Maritime Administration - 5-year bachelor of science/master of maritime administration and logistics

This program allows Maritime Administration (MARA) majors to enter the graduate program for a Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics at the beginning of their senior year, enabling students to receive their MARA undergraduate degree (B.S.) and a Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics (MMAL) graduate degree in five years.

Students admitted to the 5-year degree program will have completed 92 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor's degree. These courses must include the specific prerequisites for a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Administration, as well as the required Texas A&M University core curriculum courses.

Maritime Administration majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 92 hours by the fall of their fourth year will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Applicants to the 5-year program will submit the same materials (including GMAT scores) as other MMAL applicants, and those whose records are judged to be competitive by the mid-January deadline will be admitted. Admission criteria will be the same as for other MMAL students.

Students who choose not to finish the MMAL degree after being admitted to the 5-year program may exit the program at any time. Completed MMAL courses will be applied to their bachelor's degree in Maritime Administration, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MMAL program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor's degree in Maritime Administration when the requirements for that degree are completed. Those who pursue the joint program will receive both degrees upon completion of the entire 5-year program. Students will not graduate with a bachelor's degree in year four, but rather will earn both their Bachelor of Science and Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics at the end of year five.

Admitted students will be enrolled in Maritime Administration and Logistics graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during the fall of their fourth year and will be re-classified as degree seeking master's students (G7) upon completing 107 credit hours. This will normally occur at the beginning of the spring semester of year four. Students will take 9 fewer undergraduate credit hours. Graduate courses taken in the fifth year program will be counted double, as credit towards their MMAL degree and as substitutes for MARA and free electives required for the bachelor's degree.

Students will be required to complete 36 graduate hours. The graduate hours will include 7 core courses (21 credits) in economics, management, operations and logistics with 15 credit hours of electives. The electives will be chosen according to the interest of the student in either the Maritime Policy and Law track or the Shipping and Port Management track. Students will also take 21 hours of undergraduate level MARA electives that must include MARA 416 in order to satisfy the TAMU intensive writing requirement.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MARA 205Introduction to Ships and Shipping 14
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
MARA 250Management Information Systems 12
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
American history 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences 25
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting 13
ECON 202Principles of Economics 13
MARA 301Ocean Transportation I 13
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business 13
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting 13
ECON 203Principles of Economics 13
MARA 212Business Law 13
MARA 281Seminar in Undergraduate Research Methods 11
MARA 304Ocean Transportation II 13
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MARA 373Personnel Management 13
MARA 421Admiralty Law 13
SCMT 303Statistical Methods 13
Elective in MARA 1,33
Elective in life and physical sciences 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MARA 440Global Economy and Enterprise Management 13
MGMT 481Seminar in Management 11
Creative arts 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Elective in MARA 1,36
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 92
Fourth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MARA 627Marketing of Transportation Services 3
MARA 636Managerial Decision Making 3
MARA 641Financial Management in Marine Transportation 3
Elective in MARA 1,36
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARA 623Economic Issues in Shipping 3
MARA 664Production, Operations and Logistics Management 3
Elective in MARA 1,36
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
MARA 624Intermodal Transportation Operations 3
MMAL elective 46
General elective 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
MMAL elective 49
MARA 610International Strategic Planning and Implementation 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 52

All electives must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the student's academic advisor. Unless courses are specifically listed, see University Core Curriculum at http://core.tamu.edu/ for a listing of course options for Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government and Political Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 6-hour University Core Curriculum requirement for International and Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.

The total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English, foreign language or International and Cultural Diversity courses.

1

Indicates required courses in the Maritime Administration major. These courses will be used to compute the major GPR. At the time of graduation, a MARA major must have a GPR of at least 2.25 in their major. A MARA major must achieve a grade of 'C' or better in ACCT 229, ACCT 230ECON 202, ECON 203 and SCMT 303 as a graduation requirement. These courses may be repeated as necessary to meet this requirement, and the requirement applies to courses taken at TAMUG or offered for transfer from other institutions.

2

Students may satisfy the 9-credit hours of Life and Physical Science requirement through any combination of one, three or four credit hour courses.

3

Students are required to complete 21 credit hours of MARA electives that must include MARA 416 to satisfy the intensive writing requirement. Students should choose 6 hours from the following courses: ACCT 315, ACCT 316, ECON 311, ECON 323, ECON 452, MARA 342, MARA 401,MARA 402, MARA 416, MARA 424, MARA 435, MARA 450, MARA 460, MARA 470, MARA 475,  MARA 484, MARA 485, MARA 489MARA 491, MARA 493, and SCMT 336.

4

Choose 15 credit hours from the following graduate level MMAL elective courses: MARA 604, MARA 616, MARA 640, MARA 650,MARA 652, MARA 658, MARA 660, MARA 670, MARA 672, MARA 673, MARA 675,  MARA 684, MARA 685, MARA 689, MARA 691, MARS 620, MARS 640, MARS 660MARS 676.

5

Credit by examination given for MARA 363 and MARA 466.