May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Petroleum Engineering, M.S.E.

Return to the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering .

See also Petroleum Engineering, M.E.  

The objective of the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program in petroleum engineering is to educate the student in both professional engineering and research.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Engineering graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate advanced technical and effective communication skills in engineering.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of ethical and environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate effective communication of research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to disaggregate, reformulate, and adapt principles, techniques or methods in conducting a thesis.


Requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including English proficiency, may be found in the Admission  section of this Bulletin.

In addition, applicants to the graduate program in petroleum engineering must have an official copy of their scores in the GRE General Test submitted to the Graduate School and have a 3.0 minimum overall grade point average in undergraduate study or approval of the graduate program advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Applicants must designate their major fields of research interest.

It is emphasized that these 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 may be denied admission. The total number of students pursuing graduate degrees will be limited. Applicants are selected for admission throughout the year.

Curriculum Requirements

Students in the Master’s program in petroleum engineering must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. To obtain a Master’s degree, a student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in petroleum engineering courses taken for graduate credit at The University of Tulsa.

Not more than six hours coursework with grades of C are acceptable in the master’s program. Thesis grades are recorded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) and are not computed in grade point averages. A grade of S in thesis hours is required.

Courses taken for graduate credit in other programs shall be selected from those listed in this Bulletin and are subject to the approval of the advisor. No more than 6 credit hours of approved courses can be transferred.

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 McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering . 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.

Graduate Seminar Requirement

Students must also enroll in PE 7220  their first two semesters, in addition to any other courses chosen with the graduate program advisor.