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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 abd 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. 

Graduate Mechanical Engineering Program Admission Requirement

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours.

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program.
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours - 287 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation, One from a professional working in the field of criminal justice
    • combined 287 on the verbal and qualitative sections of the GRE;
    • other experiences or qualifications that demonstrate potential to successfully undertake graduate study.

Decisions concerning conditional admissions are left to the discretion of the departmental graduate admission’s committee. Conditional students accepted must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of graduate study to remain in the program

For Degree-Seeking Students:

  • Complete a UT Permian Basin Graduate Application at There is a 40$ application fee.
  • All official transcripts and GRE scores should be sent to:

Office of Admission
UT Permian Basin
4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762-000

For Non-Degree Seeking Students:

  • Proof of appropriate undergraduate degree
  • No fee required
  • 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

Graduate Mechanical Engineering Program Plan of Study

Required 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 6699.

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 6699 Master’s Thesis

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