Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering Sees Dramatic Growth


The Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) has played a central role in the University of Utah’s new Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering program. This program has grown from 6 enrolled students in the inaugural semester in the fall of 2013 to 39 students from 8 countries in the fall 2014 semester. The program encompasses traditional resident student options as well as web-based distance learning. The M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering is housed in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is geared for both recent graduates and working professionals from around the globe. Currently, about half of the students enrolled are working professionals. Seven EGI scientists and engineers are instructors for this program, giving students access to EGI’s geoscience and engineering expertise.

The M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering also leveraged EGI’s field expertise to design a three-credit-hour, two-week Engineering Field Study course. During the field program, students visit many of EGI’s Corporate Associates at their Utah and Wyoming operations. This includes stops at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Newfield, Chevron, XTO and eight other oil and gas production and service companies. This EGI-led field study program encompasses E&P operations, petroleum geoscience, midstream and refinery facilities, end-use applications, and service company operations, while highlighting potential career paths within the energy industry. This new degree at the University of Utah will help groom the next generation of talent for the energy industry. For more information, please visit: Department of Chemical Engineering

These students are engaged in research work – either a project or a thesis. There are many opportunities for Corporate Associates to mentor these students with suggested research topics and data, and evaluate individuals who could contribute to your organization.