The Professional Master’s Program in Mechanical Engineering (M.M.E.) is designed for those who wish to join the workforce as practicing professionals, rather than pursing a research-oriented academic career.
The M.M.E. program is designed to prepare students with an advanced understanding of both the theories and applications of mechanical engineering in areas of research expertise of the faculty. Mechanical engineering students at Rice are members of a highly selective academic community who take interesting, relevant and challenging courses from faculty who are at the top of their fields.
Our faculty include:
Members of National Academy of Engineering
Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Recipients of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Recipients of the Presidential Young Investigator Award
Highly Cited Researchers
The M.M.E. requires 30 semester credit hours of approved coursework at 500 level or higher. Of these courses, at least 24 must be taken at Rice.
A minimum of 18 credit hours must be from the M.M.E. course set established by the department:
(MECH 501 - Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems or MECH 508 - Nonlinear Systems)
MECH 502 - Vibration
MECH 505 - Numerical Methods
MECH 517 - Finite Element Analysis
MECH 554 - Computational Fluid Mechanics
MECH 575 - Introduction to Hydrodynamic Stability
MECH 582 - Convective Heat Transfer
(MECH 588 - Design of Mechatronic Systems or MECH 598 - Introduction to Robotics)
MECH 594 - Introduction to Aeronautics
The remaining credit hours will be elective 500+ level courses approved by the adviser and the department, some of which could be from outside the department. None of the remaining required 12 credit hours can be Independent-Study (MECH 611 or 612) or M.M.E. Research Project (MECH 621 or 622) classes.
Note: For each pair of courses listed as (MECH AAA or MECH BBB), only one can be taken to meet the M.M.E. Course Set requirement. If a course or its undergraduate version was taken earlier as part of meeting the requirements of an undergraduate degree, it can be replaced according to the following table:
MECH 501 ← MECH 508
MECH 508 ← MECH 501
MECH 502 ← (MECH 678 or MECH 679)
MECH 517 ← MECH 503
MECH 554 ← (MECH 555 or MECH 654)
MECH 582 ← MECH 583
MECH 588 ← MECH 598
MECH 598 ← MECH 588
MECH 594 ← MECH 596
MECH 665 ← MECH 667
Prerequisite courses may be required for students who have a B.A. or B.S. in another engineering field
M.M.E. students are required to prepare a field report for one of the M.M.E. Course Set classes. With approval of the course instructor, students must prepare a report and presentation on a mechanical engineering field or design related to that course. Topics must be decided before the mid-term break. The written field report is due at 5 p.m. on the last day of classes for that semester. The oral presentation will be given at a time to be scheduled by the instructor.
Students are responsible for contacting the instructor of the class they want to write the field report for and confirming with them through email the topic of the field report. The student is also responsible for making sure that the graduate administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org
) is copied on the final email communication between the student and the faculty regarding the topic of the field report.
Fall admission—February 1
Spring admission—November 1
Dual M.B.A./M.M.E. Program (M.B.A./M.M.E.)
The dual program is offered in collaboration with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business (JGS) and is designed to meet the growing demand for managers with technical expertise. The M.B.A./M.M.E. program trains students to apply management strategies that meet the needs of high-technology companies.
Students interested in the M.B.A./M.M.E. degree must apply for dual admission through the JGS (for the MBA program) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (for the M.M.E. program). Admission is reviewed independently and students must be granted admission to both programs.