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Students seeking a Master of Science degree are expected to demonstrate proficiency in research in a particular area of petroleum engineering. The student’s degree plan, determined by the student and the advisory committee, consists only of courses in engineering and science that enhance research performance.


  • Include a minimum of 32 credit hours in your degree plan; 30 hours, starting Fall 2020. Your committee can require more.
    • Complete at least 9 credit hours on campus during one semester to establish residency.
    • Include courses from outside the department. Minimum 2 courses, maximum 4.
    • Take at least 3 of the core courses (required for students without a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering).
  • Observe University limits on certain courses:
    • No more than 9 hours transfer credit from another peer department/ university.
    • No more than 12 hours of PETE 689 courses.
    • No more than 8 hours of PETE 691courses.
    • No more than 6 hours of PETE 685 courses.
    • One credit for PETE 684 and 692 courses used for internships.
    • No more than 2 hours of PETE 681 courses. Starting Fall 2020: only 2 occurrences of PETE 681. (Courses will be taken for zero-hour credit)
  • Select the chairman of your committee before the start of the second semester.
    • Agree on at least 3 committee members, with 1outside the department.
    • File a degree plan before the beginning of your second semester but by no means later than 90 days before your final oral examination.
  • You must have an average GPR of 3.0 for all courses on your degree plan before you take the final exam.
    • Submit your thesis proposal to the Office of Graduate Studies at least 14 weeks before the close of the semester in which you expect to receive the degree or before you schedule your final examination, whichever occurs first.
    • Complete your Thesis and final examination.
  • Complete all requirements within 7 years.