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   Average GPA (4.0 scale)   3.0
   Percent accepted  30%

The Petroleum Reservoir Systems program is a professional master's program offered jointy through Geology, Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering. A professional master's degree is similar in scope to the traditional master of science degree but does not require research. The program focuses on emerging multi-disciplinary fields of study and is designed to provide you career-oriented skills and knowledge.

Financial support may be available to select students through teaching assistantships. These awards generally cover tuition, fees and a monthly stipend in exchange for work performed. As a non-thesis program, research assistantships are not available to professional master's students.

Additional funding is available through federal student loans. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline.

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The Petroleum Reservoir Systems (PMPRS) program is a non-thesis degree program consisting of 36 credit hours of coursework in petroleum geoscience and engineering; no research is required. The degree is particularly suited for students interested in working as engineering and geoscience professionals in the petroleum industry. The degree typically takes 4 semesters (2 years) as no summer courses are available. Students may enroll part-time.

Nine of the 36 required credits must consist of:

  • 1 course from the following:
    • GPGN 419/PEGN 419 - Well Log Analysis and Formation Evaluation
    • GPGN 519/PEGN 519 - Advanced Formation Evaluation
  • 2 courses from the following:
    • GEGN503/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multi-Disciplinary Petroleum Design
    • GEGN 503/GPGN 503/PEGN 503 - Integrated Exploration & Development I
    • GEGN 504/GPGN 504/PEGN 504 - Integrated Exploration & Development II

Nine additional hours must consist of one 3-credit course from each of the three participating departments. The remaining 18 hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the three participating departments, or other courses approved by the PMPRS committee. Up tp 6 hours may consist of independent study, including an industry project.


Applicants to the Petroleum Reservoir Systems program are expected to have completed the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s in a related discipline. Those with degrees in unrelated fields are occasionally accepted; however, they must complete deficiency courses prior to or concurrent with taking graduate courses.

Students apply into the program through one of the participating departments: Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics or Petroleum Engineering. Students apply through the department in which they want a faculty advisor.


Michelle Szobody
Geophysics Department
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3935


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