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Master of Engineering vs. Master of Science

A Master of Engineering through distance learning follows a non-thesis route. This means:

  • residency is not required
  • lab work is not required
  • more classes might be required, depending on your degree plan
  • it is geared toward adults who work full time

During the final semester, a professional written report and presentation is required. This is usually a non-published report.

A Master of Science through campus learning is thesis-based. This means:

  • it is research based
  • it requires residency
  • it is thesis-based on a large-scale research project, which may be performed in labs or out-in-field
  • it requires more research hours

For more information on the campus program, email pe-grad_info@tamu.edu.
If you have questions about our distance learning program, email dl.info@pe.tamu.edu or call 979.845.9385

Requirements for Master of Engineering Application

Admission to our Distance Learning Graduate Program (DLGP) is a selective and competitive process with no guarantee of acceptance, due to its rigorous engineering curriculum. In order to apply:

  1. You MUST already have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from an accredited institution recognized by Texas A&M. The graduate committee may take into consideration closely related engineering majors, such as chemical, mechanical, electrical.

  2. You MUST take the GRE. GRE scores taken within the last five years are acceptable; over five years and you must retake it. The GRE is ranked on verbal and quantitative only. We do NOT accept GMAT.

NOTE: We do NOT offer a bachelor's degree, master of science degree, or Ph.D. online.

Application Deadlines

Our deadlines are different from Texas A&M deadlines and Apply Texas deadlines.  Below are the deadlines to go by for the petroleum engineering master of engineering degree though distance learning:

  • Spring attendance - deadline is September 1 of previous year
  • Summer attendance - deadline is November 1 of previous year
  • Fall attendance – deadline is December 15 of previous year

Please note that the graduate program receives a high volume of applications; therefore, decisions may not be immediately available until several weeks after the due dates given above.

How to Apply

If you already hold a four-year baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree in engineering or higher from an accredited college or university of recognized standing, please follow the outline below.

Note: degrees from institutions outside of the United States of America are evaluated by the Office of Admissions at Texas A&M University for equivalency to U.S. degrees. We are not involved with that process.

A. The Texas Common Application (TCA) 

Remember: use the Department of Petroleum Engineering's deadline dates listed above - not the TCA or Texas A&M deadline dates.

  • Shoebox Questions located in the application, page 8, will ask you if you want to seek this degree by distance education and this is where you answer: yes.
  • There is an application fee. It will not be waived.
  • You will receive a Universal Identification Number (UIN) after you submit the application. Please include the UIN on all correspondence to DL staff.
  • Applications submitted can take up to ten (10) business days for processing in the Texas A&M Office of Admissions. Once it is uploaded, then the graduate office in petroleum engineering will be able to view your application.
  • The above four steps must happen before we can access the status of your application.

B. Official Transcripts

  • Send all previous institutions, statements of degrees earned, and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. This is stated in the application.
  • Submit unofficial transcripts to the Petroleum Engr. Graduate Office (pe-grad_info@tamu.edu) and note in the email that the University you attended has been contacted to send all official transcripts/documents to the Office of Admissions.

NOTE: If you earned your degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, you do not need to attach the transcript to your application; only those courses/degrees not taken at this University.

C. GRE Scores (taken within the last five years) are ranked on verbal and quantitative only.

  • Use code 6003 for reporting GRE Scores, the department code is not needed.
  • We do NOT accept GMAT.
  • We do not have minimum GRE scores; however, due to the large number of applications received and limited number of students accepted per semester, we remain competitive. Test scores are evaluated in a manner that complies with House bill 1641.
  • You can send the unofficial scores to the PE Graduate Office (email listed above) and note in the e-mail when the Office of Admissions at Texas A&M can expect receiving the official scores.

If you are taking the GRE after the Petroleum Engineering Dept. application deadline, please send an email to the PE Graduate Office (pe-grad_info@tamu.edu) and let them know the date you are taking the GRE exam so they can print out your email and note it in your application file.

Late admission of a completed application may or may not be reviewed and may or may not result in denial of your application.

The following items can be submitted through the Texas Common Application website; OR as a pdf to the graduate office in petroleum at pe-grad_info@tamu.edu.

D. Resume

E. Three Recommendations (required)

The three references you select should attest to your ability to succeed in graduate study. Once you submit your application and access the AIS system (https://applicant.tamu.edu/), under "documents" there will be a link for "letter of recommendation." This is where you can upload other documents such as your resume/essay/other. Through the AIS system you will be able to track the status of each recommendation request.

F. Statement of Purpose (also called Personal Statement)

Suggestions for writing the statement of purpose:

  • Your purpose in attending graduate school 
  • Your expectations from this degree 
  • How the degree will develop your career
  • The problems, opportunities and/or challenges you feel you might face while working toward completing your degree

Have questions about your submitted application? Email pe-grad_info@tamu.edu or call 979.845.2287

International Students

International Student - Required Documents

TOEFL (550 paper, 213 computer, 80 IBT), IELTS (6.0), --OR-- GRE verbal (147) if English is not your native language.

Returning Master of Engineering distance learning students

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

  1. You have seven years to complete the degree, starting from the first time you registered in the DL program. After seven years, courses start dropping off your degree plan and you may find yourself retaking those courses at your expense.
  2. You must fill out the re-admit application online. The Office of Admissions cannot process your application until they receive it with your original signature. Readmit application and information: http://admissions.tamu.edu/readmit
  3. The committee will review your application and courses taken thus far in the DL Graduate Program.
  4. You must have an overall GPA 3.0 or above. No D's or F's will be reconsidered.
  5. Transcripts of any courses taken at another institution during your lapse from Texas A&M will be required.
  6. Returning students are not guaranteed admission in to the program.