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Newly Enrolled Degree Seeking Students only

Each student must:

  • Know the specific degree requirements as established by the university or the student's department, college or school.
  • Enroll in the appropriate coursework to complete the degree plan.
  • Maintain the appropriate standards to continue graduate studies.
  • Know the steps and deadlines related to graduation located on the Graduate and Professional Studies website.
  • Get acquainted with the Texas A&M University Student Rules.

For more information, visit the Graduate and Professional School website.

Getting Started

Once you are admitted to the university, set up the following:


All official university email is sent to your Texas A&M University email account and is accessed using your NetID. It is imperative that you check your university Gmail account frequently.


Use Texas A&M University gmail for any departmental communications. To forward your student email to work or personal account, go to Aggie Gateway and look for the "Email Settings" tab.


We need a photograph of you. This is mandatory and for internal use within the department's graduate program only.

Add yourself to the distance learning (DL) Listserv 

(For degree-seeking students only)

Check for holds in HOWDY

  • All holds must be cleared prior to registration. Contact the graduate program staff with any concerns or questions.


Academic Calendar

  • Bookmark the Academic Calendar to find official university dates for registration deadlines, fee payment deadline, classes, dropping/adding courses, end of the semester deadlines, etc.

Available courses

Required courses

  • Students without a petroleum engineering degree will be required to take the following courses first: PETE 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667. NOTE: These courses will be part of your degree plan.
  • Students with petroleum engineering degree may be required to take two or three of the following courses: PETE 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667. This will be determined by your chair or advisor.

NOTE: If you are enrolled in one course and need to drop it, visit the HOWDY portal. Follow links for withdrawing.

Accessing course materials 

  • All course materials are accessible through the course website located within Canvas. 
  • Access to Canvas happens on the first day of classes. 
  • You must use your NetID login and password to access Canvas.
  • You will not gain access to the course website and materials until all holds have been removed from your account.
  • The course website contains a calendar, links to the course syllabus, access to synchronous communication, Chat, and asynchronous communication, Discussion Board(s).
  • Generally, professors will not have the syllabus posted until the beginning of the semester.
  • You may contact your professor ahead of time with questions about a course.

Plan ahead

  • You must have your committee formed by the end of your second semester or third course, whichever comes first.
  • Review our degree plan page for more information on creating your degree plan. 
  • Remember to bookmark and check the Academic Calendar.
  • Consult your graduate adviser for suggested courses if courses on your degree plan are not being taught during a particular semester.

It is okay to change courses on your degree plan. Your last semester you can do a petition for course changes.

NOTE: if you are on federal or state aid, you will have to keep your degree plan updated with course changes.

International Students

For the most current information, go to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

  • Any forms must be updated if they expire.


For general resources, check out the College of Engineering online learning student resource page.

Returning Students

If you dropped out of the program and want to return to finish your degree, please note the following:

  • You have seven years to complete the degree, starting from the first time registered in the department.
  • information and the re-admit form can be found here. Our committee will review your re-admit application, taking into consideration any courses you already completed.

Contact online learning staff for help with registration, questions about courses to take, clearing holds, and so forth.