Maritime Business Administration - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Maritime Business Administration and Logistics

This program allows Maritime Business Administration (MBAU) majors to enter the graduate program for a Master of Maritime Business Administration and Logistics at the beginning of their senior year, enabling students to receive their Bachelor of Science in Maritime Business Administration (MBAU) undergraduate degree and a Master of Maritime Business Administration and Logistics (MBAA) graduate degree in five years. 

Students admitted to the 5-year combined 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 Business Administration, as well as the required Texas A&M University core curriculum courses.

Maritime Business 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 combined program during their junior year. Applicants to the 5-year combined program will submit the same materials (including GMAT scores) as other MBAA applicants.  Those whose records are judged competitive, using the same admission criteria as for other MBAA students, will be admitted.

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

Admitted students will be allowed to enroll in Maritime Business 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 MBAA degree, and as substitutes and free electives required for the MBAU 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 consultation with an academic adviser.  Students will also take 21 hours of undergraduate level electives that must include MARA 416 in order to satisfy the TAMU intensive writing requirement.

The combined program requires a minimum record of 156 semester credit hours. All undergraduate courses are offered on the Galveston Campus. Graduate level courses may be offered as traditional format courses on the Galveston campus or via asynchronous distance education delivery.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MARA 205 Introduction to Ships and Shipping 1,2 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 4,6 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 3
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 1,4 3
MARA 250 Management Information Systems 1,5 2
MATH 142 Business Calculus 4,7 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
ACCT 229 Introductory Accounting 1,4 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 1,4 3
MARA 281 Seminar in Undergraduate Research Methods 1 1
MGMT 211 Legal and Social Environment of Business 1,5 3
Life and physical sciences 3 5
 Semester Credit Hours15
ACCT 230 Introductory Accounting 1,5 3
MARA 212 Business Law 1 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MARA 301 Ocean Transportation I 1 3
MARA 363 The Management Process 1 3
MARA 373 Personnel Management 1,10 3
MARA 421 Admiralty Law 1 3
SCMT 303 Statistical Methods 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARA 304 Ocean Transportation II 1 3
MARA 416 Port Operations, Administration and Economics 1,8 3
MARA 440 Global Economy and Enterprise Management 1,8,11 3
MGMT 481 Seminar in Management 1 1
Creative arts 3
MARA elective 1,13 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
MARA 624 Port Development and Intermodal Freight 12 3
MARA 627 Marketing of Maritime Services 12 3
MARA electives 1,13 6
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARA 466 Strategic Management 1,9 3
MARA elective 1,13 9
General elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fifth Year
Graduate Coursework 36
 Semester Credit Hours36
 Total Semester Credit Hours96
Graduate Coursework
MARA 610Maritime Strategic Management3
MARA 623Maritime Economics Theory and Applications 3
MARA 624Port Development and Intermodal Freight 123
MARA 627Marketing of Maritime Services 123
MARA 636Maritime Managerial Decision Making3
MARA 641Maritime Financial Management3
MARA 664Maritime Production, Operations and Logistics Management3
MMAL electives 1415
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 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 total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English or foreign language 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: