At least three different kinds of master's degree programs in mechanical engineering are available in online formats from various universities in Texas. These programs still include hands-on experiences through projects and group discussions, but provide flexible coursework for students. Here we discuss a handful of the available programs in depth.
Schools in Texas with Online Master's Degree Programs in Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin has an online Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering that totals 30 credits. The program does not require a thesis or a project course and can be completed in 2 years. Online students still participate in group discussions and get hands-on experience through case studies and projects. Students take courses that discuss topics in thermodynamics, statistics, product design, engineering economics and more.
Texas Tech University
Lubbock's Texas Tech University offers an online MS in Mechanical Engineering that totals 36 credits. Students in the program can specialize in design or materials and mechanics and can choose between a course only or a final report option. Students who choose the course only option must also complete a comprehensive exam. Core courses for the program include topics in elasticity, contact mechanics, biomaterials and nanomanufacturing.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University in College Station has an online, 30-credit Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering. In place of a thesis or final project, the program requires a portfolio of research and class assignments/exercises. The program allows 2 elective courses for students to further specialize in an area of interest. The program also has flexible core courses to allow students to choose from topics like fluid mechanics, engineering dynamics, heat transfer and control system design.
University of Houston
The University of Houston in Houston provides an online Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) and an online MS in Mechanical Engineering program. The MME program requires 30 credits and is a non-thesis degree program. The MS program is also a 30-credit program and has a thesis and non-thesis option. The MS program is also designed for students who are interested in the energy industry, but also covers topics in biomedical engineering, applied mechanics, materials science and more.
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler offers an MS in Mechanical Engineering with evening or online classes. The program offers a thesis option or non-thesis option that requires a research project course. Students may also choose to take 6 additional credits in a professional development option. The thesis and non-thesis options require 30 credits, while the professional development option requires 36 credits.
Common Entrance Requirements
Some online master's degree programs in mechanical engineering in Texas require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited program and/or meet a minimum GPA requirement, which is usually around a 3.0. Most of these degree programs require students to include their GRE scores, but generally do not have specific scores that must be met. Typically these programs ask students to submit their official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement/essay. Some programs may also ask for a resume and/or require students to have some work experience in the field.
Multiple institutions in Texas offer online master's degree programs in mechanical engineering that usually have a thesis/final project option. Many of these programs allow students to further specialize in the field and usually require between 30 and 36 credit hours.