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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering offers the full spectrum of career opportunities - whether working for large multinational corporations or smaller independent oil companies, or even opportunities for the development of new companies and enterprises. The industry continues to re-invent itself and in recent years there have been major new developments in the horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, production and stimulation, and the production of deep, tight gas formations, to mention a few. Such developments have invigorated the US and global petroleum production industry and will have an important impact in meeting global energy challenges in the future.


The vision of the University of Houston Department of Petroleum Engineering is to be a center of world-class petroleum engineering education, research and service in Houston, the center of the world petroleum industry.


The mission of the University Of Houston Department Of Petroleum Engineering is to educate students to become highly qualified petroleum engineers, to conduct innovative research in petroleum engineering and related interdisciplinary areas, and provide service to the profession and to society.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the University of Houston petroleum Engineering Program will:

• address the challenges of the world’s energy needs responsibly,
• exceed the evolving expectations of employers in the petroleum and energy industries,
• sustain industry leading skills, and
• be leaders in industry, academe, and government.

Admission Requirements

Deadline for application & receipt of all materials for admission to the Master’s Program in Petroleum Engineering*:

*Currently admission is for the MPE- non-thesis option degree.  Students aspiring to the MS program may petition after the completion of their first semester.

Fall term - April 1

Spring term - September 15

Besides an undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering, Bachelor degree holders in other engineering discipline’s such as chemical, mechanical, civil, industrial, electrical, etc. are recommended to apply.

If you have a bachelor’s degree outside of the field of engineering, we recommend that you consider a 2nd bachelor’s path in petroleum engineering.  The background preparations necessary from the math, science and engineering academics of the undergraduate engineer are essential to success in the graduate program.  The master’s program curriculum assumes high competency in those areas.

A GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale of all your undergraduate coursework completed.

GRE score: Verbal=80th percentile and Math=80th percentile as advantageous in the admissions process (GRE must be valid within the last 5 years).  We also do not accept other graduate tests in lieu of the GRE and the GRE is not waived for students with a prior graduate degree.
*Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE. The 80th percentile scores represent desirable scores.

Work experience is considered a plus for the individual student’s overall knowledge base, but is not a factor in the admission process as it is not required.

Students required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam must meet the standard UH minimum scoring requirements to be admitted and the test must be dated within two years of the application term.  UH has a list of international countries that they exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS - please verify your country of degree with the exemption list. 
This is not a requirement that is waived for US citizenship.  It is based on the country in which you received your university education.  (http://www.uh.edu/admissions/apply/international/admissions-criteria/english-proficiency-toefl/index.php).  Applicants who do not achieve the minimum TOEFL score required by the university are not considered candidates for admission.

UH considers domestic and international students on the same basis.

Scholarships are available when monies are donated.  Teaching assistantships are available by application and qualification of the student.  Financial sponsorship by the department is not available to incoming or current students in the Petroleum Engineering Master’s Program.

The Petroleum Engineering Master’s Program does not offer pre-admission or conditional admission to the master’s program.

All required materials toward review for admission must be received by the deadline to be considered for admission in the term of their application.

We are admitting students in the fall and spring terms to the non-thesis option (MPE) in our master’s program (36 credit hours to degree/12 classes).  We do not have online petroleum courses available.  A typical full time master’s student enrolls in 9 hours/3 classes per term for the fall and spring terms.  Any student wishing to take more than 9 hours must have the permission of the Petroleum Director prior to enrolling.  Students may also choose to enroll full or part time as their schedules allow, but the time limit to complete all coursework for a master’s degree is 5 years.

Additional prerequisites/leveling courses required of an admitted student will be indicated in the admission letter at the time that admission is offered to a prospective student.  Completion of the prerequisite courses is not available or required in advance of admission to the program.  This requirement comes from the thorough review of the candidates file.  Up to 4 additional classes may be required; such prerequisite/leveling courses do not count toward the degree.

Students wishing to transfer credits from another master’s program should be aware that a maximum of 6 credit hours is allowed and approval is not guaranteed.  The Petroleum Engineering Program Director will make a determination based on the detailed course information required from the student.  Credits from an undergraduate degree or completed graduate degree cannot be used as transfer toward the UH Petroleum Engineering master’s degree.

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