Graduate

Degrees Offered

The department offers both a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering.

Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering is available with either a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires completion of 24 hours of approved course work (at least 9 hours must be in courses at the 7000 level) and submission of an acceptable thesis. At least 6 hours of thesis credit are required. The non-thesis option requires completion of 36 hours of approved course work, including at least 18 hours in courses numbered 7000 or above. Students pursuing the non-thesis option should be aware that they would have less chance than students pursuing the thesis option of receiving financial support from the department.

All students seeking a Ph.D. or M.S. Degree in petroleum engineering must fulfill the following requirements.

  1. Engineering Math
    MS: One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    Ph.D.: Two of the following courses (6 credit hours)
    Math 4038, ME 4563, PETE 7201, a course in Experimental Statistics or other advance mathematics course
  2. Drilling
    One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    PETE 4045, PETE 4086, PETE 4087, PETE 7241
  3. Formation Evaluation
    One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    PETE 3036***, PETE 4088, PETE 7214, PETE 7195, PETE 7285
  4. Production One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    PETE 4046, PETE 4085, PETE 7211, PETE 7212, PETE 4090
  5. Reservoir
    Two of the following courses (6 credit hours)
    PETE 4051, PETE 4052, PETE 4056, PETE 4083, PETE 4089, PETE 7202, PETE 7231, PETE 7280, PETE 7232

Total Credit Hours: 18-21. (This list is a supplement and not a substitute for the LSU Catalog requirement).  

***Only students with BS in other engineering areas or science. The course does not contribute graduate credit hours.

The number of semesters required to obtain the master’s degree depends upon the student’s previous academic training.

Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering is open to students holding a M.S. in petroleum engineering. However, special programs involving additional course work can be developed for those with M.S. degrees in related branches of engineering.

To become a doctoral candidate, a student must pass a qualifying examination, meet the residence requirements, and complete a minimum of either 54 semester hours of approved course work beyond the B.S. or 30 semester hours beyond the M.S.

The Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering does not require a minor for doctoral students. The department does recognize the value of taking courses outside the curriculum to augment a student’s research and/or to expand a student’s knowledge in other areas. Therefore, a doctoral student in petroleum engineering must meet at least one of the following requirements:

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