Mechanical Engineering Master's Degree

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

The MSME programs offers thesis and non-thesis options with flexible course times for fulltime students and part-time working professionals. It is anticipated that the degree may be completed in two years of full time graduate study. To earn the MSME degree, students must complete 30 credit hours for the thesis option and 36 credit hours for the non-thesis option. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the courses listed in the Plan for Study is required. 

The MSME program also offers an Accelerated Master's Program for qualified undergraduate students currently enrolled at UTPB can earn both a bachelor of science and master of science in mechanical engineering in just five years.

Masters in Mechanical Engineering Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited program.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of upper level coursework.
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical reasoning that, when combined with the GPA from item 2, indicate the potential for success in the program.

Conditional Admission

A student with a GPA below 3.0, but not lower than 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours of upper level coursework will be considered for admission based on their application. The committee will review upper level engineering courses taken and GRE scores to determine if there is appropriate preparation deemed necessary for success in the program. Conditionally admitted students may be required to take leveling courses before being fully admitted to the program and will have to maintain the required GPA to remain a graduate student. A conditional student who completes the five core courses in the program (15 hours) with a GPA of 3.0 or better will achieve regular admission status; otherwise, the student will be dismissed from the program.

For Degree-Seeking Students:

Complete a UT Permian Basin Graduate Application at applytexas.org. There is a $40 application fee.

GRE scores should be sent to:

Graduate Studies
UT Permian Basin
4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admission
UT Permian Basin
4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762-0001

International Student Information

For Non-Degree Seeking Students:

  • Proof of appropriate undergraduate degree
  • Up to four courses may be taken as a non-degree seeking student.


  • Teaching assistantship (fee remission and monthly stipends)
  • Research assistantship (fee remission and monthly stipends)
  • Graduate Research Experiences (hourly compensation)
  • Scholarship Opportunities

Masters in Mechanical Engineering Requirements

Required MS in Mechanical Engineering Courses

ENGR 6310 Advanced Engineering Analysis
MENG 6330 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
MENG 6335 Intermediate Dynamics
MENG 6340 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
MENG 6355 Advanced Heat Transfer

Prescribed Electives

Non-thesis students must take 21 credit hours, thesis students must take 9 credit hours plus MENG 6399.

ENGR 6305 Engineering Materials
ENGR 6315 Design of Experiments
MENG 43xx Any 4000-level MENG course (required consent of advisor)
MENG 6320 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
MENG 6325 Optimal Design of Thermo-Fluid Systems
MENG 6345 Engineering Optimization
MENG 6350 Applied Finite- Element Analysis
MENG 6360 Fatigue Design and Fracture Mechanics
MENG 6389 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
MENG 6399 Master’s Thesis

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