Edward E. Withacre Jr. College of Engineering – Graduate Program

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The Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering offers programs of instruction and research leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with majors in chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. Details about these programs can be found in the catalog text for individual departments within the College of Engineering.


Master of Science in Bioengineering

The master of science in bioengineering program is a thesis option program with four interdisciplinary tracks:

  • Biomechanics (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Biomedical Signals and Systems (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Biochemical Processes (Department of Chemical Engineering)
  • Occupational Ergonomics (Department of Industrial Engineering)

Faculty in the bioengineering area are heavily involved with research activities that require collaboration from scientists and clinicians in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Students are required to take 24 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of thesis. Of the 24 hours of coursework, nine hours are pre-determined core credits for all participating students in all tracks, six hours are prescribed electives to be taken in the home department, and nine hours are free electives. The free electives may be taken in any of the four departments participating in the degree.

For further information, contact Dr. Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, stephen.ekwaro-osire@ttu.edu, 806.742.3451.


Master of Engineering

In addition to the specialized degree programs offered in each department, the college offers a Master of Engineering degree that does not specify an area of specialization and does not require a thesis. The program is designed primarily for practicing engineers who can receive credit for up to 15 of the required 36 semester hours completed in residence at another accredited graduate school. All work credited toward the degree must be completed within nine calendar years. Under certain circumstances, regular on-campus students may be admitted to the undifferentiated Master of Engineering degree program. In such cases, the regular six-year time limit will apply. In addition to the regulations governing admission to the Graduate School, a baccalaureate degree in engineering or its equivalent is required for entrance to the Master of Engineering program. The student may be required to take (without graduate credit) such undergraduate leveling courses as may be designated by the college.

Healthcare Engineering Option in Master of Engineering Degree

As a result of having a strong engineering college, a comprehensive health sciences center with hospital facilities, and a quality business college all on the same campus, Texas Tech University is one of the first institutions in the nation offering a graduate degree option in healthcare engineering. The curriculum leading to the Master of Engineering degree with an option in healthcare engineering is designed to meet the growing demand for engineers trained to apply the principles of engineering, health sciences, and business administration to managing the physical, technological, and support services of healthcare facilities.

This interdisciplinary curriculum consists of 36 graduate-level semester credit hours, including 33 course credits (11 courses) and 3 credits for research. The 11 courses include 9 required courses and 2 electives in engineering, health sciences, and business. To allow practicing engineers to manage career and family commitments while earning graduate credentials and upgrading their professional skills, the university offers a number of the courses online. For further information about the healthcare engineering option, contact Dr. Ming Chyu, 806.742.3563, ext 230, m.chyu@ttu.edu


Dual J.D./Master of Engineering Degree

The college participates in a dual program with the Texas Tech School of Law that enables a student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees in three years of academic work. The program is designed for students interested in the areas of intellectual property (particularly patents) and law and science. A student may complete both degrees with 126 hours of law and engineering courses. This is possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit towards the M.Engr. degree and vice versa. The M.Engr. courses counting toward the J.D. degree transfer as credits only. The grades in these courses will not affect a student's law school GPA.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the college's various engineering specializations can be found within the catalog information for each department. Those courses with an ENGR prefix that are common to many disciplines within the college can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Engineering (ENGR)
Bioengineering (BIOE)