Petroleum and Geological Engineering Doctoral Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering or Geological Engineering shall satisfy all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in engineering. The degree requires 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours of coursework including the dissertation. Each candidate must meet the general requirements as specified in the bulletin of the Graduate College, as well as all requirements as specified in the general requirements for the master’s degree in Petroleum and Geological Engineering, including the satisfactory passage of the Qualifying and General Examinations.

A student should normally expect to spend the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the master’s degree in study for the doctorate. As a general rule, either his/her bachelor’s degree or master’s degree (or both) will be in PE or GE. All such hours may, on recommendation of the student’s Advisory Conference, be applied to his/her doctoral program. Exceptional applicants who have bachelor and master degrees in other engineering and science fields may be admitted to the MPGE Ph.D. program. Course work deficiencies may be necessary (such as geology), depending upon the applicant’s background. Coursework deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Liaison and will not be counted as part of the student’s Ph.D. program.

The coursework applied toward the Ph.D. degree must include a minor consisting of a minimum of 12 hours (out of 90 credit hours) of applied mathematics or other natural sciences. Courses of study are individually structured to capitalize upon each student’s background and to meet his/her specific needs and research interests. Every candidate for the Ph.D. degree in petroleum and geological engineering must satisfactorily complete the Qualifying and General Examinations.