Master of Science Overview
Master of Science with Thesis
The master’s program requires a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours above the baccalaureate degree, including 6 credit hours allowed for the thesis. The department graduate advisor will meet, advise, and approve courses for the degree each semester. A written thesis is required for the master’s degree. In addition, the candidate’s thesis committee will administer a final oral exam in defense of the completed thesis.
Master of Science without Thesis
The department also offers a nonthesis master’s program that requires a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours approved by the graduate advisor (excluding seminar). The graduate program for nonthesis master’s candidate is specifically tailored for that candidate’s educational background, industry experience, and individual interest.
For both the thesis and the nonthesis programs, a final comprehensive examination is required. The policy governing the comprehensive examination is available with the departmental graduate advisor. Comprehensive examinations are given only after the graduate dean has admitted the students to candidacy.
Combined B.S. & M.S. Degrees
Student entering the petroleum engineering program are assigned a faculty advisor and are responsible for arranging a course of study with the advisor’s counsel and approval. Programs leading to a combined B.S. & M.S. degree are available. Students interested in these programs should inform their academic advisor during the first semester of the junior year. Students must meet all Graduate School admission requirements.