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North Dakota is a leader in producing oil from unconventional sources. The Bakken
Formation is the second-largest producer of oil in the U.S. UND's master's in Petroleum
Engineering, backed by leading industry participants, produces engineers ready work
in the oil industry.
UND's master's in Petroleum Engineering will prepare you to address challenges in
the oil field. Our graduate students are conducting petroleum research in:
Geomechanics, production and reservoir studies of hydraulic fracturing
Re-fracturing for optimization of production from unconventional shales
Data driven modeling in unconventional reservoirs
Petrophysical and geochemical analysis of shale oil
Geophysics and seismic analysis of unconventional reservoirs
M.S. vs. M.Eng. Master's in Petroleum Engineering
UND offers both Petroleum Engineering Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering
(M.Eng.) degrees. In general, a M.Eng. program is more course-based, while the more
popular M.S. program includes a thesis and/or research project. The M.Eng. option is ideal for non-Petroleum Engineering backgrounds to learn practical
aspects of different oil and gas upstream disciplines from basic to advanced level
in a relatively short period of time with the idea to join the industry even after
the first semester. It is recommended you connect with the Department of Petroleum Engineering before making a final decision.
Both require a faculty-approved design project. You must also submit a peer-reviewed manuscript
on which you are first author, such as a conference or journal paper or patent application.
Petroleum Engineering Master's Skills
A Petroleum Engineering master's gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Petroleum engineers are in great demand. More than 90% of our petroleum engineering
graduates find jobs in the oil industry. Employers of petroleum engineers are involved
Geologic formation characterization
Drilling and fracturing
Equipment and process design to optimize recovery
Monitoring of production and processing
In addition, petroleum engineers are involved in:
Transportation of products
Jobs with Master's in Petroleum Engineering
UND Petroleum Engineering alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Seconn Automated Solutions, LLC
Cirrus Design Corporation
The Boeing Company
Center for Energy and Environment
Petroleum Engineering Master's Courses
PTRE 541. Data Mining in Petroleum Engineering. 3 Credits.
This course will provide students with the fundamentals of data mining and machine learning methodologies and their applications in the petroleum industry. Students will become familiar with data mining system architecture, concepts and tasks such as data processing, data integration and classification techniques. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Multivariable Calculus. S, odd years.
PTRE 521. Advanced Production Engineering. 3 Credits.
Principles of development and operation of petroleum production systems. Optimization of production systems for various reservoirs. All professional components in artificial technology for oil production operations. Calculation of different skin components. Horizontal well and multilateral well performance. Formation damage. Design and optimization of surface facility. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Production Engineering. F, odd years.
PTRE 581. Reservoir Geophysics. 3 Credits.
This fundamental course provides students with the basic knowledge required to understand a typical 2D 3D seismic processing workflow. This covers the processing sequence, parameter selection and how to design and handle a seismic processing project. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Petrophysics. S, even years.
PTRE 571. Petroleum Geostatistics. 3 Credits.
The reservoir data including porosity and permeability follow the spatial statistics as there is a dependency between the data depending on their distance and position with respect to each other. This course presents the fundamental of spatial statistics with several case examples in Petroleum Engineering. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Calculus-based Statistics. F, even years.
PTRE 561. Natural Gas Engineering. 3 Credits.
Estimation of gas properties for well test or production data analysis using accurate correlations and laboratory data. Gas field development and material balance analysis for gas reserve calculation. Study of production and reservoir characteristics of gas and gas-condensate reservoirs. Skin effects and calculation for non-Darcy flow in gas well. Design, evaluation, and optimization of gas production and transportation system using nodal analysis. Analysis and design of gas well flow systems. Design surface facilities for gas well stream separation, dehydration, and compression. Gas processing, transportation, and metering. Gas hydrate prevention and inhibition. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Reservoir Engineering. S, odd years.
PTRE 513. Seismic Geomechanics. 3 Credits.
This advanced course introduces students to the modern geomechanical modeling of anisotropic, heterogeneous media. Topics include the basics of elasticity, a detailed workflow for creating both 3D and 4D mechanical earth models from the creation of horizons to the interpretation, and the methods and experiments to determine the elastic and strength properties. It also covers the importance of boundary condition for numerical solution of the stress equations and production-induced deformation. Rock physics application in geomechanics is deeply explained, and seismic wave velocity in anisotropic mediawill be discussed. Geomechanical effect in time-lapse seismic data, 3D exploration of geonechanical model, and interpretation of 4D MEM is very well established. In addition, this course contains topics of reservoir seismology, production and depletion effects on geomechanics, problems occurring during hydraulic fracturing operations due to geomechanical issues, fracture identification and characterization, and stimulation optimization. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of Petrophysics. On demand.
Best Online Petroleum Engineering Master's Program
Several college ranking sites put UND’s Petroleum Engineering master's degree in the
Top 20 online programs in nation. We’re well regarded for our educational quality,
affordability and career outcomes.
Ranking sites vary in their methodology, but are generally based on the following
Financial data such as net cost, loan default rate, and return on investment
Academic rigor including curriculum standards, accreditation status, and faculty reputation
Student gratification, retention rate, and support services
UND is one of the most affordable online colleges in the region. For this program,
we offer the same online tuition rates regardless of your legal residency. Compare and you’ll see UND is lower cost than
similar four-year doctoral universities.
Flexible Petroleum Engineering Master's Online
With asynchronous classes, you do not attend class at a set time. If you need to balance
work, family, and other commitments, this flexible format allows you to learn anywhere
at any time.
Depending on your instructor, you’ll learn online through:
Streaming video content
There will be times when you interact with your instructor and classmates through
online discussion boards, polls, and chat rooms.
Your learning revolves around materials that can be accessed on your own time within
a set time frame. However, this is not a self-paced course. You’ll have structure
While the majority of your courses are offered online, you’ll come to campus to complete
portions of the program. Here, you’ll extend and apply the knowledge you’ve learned
online through hands-on activities. Our students find tremendous value in having the
opportunity to personally interact with their instructors and fellow students.
Top-Tier Online Master's in Petroleum Engineering
No matter how you customize your online experience, you’ll get the same top-quality
education as any other on-campus student.
Same degree. All online programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Your transcript and diploma are exactly the same as our on-campus students.
Same classes. You’ll take courses from UND professors, start and end the semesters at the same time
and take the same classes as a student on campus.
Real interaction. You can ask questions, get feedback and regularly connect with your professors, peers
and professionals in the field.
Your own academic advisor. As an invaluable go-to, they’re focused on you, your personal success and your future
Free online tutoring. We're here to help you one-on-one at no cost. Plus, get access to a variety of self-help
online study resources.
Unlimited academic coaching. Need support to achieve your academic goals or feeling stumped by a tough course?
We'll help with everything from stress and time management to improving your memory
to achieve higher test scores.
Full online access. Dig into virtual research from the Chester Fritz Library. Improve your writing skills
with online help from the UND Writing Center. Get online access to career services,
veteran and military services, financial services and more.
24/7 technical support. UND provides free computer, email and other technical support for all online students.
Best Online College
Reportedly high alumni salaries and job placement rates, coupled with affordable online
tuition rates make UND a best-value university for online education. UND's breadth
of online programs rivals all other non-profit universities in the upper Midwest making
UND one of the best online schools in the region.
UND ranks among the best online colleges in the nation for:
Student satisfaction (retention rate)
Academic quality (4-year graduate rate)
Student outcomes (20-year return on investment per Paysacle.com)
Leaders in Petroleum Engineering
UND's has the the best petroleum engineering program in the Midwest offering lab and
field based learning experience.
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