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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Petroleum Engineering, M.S.E.

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Master’s Program

The objective of the master’s program is to educate the student in both professional engineering and research.


Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants must take the GRE General Test and have an official copy of the scores submitted to the Graduate School. They must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • A 3.0 minimum overall grade point average in undergraduate study or approval by the graduate program advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • All applicants from non-English speaking countries who have not received degrees from U.S. universities must also have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based exam, or 550 on the paper-based exam. A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS examination may be substituted for the TOEFL.

It is emphasized that the above requirements are minimum requirements. The qualifications of students entering the program are expected to substantially exceed the minimum requirements. A student who meets only the minimum requirements in each of the above areas may be denied admission. Applicants are selected for admission throughout the year.

The total number of students pursuing graduate degrees will be limited. Applicants must designate their major fields of research interest.

General Master’s Degree Requirements

A student must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. In order to obtain a Master’s degree, a student must have at least a 3.0 average in all petroleum engineering courses taken for graduate credit at The University of Tulsa.

Not more than six hours of C grades in course work are acceptable in the master’s program. Thesis grades are recorded on a pass-fail basis and are not computed in grade point averages. A passing grade in thesis hours is required.

All non-thesis master’s program students are initially advised by the graduate program advisor appointed by the chair of the department.

All courses taken for graduate credit in other programs shall be selected from those listed in this Bulletin and the choices are subject to the approval of the advisor. No more than six credit hours of approved courses can be transferred.

Curriculum Requirements

Thesis Option Leading to Master of Science in Engineering Degree

Minimum credit hours outside major department 3
Credit hours of thesis 3-6
Minimum credit hours of at least 7000-level courses, excluding thesis 18
Minimum credit hours in major department including core courses PE 7013 , PE 7023  and PE 7063 , excluding thesis 12
Maximum credit hours of approved 6000-level courses 6
Maximum credit hours of independent study 3
Minimum total credit hours 30

Upon completion of the research, the student pursuing a thesis must pass a comprehensive oral examination. After consulting with the student, the advisor recommends, for the Dean of the Graduate School’s approval, an oral examination committee consisting of the advisor and two other graduate faculty members. In addition to the advisor, at least one other committee member must be from the Petroleum Engineering Department. The remaining committee member may either be a University of Tulsa faculty member from a department other than petroleum engineering, or a qualified expert in the research area from outside the University. The comprehensive oral examination covers the research work and content of the thesis.

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