The M.M.E. Programs


The M.M.E 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, and is not for international students on temporary visa (such as F-1, J-1, etc.). 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.
  • 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.

Acceptance to the program is based on a competitive combination of academic background, recommendation letters, and Statement of Purpose. A student admitted to the MSME program may transfer to the MME program by petition to the Graduate Director, if the student

  1. has completed twenty-one hours in the MSME program;
  2. currently has at least a 2.80 grade point average on all MECE courses.


Degree Requirements

The program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

  • At least twenty-one hours from the MECE 6000-level or above, exclusive of the seminar (MECE 6111) and Graduate Project course (MECE 6368).
  • The remaining hours must be 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 three hours from one academic unit (department or program). Click here for the up-to-date list of approved courses. Up to six hours can be satisfied by completing the directed-study Graduate Project 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.

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.

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. In calculating the grade point average on MECE courses, if a student receives a grade “C+” or lower on an MECE course, and repeats the course (or takes an equivalent course approved by the Director of Graduate Study) with a better grade, the lower grade is dropped in the calculation.