Department Description

The Mines Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in petroleum engineering education and research. We attract highly qualified students from all over the world, which creates a healthy international atmosphere. The popularity of the program is reflected in the large number of applicants, the industry demand for our graduates, and the high level of financial support from private sources, alumni, and industry partners.

We offer both an undergraduate degree program (ABET accredited) and graduate degree programs at Master and PhD levels. All disciplines within the field of petroleum engineering, which can be categorized into drilling, production, and reservoir engineering, are covered in depth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Specific areas of focus are fundamental fluid and rock behavior, well design and construction, well completion and stimulation, formation evaluation, well testing, reservoir characterization, production operations and artificial lift, reservoir engineering and management, supplemental recovery, economic evaluation of petroleum projects, and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.

A student in our undergraduate program will be involved in math, computer sciences, chemistry, physics, general engineering, the humanities, technical communication, including report writing and public speaking, environmental issues, and corporate social responsibility. The breadth and depth of our program is designed to prepare each graduate for a successful career with both technical competence and managerial ability.

At the graduate level, the department offers a choice of thesis-based Master of Science (MS) degree or non-thesis, Master of Engineering (ME) degree. The department also offers Petroleum Engineering undergraduate students a five-year, Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program.

Students having an MS in Petroleum Engineering, or in another complimentary discipline, can be accepted to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. To obtain the PhD degree, a student must demonstrate unusual competence, creativity, and dedication in the degree field. In addition to extensive course work, a dissertation is required for the PhD degree.



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