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Graduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy


For international applicants, please visit this web page for information about English proficiency testing during the COVID19 restrictions: https://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/international/english-alternatives.html.


Deadlines to Apply: 

Fall admission: February 1  |  Spring admission: September 15  |  Apply!

Applications may still be submitted after these dates but will only be considered if there are positions available.


Minimum Admission Criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering or closely related field from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA:  3.0
  • GRE Score:  305 (or 1150)
  • English proficiency requirements for international students:
    TOEFL:  Minimum score of 80  or IELTS:  Minimum score of 6.5 in each section

Application documents needed for uploading:

  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended, unofficial copy
  • GRE Test Scores, unofficial copy
  • TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores, unofficial copy
  • Statement of purpose (personal statement)
  • Email contact information for three professional references

About the Ph.D. Program

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

All students in the Ph.D. program will learn the research techniques that individuals working in national laboratories, industrial positions and academia are currently utilizing.

**Note: An M.S. degree is not required to enter a Ph.D. program.


Course Requirements for Ph.D.

1: Students with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from an accredited institution

ITEMS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

CREDITS

Core Courses

At least three courses from the following:

PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
PETA 5020 - Thermodynamics
PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
PETE 5350 - Advanced Reservoir Engineering

9

Required Course

PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods

3

Required Course

PETE 5090 - Research Methods

3

Seminar

PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar

6

Electives

Graduate-approved elective course (PETE or other), selected by the student with approval of the student's advisor

21

Research

PETE 5980 - Dissertation Research

30

TOTAL

72

 

2: Students with an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Wyoming

ITEMS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

CREDITS

Transferable

Plan A MS Courses, excluding thesis research

26

Core Courses

PETE 5090- Research Methods

3

Seminar

PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar

4

Electives

Graduate-approved elective course (PETE or other), selected by the student with approval of the student's advisor

6

Research

PETE 5980 - Dissertation Research

30

TOTAL

72

 

3: Students with an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from another accredited institution

ITEMS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

CREDITS

Transferable

Approved MS courses (see your adviser for more information)

14

Core Courses

At least four courses from the following:

PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
PETA 5020 - Thermodynamics
PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
PETE 5350 - Advanced Reservoir Engineering
PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods

12*

Required Course

PETE 5090 - Research Methods

3

Seminar

PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar

4

Electives

Graduate-approved elective course (PETE or other), selected by the student with approval of the student's advisor

9

Research

PETE 5980 - Dissertation Research

30

TOTAL

72

 

4: Students with an MS degree in geoscience from another accredited institution

ITEMS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

CREDITS

Transferable

Approved MS and non-degree graduate courses in geosciences (see your adviser for more information)

12

Core Courses

At least six courses from the following:

PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
PETA 5020 - Thermodynamics
PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
PETE 5350 - Advanced Reservoir Engineering
PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods

18*

Required Course

PETE 5090 - Research Methods

3

Required Undergraduate Courses

At least eight undergraduate courses:
Six credits in advanced mathematics and 18 credit in petroleum engineering, including:

PETE 3200 - Reservoir Engineering
PETA 3715 - Production Engineering
PETE 3255 - Basic Drilling Engineering

6


18

Seminar

PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar

4

Electives

Graduate-approved elective course (PETE or other), selected by the student with approval of the student's advisor

9

Research

PETE 5980 - Dissertation Research

30

TOTAL

88


* some or all of these credit hours can be transferred by petition, provided they are non-degree credits.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions Coordinator – Michele Foist

Engineering Room 4015

Email: pete-info@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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