Engineering Mechanics Graduate Program

To be eligible for graduate study in engineering mechanics, students must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics or in a closely related field of engineering from an accredited institution. If you do not have a degree in engineering mechanics, you will be required to take some undergraduate courses to make up any deficiency.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in junior- and senior-level work and in any graduate work already completed.
  • Have taken the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (international students).
  • Be recommended for admission by the EM Graduate Studies Committee.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission due to limited space, funding or faculty availability.

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Computational Mechanics

This area involves study and research in the development and application of numerical and computational methods for the solution of a wide range of problems in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and materials science. Students will gain experience with developing models of physical systems, formulating the discretized equations for the model systems of partial differential equations, and implementing these equations in computer codes for their solution and analysis. Computing facilities include workstations, supercomputers, and networks of workstations.

Solids, Structures and Materials

This area involves study and research in mechanics of composite materials, fracture mechanics, nano and micromechanics of materials, constitutive equations, mechanical behavior at high strain rates, structural analysis, and structural stability.

Experimental facilities include equipment for static structural testing; digital data acquisition equipment; uniaxial and biaxial materials-testing machines; custom loading devices; environmental chambers; microscopes; photomechanics facilities; composites processing equipment; facilities for microstructural analysis; and high-speed imaging and high strain rate mechanical testing facilities. Equipment for nano and microscale scale experiments include an atomic force microscope, an interfacial force microscope, a nano indentor, a confocal microscope and an X-ray tomography device. Computing facilities include workstations, high-performance computers, and networks of workstations.

Admission Requirements

Learn more about the admission requirements for the Engineering Mechanics graduate program.

Admission Deadlines

Fall & Summer - December 1

Spring - October 1

Applications will be considered after those dates on a space available basis.

Financial Support

The EM Graduate Program offers financial aid to highly qualified applicants in the form of Research Assistantships (RAs), Teaching Assistantships (TAs), and/or Fellowships. These offers may be presented to applicants wholly or in combination. The numbers presented below are provided as estimates of typical financial aid offers.

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The EM Graduate Program offers financial aid to highly qualified applicants in the form of Research Assistantships (RAs), Teaching Assistantships (TAs), and/or Fellowships. These offers may be presented to applicants wholly or in combination. The numbers presented below are provided as estimates of typical finanical aid offers.

RA Offers

Research Assistantships are awarded by individual faculty members. In 2015-16, half-time (20 hours/week) RA salaries are $1931+ per month. In addition, tuition and required fees are paid by the research grant/contract supporting the student.

TA Offers

Teaching Assistantships are awarded by the department on the recommendations of faculty members. In 2015-16, half-time (20 hours/week) TAs receive $1,800 per month and $3,784 per semester to help pay tuition and required fees.

University Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to outstanding students by the university, and the stipend can vary between $1,000 and $9,000 per year. These offers may be made in place of or in addition to RA and TA offers. Some fellowship offers are multi-year. Read the specific language of any fellowship you are offered to determine the conditions of the fellowship.

Full-time Student

If you receive financial aid, you are expected to be registered as a full-time student in the semester that you received financial aid; that is, to register for 9 credit hours during fall and spring semesters and for 3 credit hours during the summer.

Out-of-State Tuition Waver

Out-of-state students receiving half-time RA or TA appointments qualify for in-state tuition. In 2015-16, in-state tuition and required fees for fall or spring (9 hours) is $4,782, out-of-state is $8,753 and summer (3 hours) is $1,719 and $2,723, respectively. You do not have to pay income tax on the wavered tuition.

Income Tax

You must pay income tax on RA and TA salaries. The $3,784 TA tuition reduction benefit, and tuition and fees paid out of grants and contracts are exempt. For out-of-state students who qualify for in-state tuition, there is no tax on the difference between out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition.

Typical RA Offer

A typical 2015-16 RA offer to a Texas resident for one year could be the following:

Salary ($1,931/month): $23,175
Tuition and required fees: $11,283
Health insurance $2,181 
Total annual stipend $36,639

An outstanding US PhD student (GPA>3.5, GRE=V+Q>325+) could also be offered a $9,000 Cockrell School of Engineering fellowship for a total stipend of $41,828 or $54,585 if not a Texas resident. With satisfactory academic performance (GPA>3.5) and research performance, the Cockrell School of Engineering fellowship is available for a total of four years.

Multi-Year Funding

Most financial offers are made for a year duration and are conditioned on satisfactory academic progress in graduate school. While there is no guarantee, financial aid is typically provided after the first year to highly qualified students throughout their graduate degree. Financial aid is contingent on the student's continued academic progress and the availability of financial resources.

Site Visits

Students who are interested in visiting the University may arrange individual site visits at any time. If you wish to visit, the best course of action is to determine which faculty you wish to visit and contact them to determine their availability. The faculty contact information can be found in our faculty directory. Once you have determined the dates of your visit, contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional information.

Each semester you must be advised. The basic advising and registration steps are:

1. Once you receive the notice via email, pick up your advising form from the receptionist in WRW 215.

2. Discuss with your faculty advisor what classes you will take.

3. Obtain your advisor’s signature (new students must also obtain the EM Graduate Advisor’s signature in their first semester)

4. Return the form to the receptionist in WRW 215. 

5. After your advising bar is cleared you can register online.

Zero-fee Bill

If after you register you get a zero-fee bill (your tuition and required fees have already been paid), you must still confirm that you are attending – It will say “Your registration is complete” when your registration is finalized.