Facts about Branch Campuses
Texas A&M operates two branch campuses and three overseas centers.
The Texas A&M University at Galveston campus opened in 1964. With a current enrollment of about 2,000, degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University. The Galveston campus offers 10 marine-oriented bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in marine biology, marine resources management and maritime administration and logistics. The university also grants a doctoral degree in marine biology through the Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Degree Program in cooperation with Texas A&M University and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
Also a component of the Galveston campus, the Texas Maritime Academy is one of six seacoast maritime academies in the U.S. and the only maritime academy on the Gulf of Mexico coast. It provides opportunities for students to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. At the conclusion of the program, graduates can become licensed as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, or serve in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserves or U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2003, Texas A&M and the Qatar Foundation for Science and Community Development entered into an agreement to bring Texas A&M's top-ranked engineering programs to the Middle East by establishing a branch campus in Doha, Qatar, funded by Qatar Foundation. Today, Texas A&M University at Qatar enrolls more than 350 engineering students from more than 20 countries and recently moved into one of the largest and most advanced engineering education facilities in the world.
In addition to the branch campuses, in 2009, Texas A&M opened the Soltis Center for Research and Education in San Isidro, Costa Rica, which serves students, faculty and researchers year around.