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 3.00 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.

Undergraduate Coursework
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting 13
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting 13
ECON 203Principles of Economics 13
SCMT 303Statistical Methods 13
MARA 205Introduction to Ships and Shipping3
MARA 212Business Law3
MARA 250Management Information Systems2
MARA 281Seminar in Undergraduate Research Methods1
MARA 301Ocean Transportation I3
MARA 304Ocean Transportation II3
MARA 363The Management Process3
MARA 373Personnel Management3
MARA 416Port Operations, Administration and Economics 23
MARA 421Admiralty Law3
MARA 440Global Economy and Enterprise Management3
MARA 466Strategic Management 33
MARA 624Intermodal Transportation Operations 43
MARA 627Marketing of Transportation Services 43
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
MGMT 481Seminar in Management1
MARA electives 518
University and College Requirements
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
MATH 142Business Calculus3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Life and physical sciences 69
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
American history6
General electives 75
Total Semester Credit Hours120
Graduate Coursework
MARA 610International Strategic Planning and Implementation3
MARA 623Economic Issues in Shipping3
MARA 624Intermodal Transportation Operations 43
MARA 627Marketing of Transportation Services 43
MARA 636Managerial Decision Making3
MARA 641Financial Management in Marine Transportation3
MARA 664Production, Operations and Logistics Management3
MMAL electives 815
Total Semester Credit Hours36


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 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.