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Petroleum engineering focuses on the development, exploration, drilling, production and management of oil and natural gas resources and other minerals. Based on the solid fundamentals of math, physics and chemistry, a petroleum engineering degree includes education in geology and a proper blend of fluid and solid mechanics. Internationally recognized as having one of the top petroleum engineering graduate programs in the country, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering has more than 500 students.

Overview

Petroleum engineers plan and supervise drilling operations and evaluate and manage oil and natural gas reservoirs. They are qualified to work at an oil company, establish a consulting business or become an independent oil producer. Opportunities exist for travel and work overseas.

While teaching is the major goal, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is also committed to discovery of new concepts and technologies in drilling, production and reservoir engineering. The program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Graduate students learn advanced petroleum production concepts and collaborate on multi-disciplinary research projects to continue the development of their petroleum engineering skill set and professional careers.

The school’s strong research program is supported by industry and government sources. Undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty at key research locations on the main campus and TU’s historic North Campus. TU’s reputable petroleum engineering program receives overwhelming support from industry and government sources, a prime landscape for those students who choose to obtain the highest degree offered in the petroleum field.

Program Objectives

Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering

The objectives of the Master of Engineering (ME) degree are:

  1. Demonstrate advanced technical skills in petroleum engineering.
  2. Demonstrate high standards of ethical, environmental, and societal awareness.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Master of Science in Engineering in Petroleum Engineering

The objectives of the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree are:

  1. Demonstrate advanced research skills in petroleum engineering.
  2. Conduct an independent research work in petroleum engineering.
  3. Demonstrate high standards of ethical, environmental, and societal awareness.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering

The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree are:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the professional skills needed to become competent researchers, university professors, and scientists in petroleum industry and/or academia
  2. Synthesize, critique, apply, and extend major theories and methods and/or perform advanced engineering systems design in petroleum engineering.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to direct teams towards state-of-the-art in their research.
  4. Demonstrate high standards of ethical, environmental, and societal awareness.
  5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
Degree Options

Petroleum Engineering, M.E.

Ideal for students who plan to seek employment in the petroleum engineering industry immediately after graduation rather than pursue additional research and theoretical study.

Petroleum Engineering, M.S.E.

Learn advanced petroleum production concepts and collaborate on multi-disciplinary research projects to continue the development of their petroleum engineering skill set and professional careers.

Petroleum Engineering, Ph.D.

Acquire a broad knowledge of petroleum engineering concepts, primarily characterized in their doctoral dissertation, and prepares students for fulfilling careers in academia and for a lifetime of creative intellectual inquiry.

Petroleum Engineering 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