Maritime Administration - BS

The Maritime Administration undergraduate curriculum provides a solid background in the key areas of accounting, finance, marketing, law, economics and mathematics that are critical for today’s business professional. These courses lay the foundation for more advanced courses in international trade, inland waterways management, brokerage and chartering, organizational behavior, transportation economics, port and terminal management and other areas related to the maritime industry.

International trade is expanding as a result of the general increase in world-wide economic and political stability and this trend is expected to increase, as major economies such as China and Russia participate more fully in world-wide economic growth. The great majority of this expanded trade will be carried by ship. As a result, activity in American ports is expected to more than double in the next 20 years, and some ports in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to see a tripling of port activity. Additionally, the next 40 years will see greatly expanded oil and gas production in the deep waters of the western Gulf of Mexico. Taken together, these forces are now and will continue to positively affect demand for trained maritime professionals ashore. Maritime Administration graduates are ideally poised to meet the increasing demand for well educated maritime professionals.

Additionally, qualified undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics in five years time through the Department of Maritime Administration's 3+2 program.

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
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
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
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
MARA 363The Management Process 13
MKTG 321Marketing 13
SCMT 303Statistical Methods 13
Life and physical sciences 24
MARA elective 1,33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
FINC 341Business Finance 13
SCMT 364Operations Management 13
Creative arts 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
MARA elective 1,33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARA 373Personnel Management 13
MARA 421Admiralty Law 13
MARA 440Global Economy and Enterprise Management 1,43
MARA elective 1,36
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MARA 466Strategic Management 1,43
MGMT 481Seminar in Management 11
General elective 4
MARA elective 1,36
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

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. 

To earn the economics minor, the student's elective hours must include ECON 311, ECON 323 and ECON 452. For additional requirements of the economics minor, please see the website:  


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 230, ECON 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.


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


Students should select 18 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 489, MARA 491, MARA 493 and SCMT 336.


Designated writing intensive course.