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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Mechanical Engineering, MME

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Cullen College of Engineering  > Department of Mechanical Engineering  > Mechanical Engineering, MME

The Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) degree is offered as a non-thesis degree program aiming to provide depth of knowledge in selected areas of mechanical engineering, as well as broader knowledge in other engineering, science, business or law topics. The degree is suitable to engineering graduates and working professionals seeking to expand their technical skills for employment and advancement in mechanical engineering related fields. The program involves mechanical engineering graduate coursework in traditional areas of mechanical engineering, such as, mechanics, materials, thermo-fluid systems, automation and design. In addition, students can select elective courses outside the mechanical engineering department. Options include courses in other Cullen College of Engineering departments, the Bauer College of Business Administration, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the UH Law Center. This flexibility allows students to design a degree program that best matches their career goals.

The MME degree is viewed as a degree that will not lead to entry into the Ph.D. program. MME students are not eligible for financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships. The degree is course-based and it could be completed in 1 to 1 ½ years of full-time study or 2 to 3 years of part-time study. The degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines, with the completion of appropriate preparatory undergraduate mechanical engineering courses.

Please visit the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

To be unconditionally admitted to the M.M.E. 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
  • fulfillment of the English language proficiency requirement, either via degree completion or submitted test scores. See the International Graduate Students page for details
  • 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
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee ($25 domestic applicants/$75 international applicants)

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

The MME degree plan consists of the completion of 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work approved by the graduate advisor. The course work credit hour should comply with the following requirements:

30 credit hours distributed as:  

  • 15 hours from the MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of graduate seminar (MECE 6111) and Graduate Project (MECE 6368). 
  • 15 hours at the 6000-level or above from any department in the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Science, Business, and Law. 

Academic Policies

The graduation requirements are a 3.00 GPA overall, and separately, a 3.00 GPA on the 21 or more hours comprised of all MECE courses and the course(s) used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.

No more than 3 hours of individual study (MECE 6x98), apart from the Project Option.

Department Academic Policies

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