Applicants must meet the Graduate School minimum requirements for admission and be accepted into the department program. Please note that meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
All applicants must have the following in order to be considered for unconditional admission:
Prospective graduate students must complete the online application form and pay the application fee. The department cannot waive the fee. Ensure the spelling and order of your name on your application matches your legal identification.
The department offers both a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering. There is a minimum core requirement of (18 for MS or 21 for PHD) credit hours in drilling, production, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, and engineering mathematics as shown in the department's Core Curriculum Requirements document. A secondary concentration area consisting of a minimum of 6 hours of earned credit in a specified field of study may be required by the advisory committee. The Master's Examination Milestones and PhD Examination Milestones defines expectations of student achievements at various states in the program.
The master's program is open to students holding BS degrees in petroleum engineering, other engineering disciplines, or sciences. The department level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student's advisory committee.
The degree is either a thesis or a non-thesis degree that requires a special project.
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 or science.
To become a doctoral candidate, a student must pass a qualifying examination, meet the one-year residence requirement, 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:
The MS and PHD programs are open to student's holding degrees in petroleum engineering, other engineering disciplines, or sciences. For students with a degree in other engineering fields or science, additional coursework is required with no graduate credit. The amount is based on the student's previous academic training.
These students 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 must 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 whose degrees are 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 below. The department may make changes based on the student’s previous academic training. Courses showing zero credit hours are not credited toward the degree. This example schedule assumes a thesis option.
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 below. However, the department may make changes based on an individual student’s previous training. Courses showing zero credit do not count as credit toward the degree. This example schedule assumes a thesis option.
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