Petroleum Engineering, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D765

Program Requirements

The student must have completed all coursework and research requirements for a Petroleum Engineering Master of Science or equivalent degree as determined by the graduate liaison, including the following specific requirements:
P E 5353Advanced Drilling3
P E 5523Advanced Production Engineering3
P E 6573Advanced Reservoir Engineering3
Choose one Applied Math course from the following, or approved by the department:3
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (graduate credit)
Mathematical Simulation Models
Special Studies (topic: Petroleum Inverse Problems)
Elective courses, including up to a maximum of 3 credit hours special studies12
Thesis Research6
Requirements beyond Master's Degree
At least 12 hours of coursework beyond the Master's Degree12
P E 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 36 hours, maximum 48 hours)36-48
Total Credit Hours90


Prior to defending, a student must have published (or accepted/in press) one refereed paper as first author on their dissertation research topic and have one conference proceeding as first author on their dissertation topic. The refereed paper should be in a journal that is listed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and have a minimum impact factor of 0.5. The Graduate College will not authorize a student to defend until the graduate liaison has confirmed the student has met this requirement. 

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: