Degree Programs in Petroleum Engineering

Graduate Program Information
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   Graduate Admissions
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Degrees Offered
    Petroleum Reservoir Systems P.M.
    Petroleum Engineering M.E., M.S.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  14
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
  Required GRE Quantitative (MS)  155
  Required GRE Quantitative (PhD)  159
  Required GRE Verbal (MS, PhD)  138
   Average GRE Quantitative  161
   Average GRE Verbal  147
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.49
   Percent applicants accepted  29%

Petroleum Engineering is not a narrowly focused engineering discipline. A petroleum engineer must have a good understanding of basic engineering, the natural sciences, and mathematics, in addition to petroleum engineering and an earth science background. Graduate studies offer you an excellent avenue to be involved in multi-disciplinary studies and to gain a better understanding of the complexities of petroleum reservoirs.

Applicants seeking financial support should indicate such on the admission application. Support may be in the form of teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RAs) or fellowships. Approxiamately 45% of Petroleum Engineering graduate students receive financial aid. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline to insure priority consideration for fall semester financial support.

Due to high numbers of applications to the graduate program in Petroleum Engineering, applicants without the following core engineering, science and math courses are not eligible to apply:

  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Differential Equations
  • Chemistry I, II (with quantitative lab)
  • Physics I, II (Calculus based)
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Statics

Degree Programs

  • Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
  • Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering
  • Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering


Research in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines has a worldwide reputation for immediate usefulness in managing drilling, field development, operations, well stimulation and other production and reservoir problems. Some current research projects include:

  • Multidisciplinary reservoir characterization
  • Advanced drilling
  • Finite element modeling
  • Reservoir simulation
  • IOR/EOR methods
  • Naturally fractured reservoirs
  • Carbonate reservoirs
  • Pressure transient analysis
  • Rock physics
  • Rock mechanics
  • Stimulation and completion methods
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Horizontal and advance wells
  • Pore scale modeling and imaging
  • Economics and management
  • Tight gas sand production
  • Natural gas engineering

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Petroleum Engineering Department is a participant in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which allows students who are residents of one of the 14 western states to enroll at Mines with resident tuition. Students applying to the Petroleum Department who are residents of participating WICHE states may enroll as WRGP students. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Applicants do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by Mines.


Denise Winn-Bower, Assistant to the Graduate Program Chair
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3740 or 1-800-446-9488, Ext. 3740
FAX: 303-273-3189

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