Petroleum Engineering Program

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Please contact: Anne Sturm

Petroleum Engineering Program
Academic Advisor
UH Cullen College of Engineering
Department of Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering

5000 Gulf Freeway Bldg 9, Room 219
Houston, TX 77204-0945
Email: masturm [at] uh [dot] edu
Location: UH Energy Research Park (ERP)
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Graduate Degree Programs

Masters of Petroleum Engineering (courses only)

The University of Houston Petroleum Engineering Program offers a Master of Petroleum Engineering.

Pre-Requisites / Leveling Courses

We do not recommend students with non engineering degrees to apply for the petroleum engineering masters program. The background necessary from the math, science and engineering academic preparations of the undergraduate engineer are essential. The master's program cuuriculum assumes high competency in those areas and successful students attest to that premise. All program participants not holding a Petroleum Engineering degree will be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses
PETR 5361 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
PETR 5328 Petroleum Fluid Properties and Phase Equilibria
PETR 5362 Reservoir Engineering I    
PETR 5364 Origin and Development of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Prerequisite not counted for graduate credit towards degree
Degree Requirements 

Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering: Twenty-four (24) credit hours of approved courses beyond the introductory level in Petroleum Engineering plus six (6) credit hours dedicated to a Masters Thesis. (Offered on Special Basis and Limited Availability)

Additional credit hours in prerequisite courses are required when the previous degree is not in Petroleum Engineering.

Students may elect whether to complete the Non-thesis Option, requiring 36 credit hours of approved courses beyond the introductory level in Petroleum Engineering, or the Thesis Option, requiring 24 credit hours of approved courses beyond the introductory level in Petroleum Engineering plus 6 credit hours dedicated to the Master Thesis. (Offered on Special Basis and Limited Availability). A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for graduation.

Required Courses
PETR 6302 Reservoir Engineering II
PETR 6304 Evaluation of Petroleum Bearing Formations I
PETR 6368 Well Drilling & Completions I
PETR 6372 Petroleum Production Operations
Advanced Level Courses
PETR 6308 Advanced Petroleum Production Operations
PETR 6310 Petroleum Production Economics
PETR 6312 Evaluation of Petroleum Bearing Formations II
PETR 6314 Pressure Transient Test
PETR 6316 Well Drilling & Completions II
PETR 6320 Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes
PETR 6325 Integrated Reservoir Characterization
PETR 6326 Applied Reservoir Simulation
PETR 6330 Principles of Hydraulic Fracturing
PETR 6332 Reserves Estimation I
PETR 6334 Reserves Estimation II
PETR 6350 Natural Gas Engineering
PETR 6380 Project Management
PETR 6387 Drilling & Completion of Complex Well Arch.
PETR 6397 Special Topics: Petroleum Energy Markets
*not counted for graduate credit towards degree