Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

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 primarily for working professionals in the U.S. 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 PhD 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 individuals 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


The MME program is intended primarily for working professionals, and not for international students on temporary visa (such as F-1, J-1, etc.). To be unconditionally admitted to the MME program, an applicant should have:

  1. a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical 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. three letters of rec­ommendation attesting to the student’s capacity to perform in the classroom and in working environment.  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
  4. a statement of purpose that is consistent with the areas of instruction 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
  5. Payment of non-refundable application fee

Please visit the Graduate Program Application page for more information: http://www.me.uh.edu/graduate/application.

Degree Requirements


Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

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

  • Twenty-one hours from the MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of graduate seminar (MECE 6111) and Graduate Project (MECE 6368). 
  • Nine hours 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 six hours from one academic unit (department or program). The up-to-date list of approved courses will be posted in the department Graduate Office. Up to six hours of elective coursework can be completed by enrollment in the design sequence MECE 6368 & 6369. The coursework project typically consists of designing (and if feasible, constructing) an engineering apparatus under the supervision of a faculty member. The student cannot enroll in MECE 6368 until a faculty member has consented to supervise the student. The project may be assigned to the student by the advisor, or it may be submitted to the advisor for approval. Course credit for the project is not awarded until the advisor has approved of the completed project.
  • No more than 3 hours of individual study (MECE 6x98), apart from the Project Option.

Department/Program Academic Policies


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 all MECE courses, if a student receives a grade “C+” or lower on an MECE course, and repeats the course with a better grade, the lower grade is dropped in the calculation.

Transfer Policies

A student admitted to the MSME program may transfer to the MME program by petition to the Graduate Director, if the student has completed twenty-one hours in the MSME program; currently has at least a 2.80 grade point average on all MECE courses.

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