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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MS


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Cullen College of Engineering  > Department of Mechanical Engineering  > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MS

Graduate students interested in the related fields of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering can combine their studies in a Dual Mechanical/Aerospace Master’s degree program. The dual degree program allows students to obtain both a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering completing 45.0 credit hours of relevant graduate coursework. Hence, with the appropriate selection of graduate course within the Mechanical Engineering department and other departments students can be awarded both degrees, thereby significantly reducing the total number of credit hours needed if the two degrees were pursued separately.

Admission Requirements


New students should apply to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program for admission and indicate their interest to pursue the dual Mechanical/Aerospace MS degree. To be unconditionally admitted to the Dual MS program, an applicant should have:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or in a related field, preferably from an accredited engineering program.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL examination for students whose native language is not English.
  5. 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 tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have observed the academic performance of the applicant, and one can come from an engineering industry supervisor.
  6. 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.

Degree Requirements


Credit hours required for this degree: 45.0

Within the 45.0 completed credit hours, students must fulfill the program requirements for each separate degree. Hence, the course selections should simultaneously comply with the course requirements of the Mechanical Engineering MS program and the core area course requirements of the Aerospace Engineering MS program. Completion of the program with a Thesis option is possible and in this case the corresponding degree will be an MS with Thesis degree. Specific plan of study requirements for the Dual MS Program without Thesis and the Dual MS Program with Thesis are outlined below.

Program of Study for the Dual MS Program without Thesis


Graduate-Level Mathematics


Three hours of graduate-level mathematics satisfied by any of the following courses:

MECE Courses


Eighteen credit hours of coursework from MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of the graduate seminar (MECE 6111 ) and the Graduate Project (MECE 6368 ).

Aerospace Engineering Courses


Twelve credit hours of coursework from the approved Aerospace Engineering courses in the core areas of:

  1. Aerodynamics & Heat Transfer,
  2. Structural Mechanics and Materials, and
  3. Controls and Dynamics.

Additional Courses


Twelve credit hours of coursework at the 6000-level or above from any department in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. A total of no more than six credit hours can be from each the Bauer College of Business and Law. A total of no more than combined six credit hours can be from Petroleum Engineering, Subsea Engineering and Industrial Engineering. Three credit hours can be satisfied by completing the directed-study Graduate Project course, MECE 6368 .

Program of Study for the Dual MS Program with Thesis


Thesis Hours


Complete nine credit hours of thesis.

Graduate-Level Mathematics


Three credit hours of graduate-level mathematics satisfied by any of the following courses:

MECE Courses


Nine credit hours from of MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of graduate seminar (MECE 6111 ) and Graduate Project (MECE 6368 ).

Aerospace Engineering Courses


Twelve credit hours from the approved Aerospace Engineering courses in the core areas of:

  1. Aerodynamics & Heat Transfer,
  2. Structural Mechanics and Materials, and
  3. Controls and Dynamics.

College of Engineering or the College of Natural Science and Mathematics


Twelve credit hours at the 6000-level or above from any department in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Notes:


If a graduate course is dual-listed with an undergraduate 5000-level section, the student must enroll in the corresponding 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).

Academic Policies


The graduation requirements for the dual-degree program are:

  1. at least a 3.00/4.00 grade point average over all courses,
  2. a 3.00/4.00 grade point average on the courses comprised of the MECE courses,
  3. the course used to satisfy the mathematics requirement and
  4. the approved Aerospace Engineering core area courses.

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