Graduate Students

About Graduate Education in Petroleum Engineering

We're excited about your interest in the University of Wyoming's Energy & Petroleum Engineering department! You're encouraged to explore our Masters and Doctoral degree offerings, as well as our faculty's research interests, using the links below to find the right fit for your academic and career goals.  

Learn more about us and what we offer

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About Us

The mission of the graduate program in Energy & 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 Energy & Petroleum Engineering Department is home to 15 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, in both 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 research 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 energy and 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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Still want more?

Check out these other web pages for more information about graduate education at UW.

International Student Admissions
International Students and Scholars
School of Graduate Education

Contact Us

Energy and Petroleum Engineering

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071


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