The University of Texas-Pan American will begin a master's degree program in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering this fall following official approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
UTPA - which offers the only accredited manufacturing engineering program in Texas - joins Kingsville and San Antonio in offering the only engineering graduate degree programs in South Texas.
The department started offering graduate-level courses in fall 1997. Approximately 50 practicing engineers are registered for the courses.
Under the approved degree program, students will have three options. The first is a course work-only degree with 36 semester credit hours of class work. The second is a professional practicum degree with 30 hours of course work and six hours of practicum. The third option is a thesis degree with 24 hours of course work and a minimum of six hours of master's-level thesis work.
For more information on the new graduate program in engineering, contact Dr. Edwin LeMaster, Department of Engineering chair, at 956-381-3522.