Subsea engineering is perhaps one of the most important, yet most difficult aspects of the offshore petroleum industry. The underwater production environment presents unique challenges to subsea engineers, particularly deepwater operations where temperature, pressure and corrosion test the durability of submerged equipment and tools. Most subsea engineering operations depend on automation and remote procedures to construct and repair components beneath the surface of the water. A subsea specialization trains offshore engineering professionals to design equipment, tools and infrastructure utilized in offshore petroleum production.
Subsea Engineering at UH
Located in the Energy Capital of the World, the University of Houston is the only institution in the United States providing a certificate training program in subsea engineering.
The University of Houston will have two options for Subsea education: a post-baccalaureate certificate program and a developing Master's of Science degree.
Courses for each certificate program include:
Certificate in Subsea Engineering
- Flow Assurance
- Restricted Elective 1
- Restricted Elective 2
Certificate in Advanced Subsea Engineering
- Restricted Elective 3
- Restricted Elective 4
- Restricted Elective 5
Restricted electives are selected among the following classes:
|Subsea Engineering Courses|
|Mechanical Engineering Courses*|
* ONE MECE science-based graduate course may be taken in each certificate and would thus replace one subsea engineering course per certificate.
Master of Science
Additional courses are needed for students entering the master’s degree track. Click here for more information.
Who Should Apply?
Practicing engineers and recent Bachelor of Science in engineering graduates are qualified to apply. The curriculum advances both the science and engineering of subsea systems. The participants will gain a solid, diverse knowledge base in subsea engineering as well as an understanding of industry best practices and state and federal regulations governing them. The courses are part of a graduate engineering program and are taught at the graduate level.
- A bachelors degree in engineering is required. Non-engineering degreed applicants must get permission from the director.
Official transcripts must be mailed to Darcy Rieff at:
University of Houston Subsea Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
N207 Engineering Bldg. 1
Houston, TX 77204-4006
- An online application must be completed at https://www.applytexas.org
- TOEFL exam for students whose native language is not English
- Letter of Financial Backing (F-1 Visa Holders Only)
Application Due Dates
- Fall Semester - May 25
- Spring Semester - October 25
- Certificate Only Option — This is a non-degree option. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is waived for non-degree option applicants.
- Graduate Degree Option — This is a Master of Science degree option. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Additional graduate courses beyond the subsea courses will be required for degree completion.
Each course costs $3,000