Dec 08, 2023
Cullen College of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering > Mechanical Engineering, MSME
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an active graduate program encompassing advanced study and research in the major areas of dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, materials science and engineering, and theoretical and computational mechanics. Current research topics include:
- computational fluid dynamics applied to problems ranging from the circulatory system and to the dynamics of offshore platforms;
- control of complex systems such as engine exhaust after-treatment, orbiting spacecraft, and structures built from smart materials;
- health monitoring and design optimization applied to a range of structures from micro-scale devices to bridges;
- biomedical research into biosensing, micro-scale bioreactors and health prognostics of the cardiovascular system;
- experimental studies of turbulent flows occurring in energy systems and two-phase flows in micro-scale heat exchangers.
Research activities in nanomechanics include:
- structure-property relationships
- strain-quantum behavior in quantum dots
- nanoscale piezoelectricity
- the application of magnetic nanostructures to sensors and biomedical devices.
Our materials engineering activities are driven by applications of composite materials to wind turbines and offshore structures, ceramic components for aerospace systems, and superconducting materials for imaging and energy systems.
To be unconditionally admitted to the M.S. thesis or non-thesis program, an applicant should have:
- a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field, preferably from an accredited engineering program.
- a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.00 on the last 60 semester credit hours attempted exclusive of grades received for activities such as seminars, physical education, industrial internships, etc.
- an adequate score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE. However, 160 to 163 is a typical average score on the Quantitative section across all degree programs for an admission class.
- International students must demonstrate English language proficiency either through submission of qualifying test scores or completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States. For more information, visit the International Graduate Students page.
- three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s capacity to perform in the classroom and (for applicants to the thesis program) in a research capacity. A minimum of two letters should be from tenure-track faculty members who have observed the academic performance of the applicant, and one can come from an engineering industry supervisor.
- a statement of purpose that is consistent with the areas of instruction and (for applicants to the thesis program) the current research areas within the Department. The “Application for Financial Aid and Statement of Purpose” form available on the Application section of this website allows the applicant to specify areas of interest, and it lists issues to address in the statement of purpose.
- Submitted required, non-refundable application fee ($25 domestic students/$75 international students).
Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0
Program of Study for the M.S. Program with Thesis
The program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:
Program of Study for the M.S. Program without Thesis
The program requires successful completion of 30 hours of course work distributed as follows:
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 overall courses, and separately, at least a 3.00-grade point average on the twenty-one or more hours comprised of all MECE courses and the course(s) used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.
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