Subsea Engineering

Master of Science in Subsea Engineering

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Nation’s First Graduate​ Subsea Engineering Program

The Master of Science in Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston is a non-thesis,10 course graduate curriculum program. A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering related field is required in order to apply for the Subsea Engineering program. The curriculum is comprised of three primary categories. The Subsea Engineering courses are available online and face-to-face in a classroom setting.


Degree Plan

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.

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.

Subsea Elective Courses SCH
SUBS 6305 Mathematics for Subsea Engineers   3
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
SUBS 6370 Computational Methods and Design Experiments   3
SUBS 6380 Subsea Systems   3
SUBS 6397 Subsea Control Theory   3
SUBS 6397 Design for Oil and Gas   3
SUBS 6397 Guide To Engineering Data Science   3
SUBS 6397 Advanced Flow Assurance   3


Category 3: Electives

Categories 1 and 2 have prescribed 6 of the 10 mandatory courses that are required for the MS in Subsea Engineering. This leaves a maximum of 4 courses that can be selected by the student subject to approval by the Director prior to taking the course(s). 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. Students are also allowed to take Subsea Engineering courses as well with their remaining four electives. The Mechanical Engineering and Subsea Engineering graduate courses applicable to MS in Subsea Engineering include:

MECE 6335 Heat Transfer with Phase Change   3
MECE 6341 Viscous Flow Theory   3
MECE 6353 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics   3
MECE 6361 Mechanical Behavior of Materials   3
MECE 6363 Physical Metallurgy   3
MECE 6397 Feedback Control Systems   3
MECE 6397 Design for Oil and Gas   3
MECE 63XX Selected Courses require approval from Program Director   3
MECE 7361 System Identification   3


Academic Requirements

For each graduate program offered, students must have an overall G.P.A. of a 3.0 or higher. Any graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in four graduate courses (whether or not in repeated courses) is ineligible to receive an advanced degree at the university.

Each student assumes responsibility for being familiar with the academic program requirements as stated in the current catalogs of the college, university and this website.