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 vexing problems and build technology that unlocks tomorrow's hydrocarbon reservoirs. As the only Petroleum Engineering program in North Dakota, we are backed by significant support from the university, state and industry.

Program Snapshot
Program type:
Doctoral Degree
On-campus or online
Est. time to complete:
4 years
Credit hours:

Why Study 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 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.