About Engineering

Since offering its first classes in 1964, Herff College has developed a reputation for excellent instruction. Over 50 dedicated faculty members with outstanding academic and professional credentials comprise the College enabling us to offer a variety of graduate degree programs. Within our five academic departments (Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering), we offer MS and PhD degree programs and many exciting activities and services that enrich or smooth the path to your engineering degree.

What is the curriculum?

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Memphis and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, participate in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. The Joint Program offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Start solving health problems in the Herff College of Engineering Biomed lab. Grow your own cells on a template to see how you might heal different parts of the body. Currently, we're developing a device that guides the treatment of septic shock better than ever before. For more information, contact Dr. Amy de Jongh Curry at adejongh@memphis.edu.

Engineering Technology

The Department of Engineering Technology also offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology (M.S.E.T.). Students may select coursework in Computers and/or Electronics and/or Manufacturing. Students may elect to design their own course of study taken from the courses offered in these areas. For more information, contact Dr. Carl Williams at crwillia@memphis.edu.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers courses of study that lead to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. All those cool things you read about, like establishing colonies on the moon and Mars, 3-D printing of biomedical implants or building the next-generation aircraft and automobile engines? They're all happening right here in this department. Build medical devices. Create renewable energy systems—wind and solar. Design and test new aerospace engines and propulsion systems. Get your feet wet testing turbines in the Mississippi River. The possibilities are endless. For more information, contact Dr. Teong Tan at ttan@memphis.edu.

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering will help you dive deep into big-picture thinking. Because around here, "good enough" isn't good enough. We don't want you to reduce pollution, we want you to reduce pollution and improve roadways at the same time. Right now, we're designing structures to withstand natural disasters and save countless lives. This department offers graduate-level courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Concentrations include Environmental Engineering, Engineering Seismology, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. You may also pursue a degree with No Concentration. For more information, contact Dr. Roger Meier at rwmeier@memphis.edu.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering puts you on the front lines of the digital revolution. Design devices and develop sustainable energy. Find ways to identify someone more accurately than their fingerprint. We're even working on ways to capture brain waves and revolutionize the way we teach and learn. It's not science fiction. It's real, and it's happening right now. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate-level courses leading to the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. Concentrations include Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. You may also pursue a degree with No Concentration. For more information, contact Dr. Aaron Robinson at alrobins@memphis.edu.

Research Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to graduate students on a competitive basis and are renewable annually.

What are the job opportunities in Engineering?

With the various fields and concentrations of Engineering, there are a plethora of job opportunities available to those who have earned a master’s degree in Engineering. There are instructor and researcher positions available in academic settings, and many companies seek candidates with master’s degrees who are looking to prosper in government and private sectors. With support from the Herff College of Engineering, the Graduate Student Association, and the University’s Career Services office, graduate students will learn about the possibilities for employment that await them long before graduation.

For more information, email engineering@memphis.edu.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Requirements specific to the Herff College of Engineering:

  • A competitive score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic portions of the GRE;
  • Three letters of recommendation from three separate evaluators submitted to the University Graduate Admissions office;
  • For international students, a competitive score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA for the applicant’s bachelor’s degree program.

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