Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering

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 42 credits.

A.  A Minimum of 33 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 coursework, i.e. 30 credit hours.
  6. Successfully complete a dissertation and its defense.

Curriculum (Degree Plan)

First Year
PETE 645Fluid Flow in Porous Media303PETE 5xxPETE Elective II303
PETE 611Advanced Fluid Properties and Thermodynamics303PETE 6xxPETE Elective III303
PETE 6xx or 701PETE Elective I or Directed Research303PETE 6xx or 702PETE Elective IV or Directed Research303
Second Year
PETE 6xxPETE Elective V303XXX 5xxFree Elective303
XXX 5xxTechnical Elective I303PETE 711Ph.D. Pre-Dissertation003
XXX 5xxTechnical Elective II303
PETE 699Seminar100
Third Year
PETE 712Ph.D. Dissertation00IPPETE 712Ph.D. Dissertation (Continued)009
Total credit hours required for Ph.D. degree: 42
  • Each student is expected to submit his detailed degree plan according to the above generic degree plan for approval by the department and the Deanship of Graduate Studies by the middle of the second semester from enrollment.
  • Students are required to adhere to the regulations of the degree plan. No relaxations will be given to any student and the courses taken in conflict of the above will not be counted towards the degree.
  • The order of taking the courses can be different from above but the students must take the core courses before the electives.
  • All elective courses should be taken with the advisor or graduate advisor approval