McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering

Internationally recognized as one of the top petroleum engineering schools in the country, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is the largest department on the TU campus. Our mission is to provide a high-quality educational experience that prepares each graduate either to work in the petroleum industry or to pursue an advanced petroleum engineering degree. The school offers many research opportunities with 21 existing consortia and joint industry projects that are supported by some of the world’s top energy firms.

While striving to teach a balanced curriculum, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is committed to discovery of new concepts and technologies in the areas of drilling, production and reservoir engineering.

Petroleum Experts Software Donation

The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is grateful to Petroleum Experts software company for donating the program’s IPM suites of licenses at a value of $2,472,902.51.


Oil and gas provides more than 60 percent of the world’s energy supply, and with increasing prosperity, energy demand is expected to increase. As young petroleum engineers, TU alumni have the opportunity to advance faster than those in any other engineering field. Many of our graduates have established competitive careers at some of today’s leading energy companies. Ninety-five percent of our petroleum engineering alumni find employment within six months after graduation. The average starting salary is more than $90,000, and experienced executive positions pay close to $300,000.

Petroleum engineering is a technology-driven, outdoor industry that often requires travel to remote areas of the world. Our graduates plan and supervise drilling and well operations as well as evaluate and manage oil and natural gas reservoirs. With so many career options domestically and oversees, alumni also are qualified to work in consulting, independent oil production, or in the environmental prevention and control of petroleum waste. More than 40 international and domestic oil and gas exploration and production companies, along with international and domestic service companies, actively recruit alumni from the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering.

North Campus

The goal of TU’s North Campus is to explore innovations for the petroleum industry and foster learning by students, researchers, private industry and governments. Our research projects have generated millions of dollars and hundreds of research projects designed to solve the problems of today’s energy industry. Learn more …

Student Organizations and Industry Societies

American Association of Drilling Engineers
American Association of Drilling Engineers TU Student Chapter
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Artificial Lift Research and Development Council
Gas Processors Association
Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
Petroleum Technology Transfer Council
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society of Petroleum Engineers Mid-Continent Section
Society of Petroleum Engineers TU Student Chapter
Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers
Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts
Society of Women Engineers
TU Midstream Club

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results