CONGRATULATIONS! Master of Engineering students

Some helpful information below. Mouse over active links.

PETE 692 (non-thesis) professional report/project. One-on-one course with your Chair (Advisor). It is part of the requirements for a M. Eng. from our department which consists of a written professional report and a formal defense. You can start the project any time, but the oral defense will not take place until the last semester. Although professors are flexible on the topic, most students relate it to what they are working on with their employer.

Every professor may have his/her own writing style. There are no strong guidelines for the content/length/etc. on the M. Eng. report; however, generally speaking, it should be comparable to an SPE paper (15 pages of text (Times New Roman 10 pt., single-spaced) with another 10+ pages of figures/tables). Check with your Chair (Advisor) as to their preference for writing your PETE 692 professional report.

PETE 692 is what the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) refers to as "final examination;" however, we refer to it often as the final report, professional report, or final project.

NOTE: Deadlines to defend are usually around 2nd week November, 2nd week April, or mid-July. Please review the dates and deadlines on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies website: at start of semester.


Steps to Graduation


  1. Apply for graduation and pay the fee.
  2. Check to see if all courses (listed on your degree plan) been "met?"
  3. Are there any holds? If so, get them cleared.
  4. Is your degree plan below 3.0 and/or any D's or F's? If so, you will have to either retake the course(s) or take additional courses. Please note that the D's and F's stay on your transcript even though replaced by other courses; that is why your overall (transcript total) GPA must also be above 3.0.

Until your chair approves your PETE 692 written report and confirms it is ready to be presented to your committee, keep writing.  


Until your chair approves your PETE 692 written report, and confirms it is ready to be presented to your committee, keep writing.  

  1. Once your professional paper is approved by your chair, ask him/her what dates/times work best to do your oral presentation.
    1. Use those dates/times to insert into and send to members to fill out.
  2. Your chair is required to attend; however, if your member or outside member cannot make it – ask your chair, or DL Staff, who they recommend to substitute.
  3. After all committee members agree on a date/time - send DL staff a request for a conference room. Conference rooms fill fast, as well as the faculty calendars.
  4. Be sure your committee receives a copy of your final paper at least 3-5 days in advance of your defense to allow time for review and make any suggestions.
  5. The day before your defense be sure they receive a copy of your PowerPoint presentation, as well as the DL Staff.
  6. Presentations average about 20 – 30 minutes, followed by Q&A which can range between 10-20 minutes. If you are presenting out-of-town, please run a video conferencing test run a day or two in advance. Contact DL staff.
  7. If you are defending in town, you may bring friends and/or family members. Offering snacks to your committee members is optional.

DL Staff contact information: Petroleum/academics/distance-learning/contact-info


Fill out the REQUEST AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FINAL EXAM (RAFE) form [located] after date/time/room is finalized and then send to DL Staff to obtain the signatures; do NOT include OGAPS on the email. 

NOTE: This form must be submitted ten (10) days prior to your exam date; or the final date listed under OGAPS exam deadlines for Master of Engineering (non-thesis) students. See for dates and deadlines.

NOTE: Obtaining approval signatures can take a day or more, waiting until last minute can cause a delay in your graduation.

    1. Do not wait until last minute, you may not graduate.
    2. Approval of paperwork can take 5-10 business day by OGAPS.
    3. Although the department head and graduate advisor signed the degree plan, they are not part of your committee only the approval process.

Once received at OGAPS, it is --first come, first serve-- in their approval process.


Contact DL Staff for help with setting up your presentation via teleconferencing (see contact link for email/phone) if you or any committee members are attending off-campus. The DL Staff will need to know the date, time, and location; and of course, your committee members; as well as, a copy of the both your report and PowerPoint presentation. A test run is recommended a day or two in advance of your presentation.

If you defend here, you will use your NetID and password to get in to the system.


  1. For ceremony details, go to
  2. Degree Audit: check your status and make sure you are cleared for graduation.


  • Remove yourself from the PETE Listserv.  [to avoid receiving all the friendly reminders]

To unsubscribe, send a message to and in the BODY put UNSUB pete-dl-tamu

  • Keep your profile updated via The Association of Former Students.
  • The Aggie is where you order your Aggie ring.
  • Every now and then, drop us a line.
  • Send the DL Staff (see contact link for emails) the title of your presentation.
  • Let the DL staff know whether or not your report and/or presentation can be used as an example for future DL students.
    • We will not use it without your permission.