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About the Subsea Engineering Online M.S. Program

The UH Cullen College of Engineering’s subsea engineering online M.S. program is not your typical online course. The flexible and innovative online program in subsea engineering includes live videos of lectures, interactive web-based discussions and opportunities for one-on-one learning experiences.

 

Why the University of Houston?

The University of Houston is home to the nation’s first subsea engineering graduate program and is the central player in an international effort to standardize subsea engineering education at universities around the world. UH is the leader of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, a partnership between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin that aims to ensure the safety of offshore energy production for years to come. UH is also the leader of the Subsea Systems Institute, a collaboration with Rice University, NASA Johnson Space Center, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College and Lone Star College to conduct research and develop technologies to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Careers in Subsea Engineering

Career opportunities for subsea engineers are fantastic, especially in the city of Houston, the energy capital of the world. Offshore oil and gas reserves are increasingly important sources of energy, as well as a significant driver of the international economy. There are billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas predicted to lie within federally controlled waters in the Gulf of Mexico alone, including off the coast of Texas. The major problem is that the reserves lie underneath 10,000 feet of water, presenting unprecedented engineering challenges. As such, nearly every energy company operating in the offshore sector employs subsea engineers, and demand for engineers with expertise in developing offshore energy resources continues to rise.

A 2015 salary survey produced by PayScale.com found that subsea engineers earn an average salary of $93,618.

 

Courses and Curriculum

The Master of Science in subsea engineering at the University of Houston is a non-thesis, 10-course graduate curriculum program. A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering related field is required in order to apply for the subsea engineering program. The curriculum is comprised of three primary categories. The subsea engineering courses are available online and face-to-face in a classroom setting.

 

Degree Plan

Category 1: Required Courses

Every student must take this required three-course sequence. These courses serve as the foundation of the engineering science knowledgebase needed for the remaining graduate curriculum.

Required Courses SCH
MECE 6384 Methods of Applied Mathematics   3
MECE 6334 Convection Heat Transfer   3
SUBS 6310 Flow Assurance   3
Category 2: Restricted Electives

The courses listed below have been specifically developed for the Subsea Engineering Graduate Program. Every student must take at least three of the courses from this prescribed elective list. Additional Subsea Engineering courses are currently being developed and will be added to this list. Students may submit a graduate petition if deviations from this requirement makes sense for individual career paths.

Subsea Elective Courses SCH
SUBS 6320 Riser Design   3
SUBS 6330 Pipeline Design   3
SUBS 6340 Subsea Processing and Artificial Lift   3
SUBS 6350 Subsea Controls and Systems Engineering   3
SUBS 6351 Design of Blowout Preventers   3
SUBS 6360 Materials and Corrosion   3
SUBS 6370 Computational Methods and Design Experiments   3
SUBS 6380 Subsea Systems   3
Category 3: Electives

Categories 1 and 2 have prescribed 6 of the 10 mandatory courses that are required for the MS in Subsea Engineering. This leaves a maximum of 4 courses that can be selected by the student subject to approval by the Director prior to taking the course(s). Subsea Engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering field, so students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course from another department or program within the Cullen College of Engineering. Students are also allowed to take Subsea Engineering courses as well with their remaining four electives. The Mechanical Engineering and Subsea Engineering graduate courses applicable to MS in Subsea Engineering include:

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING COURSES SCH
MECE 6335 Heat Transfer with Phase Change         3
MECE 6341 Viscous Flow Theory         3
MECE 6353 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics         3
MECE 6361 Mechanical Behavior of Materials         3
MECE 6363 Physical Metallurgy         3
MECE 6397 Mathematics for Subsea Engineers         3
MECE 6397 Feedback Control Systems         3
MECE 63XX Selected Courses require approval from Program Director         3
MECE 7361 System Identification         3
 
SUBSEA ENGINEERING COURSES SCH
SUBS 6320 Riser Design         3
SUBS 6330 Pipeline Design         3
SUBS 6340 Subsea Processing and Artificial Lift         3
SUBS 6350 Subsea Controls and Systems Engineering         3
SUBS 6351 Design of Blowout Preventers         3
SUBS 6360 Materials and Corrosion         3
SUBS 6370 Computational Methods and Design Experiments         3
SUBS 6380 Subsea Systems         3

A description of the courses listed above and all graduate subsea engineering courses can be obtained from the UH Graduate Catalog: http://publications.uh.edu/index.php?catoid=13.

 

Additional Information:

For degree objectives and application information:
http://subsea.egr.uh.edu/graduate-program/master-science

For admission requirements, advising, and other information specific to the subsea engineering program:
http://subsea.egr.uh.edu/graduate-program/admissions

Application forms and other information related to admission can be obtained by e-mailing the Graduate Admission Analyst at subsea-advisor [at] me [dot] uh [dot] edu

To receive additional information regarding this program contact the Program Advisors:

  • Jenna Donnelly, Academic Advisor
    713-743-4522 | subsea-advisor [at] me [dot] uh [dot] edu

Subsea Engineering Program
N207 Engineering Bldg. 1,
4726 Calhoun Rd
Houston, TX 77204-4006
Phone: 713-743-4522