Graduate Degrees in Petroleum Engineering

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Master of Science (M.S.)
The MS-seeking student is expected to demonstrate proficiency in research in a particular area of petroleum engineering. The student’s degree plan, determined by the student and the advisory committee, consists only of courses in engineering and science that enhance research performance.


Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
The MEng degree is practice oriented. Although most of the courses on the degree plan are expected to be in engineering or scientific disciplines, other courses may be selected from different fields that reflect individual interests and career goals of the student.

The Petroleum Engineering Department offers four different types of MEng degree programs:

Descriptions and requirements for the first of these three MEng programs can be found on the Petroleum Engineering website. Descriptions and requirements for the MS degree and the Standard MEng degree can be found in the Texas A&M Graduate Catalog. A feature of the Standard MEng degree is that all requirements for this degree can be satisfied through the  Distant Learning Program.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The PhD degree is a research degree that is obtained after a student demonstrates a significant, valuable and recognized contribution in a specific area of petroleum engineering. Normally, students enter the PhD program after obtaining a Masters degree (either MEng or MS). All students enrolled in the PhD program must pass a Department Qualifying Exam and a Preliminary Examination (see Graduate Catalog) to determine their suitability for conducting research and continuing in the program.


Department of Petroleum Engineering requirements for degrees.


The Petroleum Engineering (PETE) department operates its graduate program under the guidelines in Texas A&M’s Graduate Catalog where each degree requirement is described in detail. We recommend that all students familiarize themselves with the contents of this catalog. However, the PETE department has imposed additional requirements and rules that affect all graduate students seeking PETE advanced degrees.


Additional PETE rules:


1. Core Courses

The PETE faculty believes that each graduate of our program should demonstrate mastery in all of the following petroleum engineering areas:

  • Drilling

  • Production

  • Reservoir

  • Formation evaluation*

  • Economics

*An advanced course in geology can also satisfy the core requirement in formation evaluation.

The department offers core courses in each of these five areas. These courses do not require undergraduate petroleum engineering courses in the same areas as prerequisites, but their content includes at least 50% advanced material that is not included in the undergraduate courses offered at Texas A&M. A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering must take three of the five core courses. Those who have undergraduate degrees in petroleum engineering must take at least one advanced course in three of these five areas, and must take at least one advanced course in geology.

Exemptions to this core course requirement can be made when a student demonstrates proficiency by significant relevant practical experience and by the student’s advisory committee in consultation with the appropriate course instructor.

Students not possessing an equivalent ABET accredited engineering degree will be required to take a series of undergraduate courses needed to overcome engineering science deficiencies (e.g. differential equations, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, computer science).

Degree credit will not be given for any courses intended primarily to overcome academic deficiencies.


2. Technical Writing and Speaking (PETE 685) – 1 Hr

This course is required once in the student’s PETE graduate career at Texas A&M. The course may be used for degree plan credit.


3. Seminar (PETE 681) – 1 Hr

This one-hour course must be taken each semester it is offered. A maximum of 2 hours of PETE 681 can be applied to a master's degree plan and a maximum of 4 hours of PETE 681 can be applied to a PhD degree plan.