Association of Former Students. With our marine and maritime specialization, the Galveston Campus is critical to our land-, sea-, space-grant mission.

We have a rich history that began with creating the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in 1962 and remains the only maritime academy in the Gulf Coast region. We have since grown to become the specialized marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M, offering nearly 20 degree programs that prepare our graduates to drive the blue economy around the world.

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies in the nation, trains cadets for maritime service and employment worldwide. Cadets earn their professional U.S. Coast Guard license to serve on ocean-going and inland vessels that support the blue economy or our national security by commissioning for service in the U.S. Navy.

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Our academic programs prepare our graduates to pursue their field of passion in marine and maritime areas through adaptive and often hands-on degree programs that position them to serve the greater good near and far. Our world-renown faculty challenge our students to think critically, solve problems creatively, work as a team and lead with integrity.

We offer fifteen undergraduate and six graduate degree programs with majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation and a variety of complimentary minors such as diving, cybersecurity and ocean and coastal resources.

Texas A&M Maritime Academy graduates are among the most sought-after merchant officers for service in the armed forces, on ocean-going and inland vessels and in land-side maritime industries.

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The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is a highly specialized maritime education and training program that allows students to earn a Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer license to serve on ocean-going and inland waterway vessels and a four-year undergraduate degree.

Students choosing to enroll in the maritime academy become members of the Corps of Cadets or Navy ROTC and receive hands-on education and training, including during an international summer sea term that provides practical experience in seamanship, navigation and ship operations onboard a state training ship. The Navy ROTC program offers cadets the opportunity to qualify for a Navy commission.

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The campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston is on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas, surrounded by the environments and industries we serve. 

The waters of Galveston Bay lap at our shores, palm trees sway in the ocean breeze and birds perch among our protected marsh and wetlands. Students, faculty and staff enjoy access to a private beach and fishing dock, watching the dolphins play in the ship currents as they pass, and even boat rides in the ship channel.

Campus life includes cultural and social activities that celebrate our unique island community, its rich diversity and heritage and its prime coastal location a short drive from Houston.  

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Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science, engineering and business and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station.


As a branch campus of Texas A&M University, the Galveston Campus is included in Texas A&M’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate and professional levels. Questions about the accreditation of Texas A&M University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).

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