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WAbout Graduate Education in Petroleum Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the University of Wyoming's Petroleum Engineering department!  We encourage you to explore our Masters and Doctoral degree offerings, as well as our faculty's research interests to find the right fit for your academic and career goals. 

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About Us

The mission of the graduate program in Petroleum Engineering is to prepare students to be leaders in industry, government, or academia. The field of petroleum engineering is continuously evolving and engineers with the advanced education and research skills associated with graduate degrees have the flexibility, breadth and depth of knowledge to become tomorrow's leaders.

UW's Petroleum Engineering Department is home to 14 faculty and approximately 55 graduate students. Because of our smaller size, we are able to offer you a lower student-to-faculty ratio to maximize your classroom experience, one-on-one contact to investigate a research problem, and options to choose between small exploratory projects and large, well established projects, as well as applied and basic disciplines.

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A graduate degree in petroleum engineering opens up a wide array of career paths. Opportunities exist in industry, academia, and national laboratories. Industry positions include typical plant and field project work with increased/advanced management opportunities. In addition, research and development positions are possible. Similarly, research positions are also available at national research laboratories and government agencies. With a doctoral degree, positions in academia for both classroom teaching and laboratory research are also possible.

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What to expect

As a graduate student, you will be exposed to all areas of petroleum engineering through your course work, student-chosen electives, department seminars, and graduate assistant responsibilities in both the classroom and research labs. This broad exposure will provide opportunities to teach in a real classroom setting, deliver professional presentations, design and conduct experiments, perform data analysis, and learn professional technical writing. In addition, you will obtain depth in your field of study through advanced elective and researchbased courses designed to assist in your research project. Finally, as part of your research project, you will become an expert in your chosen field of study and develop new knowledge to advance your field.

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Graduate Admissions Coordinator – Michele Foist

Engineering Room 4015


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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