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.
- 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
One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
PETE 4045, PETE 4086, PETE 4087, PETE 7241
- Formation Evaluation
One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
PETE 3036***, PETE 4088, PETE 7214, PETE 7195, PETE 7285
- Production One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
PETE 4046, PETE 4085, PETE 7211, PETE 7212, PETE 4090
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.
- Students with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering can finish graduate work in 3 regular semesters. LSU students may sometimes shorten this period to 2 regular semesters if they qualify to take 2 or more courses for graduate credit during their last semester as an undergraduate. The minimum requirement is 30 semester hours of graduate work, 24 hours of which must be in course work. At least 15 semester hours mut be in courses either at or above the 7000 level. Students will concentrate in petroleum engineering, but the department may require a minor of 6 semester hours in a related field.
- Students with a B.S. in Other Engineering Fields should expect a graduate program of at least 4 semesters. They will be required to take additional courses in geology and petroleum engineering. The additional courses will be based on the individual student's previous training. The usual curriculum is given here.
- Students with a B.S. in Science whose curriculum included chemistry, physics, and mathematics through calculus may be admitted but will be required to take additional courses in geology, engineering science, and petroleum engineering. The additional courses will be based on the individual student’s previous training. Students should expect the graduate program of at least 5 semesters. The usual curriculum is listed here.
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:
- Acquire an approved minor or take 9 to 12 semester hours of courses outside of the department. Courses must be selected by both the student and his/her major professor and approved by the department’s graduate faculty. The courses must represent a logical and cohesive package that satisfies one or both of the previously mentioned goals.
- The Ph.D. is conferred after a candidate has successfully completed the dissertation and passed the general and final examinations.