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 commission into 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 any course of study.
Apply to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy
Apply to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy


  • Prospective cadets must first be accepted into TAMUG before they can be accepted into the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, regardless of program. Those applying to the graduate program should visit the graduate studies website.
Get a Physical
Get a Physical

All Texas A&M Maritime Academy Cadets are required to complete a Merchant Mariner physical. 

NOTE: Cadets participating in NROTC/SSMP will receive a DODMERB physical at a later date.


The following vaccinations are required for License Option cadets prior to sailing.
  • Dip-tetanus1
  • Hep-A (2 series)
  • Hep-B (3 series)
  • Varicella
  • TB skin test
  • 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

The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) is required for Cadets in a License Option program. To apply for a TWIC, visit the Transportation Security Administration's website and follow the instructions listed under the "Apply" Section.

Drill and Ceremonies Cadets and NROTC Midshipmen not participating in the Strategic Sealift Midshipmen Program are not required to obtain a TWIC.

Apply for Cadet Housing
Apply for Cadet Housing

All Cadets are required to live in TAMMA Hall (unless approved for off-campus housing). Final approval to live off-campus is determined by the Director of Campus Living & Learning.

You must submit an online housing application to be assigned to TAMMA Hall.

Cadets who meet the following criteria may submit a written request via email to the Office of the Commandant for consideration to live off-campus. These cadets will be assigned to a company during O-Week and will remain in that company and participate in all Corps activities through the completion of their first semester. Assignment to Victor Company is a privilege earned based on an end of semester review by the Office of the Commandant.

  • Married and/or residing with dependents in the Galveston County area; or
  • 25 years of age or older before the first day of classes for the semester of entry; or

Off-campus housing may be considered by the Commandant to those individuals who are veterans or prior service members. Requests should be submitted via email to the Office of the Commandant with the cadet's DD-214.

Off-campus housing requests should be submitted to corpsinfo@tamug.edu.

More information about housing can be found at https://www.tamug.edu/cll/

Attend New Student Conference
Attend New Student Conference

Register for and attend New Student Conference.

New Student Conference is where cadets register fo their classes.

  • All cadets must register for ZOPT 100 Corps Activity.
  • NROTC/SSMP cadets must register for ZOPT 100 NROTC
  • License Option cadets must register for ZOPT 300 Deck or Engine depending on their license program.

Information about New Student Conference can be found here.

Attend Howdy Week & SALT Camp
Attend Howdy Week & SALT Camp

Register for and attend Howdy Week & SALT Camp.

Cadets should plan to attend Howdy Week 1 and SALT Camp 2 for the Fall 2022 semester. Find information about Howdy Week & SALT Camp here.

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

Incoming cadets must register for O-Week course prior to arrival on campus.

Fall 2022 O-Week will be August 14 - August 19.

CLICK HERE for more information about O-Week.