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Mechanical Engineering

About the Mechanical Engineering Online M.S. Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) offers an online Master of Science in mechanical engineering degree. Our online MS program is the same (content, rigor etc.) as the traditional face-to-face program. The mechanical engineering graduate program provides students with an educational experience grounded in the engineering sciences and focused on producing a professional capable of systematically applying those sciences to solve real-world problems. The program encompasses advanced study and research in the areas of applied mechanics, control of dynamical systems, materials science, thermal and fluid sciences, and biomedical engineering.


Why the University of Houston?

Graduate students are taught by the world’s leading mechanical engineering researchers and are prepared to take on leadership positions in industry, government or academia in the Houston region and beyond. The M.S. degree plan in mechanical engineering specifically addresses the needs of students who seek to study engineering sciences as applied to the energy industry. Graduates of the mechanical engineering programs at UH are in high demand in the thriving Houston economy — in fact, 94 percent of students earning their bachelor’s degrees secure full-time jobs before graduation.


Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Career opportunities for mechanical engineers are excellent, especially in the city of Houston, the energy capital of the world. Alumni of the mechanical engineering graduate programs can be found in leadership positions in a variety of fields throughout the Houston region and around the world.

A 2015 salary survey produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that new graduates with an M.S. in mechanical engineering earn an average starting salary of $70,161.


Courses and Curriculum

The online graduate program in Mechanical Engineering requires successful completion of 30 hours of course work distributed as follows:

  • Three hours from the course MECE 6384 Methods of Applied Mathematics I.
  • Nine hours of core courses, consisting of one course from each of the three areas chosen from:
    1. Controls: MECE 6367 Control Systems Analysis and Design; MECE 6374: Nonlinear Control Systems.
    2. Materials: MECE 6361 Mechanical Behavior of Materials; MECE 6363 Physical Metallurgy; MECE 6364: Phase Transform in Materials.
    3. Mechanics: MECE 6377 Continuum Mechanics I; Advanced Mechanics of Solids.
    4. Thermo-Fluids: MECE 6334 Convection Heat Transfer; Advanced Fluid Dynamics I.
  • Nine hours of elective courses from the MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of graduate seminar (MECE 6111) and Graduate Project (MECE 6368).
  • Nine hours of elective courses at the 6000-level or above from a list of approved courses in the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, the Bauer College of Business, and the UH Law Center, with no more than three hours from one academic unit (department or program). Click here for the up-to-date list of approved courses. Three hours can be satisfied by completing the directed-study Graduate Project course, MECE 6368. A statement of the intent of the directed study must be approved by petition to the Graduate Director prior to registration in MECE 6368. A report describing the results of the project must be filed with, and archived by, the instructor at the end of the course.

If a graduate course is dual-listed with an undergraduate 5000-level section, the student must enroll in the graduate section. Approval of any course that falls outside of the description given here must be requested by petition to the Director of Graduate Studies. Approval must be received prior to enrollment in the course. Non-thesis students should not enroll in research or thesis courses (6x98, 6399, 7399).

The graduation requirements for this program are at least a 3.00 grade point average over all courses, and separately, at least a 3.00 grade point average on all MECE courses, including MECE 6384. In calculating the grade point average on MECE courses, if a student receives a grade “C+” or lower on an MECE course, and repeats the course (or takes an equivalent course approved by the Director of Graduate Study) with a better grade, the lower grade is dropped in the calculation.


Additional Information

For degree objectives and application information:

For admission requirements, advising, and other information specific to the mechanical engineering program:

Application forms and other information related to admission can be obtained by e-mailing the Graduate Advisor at megrad [at] (megrad[at]uh[dot]edu).

To receive additional information regarding the mechanical engineering online M.S. program, contact the program advisors: megrad [at] (megrad[at]uh[dot]edu).

Mechanical Engineering Department
Engineering Building 1, Room N207
4226 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-4006
Phone: 713-743-4505