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Graduate Students

Petroleum Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

 

Deadlines to Apply: 

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

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

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 in Petroleum Engineering from an accredited institution.

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Items  Course Description  Credits
Core courses  At least 3 courses from the following:
   PETE 5020 - Thermodynamics
   PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
   PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
   PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
   PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
   9
Required courses  PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods
 PETE 5090 - Research Methods
   6
Seminar  PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar    6
Electives  Graduate elective courses (PETE or other), selected with approval of the student's advisor.  21
Dissertation  PETE 5980 – Dissertation Research  30
 TOTAL (minimum)  72

 

2. Students with MS in Petroleum Engineering from UW

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Items  Course Description  Credits
Transferred  Plan A M.S. courses  26
Required courses  PETE 5090 - Research Methods    3
Seminar  PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar    4
Electives  Graduate elective courses (PETE or other), selected with approval of the student's advisor.    9
Dissertation  PETE 5980 – Dissertation Research  30
 TOTAL (minimum)  72

 

3. Students with MS in Petroleum Engineering from another accredited institution

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Items  Course Description  Credits
Transferred  Approved M.S. courses  14
Core courses  At least 4 courses from the following:
   PETE 5020 - Thermodynamics
   PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
   PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
   PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
   PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
   PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods
 12*
Required courses  PETE 5090 - Research Methods    3
Seminar  PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar    4
Electives  Graduate elective courses (PETE or other), selected with approval of the student's advisor.    9
Dissertation  PETE 5980 – Dissertation Research  30
 TOTAL (minimum)  72

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

 

4. Students with MS degree in a Geoscience from an accredited institution

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Items  Course Description  Credits
Transferred Approved M.S. and non-degree graduate courses in geosciences    12
Core courses  At least 6 courses from the following:
   PETE 5010 - Transport Phenomena
   PETE 5020 - Thermodynamics
   PETE 5060 - Flow through Porous Media
   PETE 5080 - Interfacial Phenomena
   PETE 5310 - Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery
   PETE 5355 - Mathematical Methods
   18*
Required courses  PETE 5090 - Research Methods      3
Required Undergraduate Courses  At least 8 undergraduate courses:
   6 credits in advanced mathematics and
   18 credits in petroleum engineering, including:
        PETE 3200 - Reservoir Engineering
        PETE 3715 - Production Engineering
        PETE 3255 - Basic Drilling Engineering
   24
Seminar  PETE 5890 - Graduate Seminar      4
Electives  Graduate elective courses (PETE or other), selected with approval of the student's advisor.      9
Thesis  PETE 5980 – Doctoral Thesis     30
 TOTAL (minimum)  100

*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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