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Graduate Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) offers graduate degree programs that emphasize applied as well as fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering. The graduate training and research programs are supported by modern computational and experimental emphasis and a strong tradition of applied sciences and mathematics.

Overview of Degree Programs

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies

Graduate students in mechanical engineering receive training and conduct research in the traditional mechanical engineering areas as well as the specialized interests of its outstanding faculty, which include mechanics, computational mechanics, stochastic mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, dynamics and control, robotics, biomedical systems, and aerospace sciences.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. require research and theses, while the Professional Master's Degree (M.M.E.) is a non-research degree. 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

  • 30 semester hours of credit, 24 of which must be taken at Rice
  • Course work hours:
    • 24 hrs. with B.A.
    • 18 hrs. with B.S.
    • 12 hrs. with 5 year B.S.
    • semesters of Seminar
  • 3 semesters of Instructional Assistance (grading/TA)
  • Residency requirement of 4 full time semesters (9+ hours each)
    Pass the Preliminary Candidacy Evualuation (PCE)
  • Write and present an oral defense of a thesis on original research

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

  • 90 semester hours of credit
  • Course work hours:
    • 42 hrs. with B.A.
    • 36 hrs. with B.S.
    • 30 hrs. with 5 year B.S.
    • 18 hrs. with M.S.
  • 6 semesters of Seminar
  • 6 semesters of Instructional Assistance (grading/TA)
  • Residency requirements of 4 full time semesters (9+ hrs. ea.)
  • Pass a qualifying exam
  • Write and present an oral defense of a thesis on original research  

Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME)

Please visit department page: http://mech.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483987

Course Descriptions

A full listing of all courses offered in Mechanical Engineering and their descriptions are available online through the current Course Catalog: 2015-2016. View course offerings and descriptions in Mechanical Engineering

Course Schedule

The current course schedule offered in Mechanical Engineering is maintained by the Office of the Registrar. To view the current course schedules, please visit MECH Course Offerings - Spring 2016.