Texas Tech University

Master of Mechanical Engineering

Texas Tech University's online Master of Mechanical Engineering, offered by the Department of Engineering in the Whitacre College of Engineering, is a degree program specializing in the areas of (a) Materials and Mechanics, and (b) Design. Two degree options are available, namely, the report-option and the course only option.

Program Overview

With a focus on hands-on applications of science and engineering — particularly through the department's specialized three-course lab and software sequence — mechanical engineering undergraduate students make significant impacts on industry and academia upon arrival.

Graduate students gain insights and help advance the front lines of engineering through unique courses developed by faculty members and through externally-funded research on pressing issues and technological advances.

The department is advancing its national stature with increases in journal publications, emphases on safety and ethics, and aggressive efforts to increase research grants and multi-investigator proposals in areas such as high pressure, energetic, nano- and bio-materials, fluid mechanics, controls, and bioengineering research. In addition, the department is on the forefront of instruction and research on advanced manufacturing techniques, including additive manufacturing, prototyping, and 3D printing.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, prospective students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate application.
      • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree are strongly encouraged to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
        • The average GRE score of graduate students in engineering programs is around 1100 on the math and verbal sections, when combined.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Contact the Program Coordinator.
    • Verify the required test scores or other required admission materials with the advisor of the program that interests you.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Student status.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink

Program Requirements

  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree in engineering, or its equivalent
  • 36 credit hours of coordinated, graduate-level, non-thesis coursework
  • Report option:
    • 33 credit hours of coursework.
    • 3 credit hours of ME 6301, Master's Report.
  • non-Report option:
    • 36 credit hours of coursework.
    • Students must pass a comprehensive examination to complete the program.
  • 9 hours of coursework must be selected from the designated courses in the students' selected major area.
  • All masters students are required to take 6 hours of advanced mathematics.
  • At least six hours of coursework must be in the designated breadth areas (breadth areas are areas outside the students' core area, but within ME).
  • In addition to the core and breadth courses, students must take an additional 12 hours of graduate level coursework designated as graduate free elective. These free electives could be selected from any of the areas inside the ME, other engineering departments, and/or sciences.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time Student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

Materials and Mechanics (a) - Major Area Courses
ME 5340 Elasticity
ME 5342 Fracture and Failure Analysis
ME 5343 Contact Mechanics
ME 5345 Computational Mechanics
ME 6330 Physical Metallurgy
ME 5345 Mechanics of Nano-materials I
ME 5345 Legal Principles of Forensic Science & Engineering
Design (b) - Major Area Courses
ME 5351 Advanced Engineering Design
ME 5352 Probabilistic Design
ME 5356 Digital Human Modeling
Advanced Mathematics Courses
ME 5351 Advanced Engineering Design
ME 5352 Probabilistic Design
ME 5356 Digital Human Modeling

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