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.
Up to 3 courses may be required for students who are admitted conditionally into the program or who did not take these courses in their previous education:
- MATH 3321 - Engineering Mathematics (or equivalent)
MATH 3363 - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (or equivalent)
- MECE 3363 - Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (or equivalent)
- MECE 4364 - Heat Transfer (or equivalent)
Category 1: Required Courses (3 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.
|Methods of Applied Mathematics*
|Convection Heat Transfer
*Alternate Math Courses:
- SUBS 6305 Mathematics for Subsea Engineers
- MECE 6385 Methods of Applied Mathematics II
- CHEE 6330 Foundation of Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
- CHEE 6331 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering I
- CHEE 6332 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering II
- PETR 6338 Applied Mathematical Methods in Petroleum Engineering
Category 2: Restricted Electives (6 courses)
The courses listed below have been specifically developed for the Subsea Engineering Graduate Program. Every student must take at least six 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
|Mathematics for Subsea Engineers
|Subsea Processing and Artificial Lift
|Subsea Controls and Systems Engineering
|Design of Blowout Preventers
|Materials and Corrosion
|Computational Methods and Design Experiments
|Subsea Control Theory
|Design for Oil and Gas
|Guide To Engineering Data Science
|Advanced Flow Assurance
Category 3: Suggested Electives (1 course)
Categories 1 and 2 have prescribed 9 of the 10 mandatory courses that are required for the MS in Subsea Engineering. This leaves 1 course that can be selected by the student subject to approval by the Director, through a graduate petition form, 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. However, students may take a Subsea Engineering course as their final elective. The Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering graduate courses applicable to MS in Subsea Engineering include:
|MECHANICAL ENGINEERING COURSES
|Heat Transfer with Phase Change
|Viscous Flow Theory
|Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
|Mechanical Behavior of Materials
|Feedback Control Systems
|Selected Courses require approval from Program Director
|PETROLEUM ENGINEERING COURSES
|Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
|Reservoir Engineering I
|Petroleum Fluid Properties and Phase Equilibria
|Well Drilling & Completion I
|Petroleum Production Operations
|Oil Field Facilities Design and Operation
|Petroleum Energy Markets
For each graduate program offered, students must have an overall G.P.A. of a 3.0 or higher. Any graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in four graduate courses (whether or not in repeated courses) is ineligible to receive an advanced degree at the university.
Each student assumes responsibility for being familiar with the academic program requirements as stated in the current catalogs of the college, university and this website.
For degree objectives and application information:
For admission requirements, advising, and other information specific to the subsea engineering program:
Application forms and other information related to admission can be obtained by e-mailing the Graduate Admission Analyst at subsea-advisor [at] me.uh.edu (subsea-advisor[at]me[dot]uh[dot]edu)
To receive additional information regarding this program contact the Program Advisors:
- Subsea Advisor
subsea-advisor [at] me.uh.edu (subsea-advisor[at]me[dot]uh[dot]edu)
Subsea Engineering Program
Engineering Building 1, Room N207
4226 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-4006