Petroleum Engineering Graduate Programs

Completion Requirements:

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours as follows: 12 credit hours in core graduate courses, 12 credit hours in elective graduate courses, and 6 credit hours in thesis work. The presentation of a satisfactory seminar – usually a thesis proposal - is also required. All graduate PETE courses are scheduled during the evening (5:00 – 8:00 PM).

The elective courses are intended to provide a coherent study of certain well defined areas and should serve as a basis for furthering the student's personal interests, future graduate studies, or practice in the oil industry. Therefore, they should be selected to serve those purposes. Graduate courses in engineering or science may be counted as elective courses for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Typical Program Plan
First Year:
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 532 Well Performance 3 0 3
PETE 544 Natural Gas Engineering 3 0 3
PETE 560 Mathematical Methods in Petroleum Engineering 3 0 3
9 0 9

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 545 Advanced Reservoir Simulations 3 0 3
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 5xx PETE Elective I* 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Technical Elective I** 3 0 3
10 0 9

Second Year:
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx PETE Elective II* 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Technical Elective II* 3 0 3
6 0 6

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 610 Thesis 0 0 6
0 0 6
Program Total 25 0 30

Program Objectives:

The objectives of the program are to promote independent thinking and creative petroleum engineering methodology by developing original research, and to prepare highly qualified personnel in the field of petroleum engineering such as researchers, senior engineers, and university faculty.


Academic Requirements:

Complete a minimum of 30 credits.

A.  A Minimum of 21 credit hours in 500 or higher level Petroleum Engineering courses.
B.  A Minimum of 9 credit hours in 500 or higher level courses as a minor in other engineering disciplines or sciences.

  1. Successfully pass the Entrance Examination to be held before the end of the first semester of study.
  2. Present two satisfactory seminars.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all graduate courses.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all undergraduate deficiency courses.
  5. Successfully pass the Comprehensive Examination upon completion of the course work, i.e. 30 credit hours.
  6. Successfully complete a dissertation and its defense.


Typical Program Plan
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx Elective I - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 5xx Elective II - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 5xx Elective III - PETE 3 0 3
9 0 9

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx Elective IV - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 6xx Elective V - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 6xx Elective VI - PETE 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective VII - PETE 3 0 3
12 0 12

Third Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 6xx Elective VIII - PETE 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective IX - Technical 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective X - Technical 3 0 3
9 0 9

Fourth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation 0 0 IP

Fifth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation (Continued) 0 0 IP

Sixth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation (Continued) 0 0 12
1 0 12

Completion Requirements:

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours as follows: 12 credit hours in core graduate courses, 12 credit hours in elective graduate courses, and 6 credit hours in thesis work. The presentation of a satisfactory seminar – usually a thesis proposal - is also required. All graduate PETE courses are scheduled during the evening (5:00 – 8:00 PM).

The elective courses are intended to provide a coherent study of certain well defined areas and should serve as a basis for furthering the student's personal interests, future graduate studies, or practice in the oil industry. Therefore, they should be selected to serve those purposes. Graduate courses in engineering or science may be counted as elective courses for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Typical Program Plan
First Year:
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 532 Well Performance 3 0 3
PETE 544 Natural Gas Engineering 3 0 3
PETE 560 Mathematical Methods in Petroleum Engineering 3 0 3
9 0 9

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 545 Advanced Reservoir Simulations 3 0 3
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 5xx PETE Elective I* 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Technical Elective I** 3 0 3
10 0 9

Second Year:
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx PETE Elective II* 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Technical Elective II* 3 0 3
6 0 6

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 610 Thesis 0 0 6
0 0 6
Program Total 25 0 30

Program Objectives:

The objectives of the program are to promote independent thinking and creative petroleum engineering methodology by developing original research, and to prepare highly qualified personnel in the field of petroleum engineering such as researchers, senior engineers, and university faculty.


Academic Requirements:

Complete a minimum of 30 credits.

A.  A Minimum of 21 credit hours in 500 or higher level Petroleum Engineering courses.
B.  A Minimum of 9 credit hours in 500 or higher level courses as a minor in other engineering disciplines or sciences.

  1. Successfully pass the Entrance Examination to be held before the end of the first semester of study.
  2. Present two satisfactory seminars.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all graduate courses.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all undergraduate deficiency courses.
  5. Successfully pass the Comprehensive Examination upon completion of the course work, i.e. 30 credit hours.
  6. Successfully complete a dissertation and its defense.


Typical Program Plan
First Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx Elective I - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 5xx Elective II - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 5xx Elective III - PETE 3 0 3
9 0 9

Second Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 5xx Elective IV - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 6xx Elective V - PETE 3 0 3
PETE 6xx Elective VI - PETE 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective VII - PETE 3 0 3
12 0 12

Third Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 6xx Elective VIII - PETE 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective IX - Technical 3 0 3
XXX 5xx Elective X - Technical 3 0 3
9 0 9

Fourth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation 0 0 IP

Fifth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation (Continued) 0 0 IP

Sixth Semester

COURSE TITLE LT LB CR
PETE 599 Seminar 1 0 0
PETE 710 Ph.D. Dissertation (Continued) 0 0 12
1 0 12