Texas A&M Maritime Academy & the Corps of Cadets

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is one of six maritime academies in the United States.  We are a prestigious, highly specialized maritime training and education program embedded within Texas A&M University at Galveston, which is a branch of Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

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. The purpose of the Corps of Cadets is: To develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.

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.

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 Obligation

  • 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.



  • Click HERE to view pictures of Corps events/activities


  • Click HERE to visit the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Parents' Association Facebook page.


  • If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour of the Corps of Cadets facility (Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall), please email corpsinfo@tamug.edu.

  • Please note, Cadet/Staff-led tours are offered only during the Fall and Spring Semesters during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm). Tours are not available the week of finals or when the University is closed. Cadet/Staff-led tours are not available during the summer; however, you are welcome to visit the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall on your own. For security reasons, the T/S GENERAL RUDDER is not part of the Corps Tour.

    • Tours must be scheduled at least (5) University business days in advance.

  • The tour does not include visiting with department majors (i.e., Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, etc.). To schedule a visit with an academic department, please contact the department directly. Degree and department information can be found HERE.

  • To schedule a campus tour, please contact the Office of Admissions, please click HERE.