Texas Tech University

Master of Engineering

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering degree program is an interdisciplinary, non-thesis program designed primarily for practicing engineers that is offered on the campus of Texas Tech University and by distance learning. For practicing engineers, credit for graduate coursework completed in residence at another accredited graduate school may be accepted for as much as 9 hours of the 36 semester hour requirements for the Master of Engineering degree. All work credited toward the degree must be completed within nine calendar years. In addition to the regulations governing admission to the Texas Tech University Graduate School, a baccalaureate degree in engineering, or its equivalent, is required for entrance to the Master of Engineering program.

FAQs

I am an international student. May I apply for a Graduate Assistantship position in the Engineering department?

The Master of Engineering program does not have any assistantship positions.

I want to conduct research. May I apply for a Research Assistantship position in the Engineering department?

The Master of Engineering program does not require a research project and no assistantship positions are available.

I applied for a different Engineering graduate program, but was accepted to the Master of Engineering Program. Can I reapply for my first-choice program in the future?

There are a couple of different avenues you could take. If you truly want to reapply to your first-choice program, you could take three "first-choice" Engineering courses (presuming you're enrolled full-time on campus) during your first semester at Texas Tech and reapply for the following semester. If you are not accepted, however, you'll only be permitted to take an additional two "first-choice" Engineering courses under the Master of Engineering program.

I applied to the Computer Science Master Program, but was accepted to the Master of Engineering Program. May I take five courses from Computer Science and five courses from Software Engineering?

No. Computer Science and Software Engineering courses fall under one Engineering discipline (Computer Science). You may take five computer science courses and then take your other six engineering courses in subjects such as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering. Each of those disciplines have relevant subjects that may interest you.

I am an online Distance Learning student. I applied for a different Engineering graduate program, but was accepted to the Master of Engineering Program. Can I reapply for my first-choice program in the future?

There are a couple of different avenues you could take. If you truly want to reapply to your first-choice program, you could take one or two "first-choice" Engineering courses during your first semester and reapply to your desired program. If you are not accepted, you may continue to take "first choice" Engineering courses and reapply until you have reached the Master of Engineering program limit of five courses in any one discipline.

 From what engineering disciplines may I select courses?

You may select graduate-level (5000-6999) courses from any of the Engineering disciplines with the exception of Graduate Seminars, Master's Reports, Master's Thesis, or Individual Studies.

How do I search for available classes as a graduate Master of Engineering student?

 

Master of Engineering Specializations

Standard Option

Students may elect to take engineering courses from any of the College of Engineering's disciplines.

Healthcare Engineering Option

The Healthcare Engineering Option is available for engineers who are interested in applying the principles of engineering, health sciences, and business administration to effectively manage the physical, technological, and supports services of healthcare facilities.

Learn more at the Healthcare Engineering Option page.

Dual Degree Program

Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Engineering

The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a program that enables a student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Engineering degrees in three or four years of academic work. Interested students must already be accepted and enrolled in the School of Law program and declare their intent to pursue the dual degrees no later than their third semester in law school.

Learn more at the Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Engineering page.

Program Details

Degree Requirements

Students in the Master of Engineering program are subject to all master's degree regulations as outlined in the Graduate Catalog. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the Master of Engineering program does not require specific major and minor subjects. However, the program does allow up to six hours of course work to be taken outside of engineering, upon the approval of the graduate advisor. Students in the Master of Engineering program do not have any language or tool-subject requirements. Every candidate for a master's degree is required to pass a final comprehensive examination. Students will write a report and complete 33 hours of coursework and three hours of a reports course.

Transfer of Courses

As stated above, students are permitted to transfer courses into the Master of Engineering program upon approval of their graduate advisor. The student should seek approval of the transfer courses prior to registering for such courses. Courses taken without prior approval and prior to enrolling in the Master of Engineering program will be accepted at the discretion of the graduate advisor. All transfer courses are subject to the same time limitations as courses taken in the program (a maximum of nine years from the first course in the plan of study until graduation).

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the Master of Engineering program consists of 36 semester credit hours of coordinated graduate level course work. No more than 15 credit hours (5 courses) can be taken in any one engineering discipline, e.g., Industrial Engineering or Software Engineering.

Special Cases

Any student who does not have an undergraduate degree in engineering is considered a special case. To provide the student with a solid program and to ensure that the student has the necessary background knowledge to successfully complete the program, the following courses are required:

  • Principles of Chemistry I & II (TTU CHEM 1307 & 1308)
  • Principles of Physics I & II (Calculus-based) (TTU PHYS 1408 & 2401)
  • Calculus with Applications I, II, & III (TTU MATH 1451, 1452, & 2450)
  • Differential Equations (TTU MATH 3354)

Note: TTU Course Numbers are provided for your reference. These courses may also be taken at TTU or at a local university or community college. Transcripts must be included with your graduate application.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the degree program, please contact:

Dr. Brandon Weeks
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs
Whitacre College of Engineering
Texas Tech University
Box 43103
Lubbock, TX  79409-3103
T 806.742.3451 | F 806.742.3493 | brandon.weeks@ttu.edu

For questions about completing the Master of Engineering program by distance learning, please contact:

Liz Beaty
Director, Distance Learning
Graduate Advisor, Master of Engineering Program
Whitacre College of Engineering
Texas Tech University
Box 43103
Lubbock, TX 79409-3103
T 806.742.3451 | F 806.742.3493 | Liz.Beaty@ttu.edu