Petroleum Engineering (Ph.D.)
Solutions to tomorrow's energy needs depend on you. Lead the way at North Dakota's only petroleum engineering program.
As a Ph.D. candidate in UND's petroleum engineering program, you'll become an innovative, critical thinker poised to solve today's energy problems and build technology that unlocks tomorrow's hydrocarbon reservoirs. The Department of Petroleum Engineering backed by significant support from the state and the oil industry.
- Program type:
- Doctoral Degree
- On-campus or online
- Est. time to complete:
- 4 years
- Credit hours:
Why Earn a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering at UND?
As a Ph.D. candidate in UND's petroleum engineering program, you'll have an inside track to participate in practical research projects in line with industry needs - and make significant contributions when you graduate.
Current petroleum engineering research includes:
- Geomechanics, production and reservoir studies of hydraulic fracturing.
- Studies on re-fracturing for optimization of production from unconventional shales.
- Data driven modelling in unconventional reservoirs.
- Petrophysical and geochemical analysis of shale oil.
- Geophysics and seismic analysis of unconventional reservoirs.
You'll complete two consecutive semesters in residence during your first two years as a Ph.D. candidate at UND, and also complete a qualifying exam (that includes a research proposal), submit a series of peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and successfully defend a dissertation.
Work in world-class labs and train on cutting-edge simulators at our Collaborate Energy Complex.
Be on top of oil industry trends. Our Industry Advisory Council, represented by some of the state's biggest companies, regularly helps us refine our curriculum.
All master-level petroleum engineering courses available online.
Gain networking and career opportunities through relationships with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, North Dakota Petroleum Council and other groups.
Small class sizes + open-door policy among faculty = a rich, personalized learning experience for online and on-campus students.
Compete for a travel grant from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) to attend the SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium.
Host to the world’s largest – and only - oil drilling simulator.
Median salary in 2016 for a petroleum engineer in the U.S.*
Expected growth in demand for petroleum engineers by 2026, much faster than the average for all careers*
Petroleum engineers are in great demand. More than 90 percent of our graduates find jobs. Employers of petroleum engineers are involved in the following fields:
- Petroleum exploration
- Geologic formation characterization
- Drilling and fracturing
- Computer simulation
- Equipment and process design to optimize recovery
- Monitoring of production and processing
In addition, petroleum engineers are involved in refining, petro-chemical production and transportation of products, as well as geosciences, environmental efforts and international commerce.
When You Earn a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering
A doctorate in Petroleum Engineering gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Oil and Gas
- Production Engineering
- Resevoir Engineering
- Strategic Planning
UND Petroleum Engineering Alumni
Petroleum Engineering alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- Center for Energy and Environment
- Keane Group Holdings, LLC
- Continential Resources, Inc.
- Eog Resources, Inc.
- FedEx Corporation