Master of Science in Subsea Engineering

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Nation’s First Graduate​ Subsea Engineering ProgramThe Master of Science in Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston is a non-thesis, 10-course graduate curriculum.  The curriculum is comprised of three primary categories.


Category 1: Required Co​urses

Every student must take this required three-course sequence. These courses serve as the foundation of the engineering science knowledgebase needed for the remaining graduate curriculum.

Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
MECE 6384 Methods of Applied Mathematics 3
MECE 6334 Convection Heat Transfer 3
SUBS 6310 Flow Assurance 3

Category 2: Restricted Electives

The courses listed below have been specifically developed for the Subsea Engineering Graduate Program.  Every student must take at least three of the courses from this prescribed elective list.  Additional subsea engineering courses are currently being developed and will be added to this list.  Students may submit a graduate petition if deviations from this requirement makes sense for individual career paths.

Prefix and Number Prescribed Subsea Elective Courses (at least 3 must be taken) SCH
SUBS 6320 Riser Design 3
SUBS 6330 Pipeline Design 3
SUBS 6340 Subsea Processing and Artificial Lift 3
SUBS 6350 Subsea Controls and Systems Engineering 3
SUBS 6351 Design of Blowout Preventers 3
SUBS 6360 Materials and Corrosion 3

Category 3: Electives

Of the 10 mandatory courses required for the MS in Subsea Engineering, Categories 1 and 2 have prescribed at least 6 courses.  This leaves a maximum of 4 courses that can be selected by the student, subject to approval by the Director. Subsea engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering field, so students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course from another department or program within the Cullen College of Engineering.  Mechanical Engineering graduate courses applicable to MS in Subsea Engineering include:

Mechanical Engineering Courses**
MECE 6335 Heat Transfer with Phase Change
MECE 6341 Viscous Flow Theory
MECE 6353 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
MECE 6361 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
MECE 6363 Physical Metallurgy
MECE 6368 Graduate Project Class
MECE 63XX Selected Courses requiring approval from the Program Director.

Course from other departments and program within the Cullen College of Engineering are strongly encouraged as subsea engineering is necessarily an interdisciplinary engineering field.