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.

ACCT 229Introductory Accounting3
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting3
ECON 203Principles of Economics3
FINC 341Business Finance3
MARA 205Introduction to Ships and Shipping 23
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 421Admiralty Law3
MARA 440Global Economy and Enterprise Management 33
MARA 466Strategic Management 33
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
MGMT 481Seminar in Management1
MKTG 321Marketing3
SCMT 303Statistical Methods3
SCMT 364Operations Management3
MARA electives 418
General electives5
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
MATH 142Business Calculus3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
American history electives6
Communication electives6
Creative arts elective3
Language, philosophy and culture elective3
Life and physical sciences electives 59
Total Semester Credit Hours120

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: