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.