Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Petroleum Engineering

The Ph.D. Degree in Petroleum Engineering usually takes four to five years to complete. It involves course work and a research leading to the PhD Thesis. PhD research within the Petroleum Engineering Department is broad, applying fundamental and applied sciences to investigate some of today's hot topics. Students gain advanced knowledge of petroleum engineering theory and its relationship to real life problems, including reservoir characterization and engineering, enhanced oil recovery and production operations, fluid flow in porous media, modeling of fluid properties of crude oil and natural gas, multiphase flow in wells. PhD graduates will be equipped with the important skills necessary for research and academia.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 55 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: Both of the following two courses:) (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH710Research Methodologies3.000
CHME755Graduate PhD Seminar1.000

(Group 2: Any 6 credits of the following courses:) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELEC620Analytical Techniques in Engineering3.000
ELEC600Numerical Methods in Engineering3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PETE640Directed Studies in Petroleum Engineering3.000
PETE735Advanced Topics in Petroleum Engineering I3.000
PETE736Advanced Topics in Petroleum Engineering II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any two elective courses from Petroleum Eng. or other programs) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PETE800Comprehensive Exam0.000
PETE810Prospectus Exam0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PETE900Dissertation Doctoral Research0.000 - 30.000
PETE910Dissertation Defense0.000