Our graduate admissions process has changed.

As of Sept. 6, 2018, the graduate admissions process has changed. Details about the new process can be found on the graduate admissions page.

The MS-seeking student is 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. (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 B.S. in PETE).
  • Observe University limits on certain courses:
    • No more than 9 hours transfer credit from another peer department/ university.
    • No more than 12 hours of 689 courses.
    • No more than 8 hours of 691courses.
    • No more than 6 hours of 685 courses.
    • One credit for 684 and 692 courses used for internships.
    • No more than 2 hours of 681courses.
    • Undergraduate courses only with pre-approval of Graduate Advisor.
  • 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.