Graduate Program

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Be an Energy Leader. Be a Longhorn.

The University of Texas at Austin petroleum engineering graduate program, by the numbers, is a strong and influential community that is dedicated to changing the world — 160 students, $13.7 million in research funding and 1,200 alumni with graduate degrees. You will learn and develop in one of the nation’s fastest growing cities for energy and technology.

UT PGE’s education and research enables students to make an impact on society by finding solutions to our greatest energy issues. The program, which ranks No. 1 by US News and World Report, has a tradition of excellence that stems from:

  • Robust curriculum
  • Exceptional faculty
  • Unmatched, innovative research program

UT PGE offers the following graduate programs: 

  • M.S. Program
  • Ph.D. Program

Both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are housed on the UT Austin campus. Currently, we do not offer an online M.S. or Ph.D. graduate degree, however, an online graduate certificate program is available.

In the classroom, students will receive a robust education from world-class professors - some of whom have written the books on petroleum engineering. Graduate students conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities that provide unique capabilities in a variety of areas including big data, production logging, vertical and inclined flow in wells, artificial lift, core flooding for enhanced oil recovery, subsurface environmental remediation, drilling, rock mechanics, well log digitizing and interpretation, and PVT analysis.

Since many energy companies conduct worldwide operations, petroleum engineers may have the opportunity to work on assignments around the globe. Petroleum engineers must solve a variety of technological, political, and economic problems encountered in these assignments. These exciting challenges combine to offer a petroleum engineer a most rewarding career.

We welcome you to become a part of a diverse community recognized internationally for its bold spirit of pride and prestige. Define your future as you realize you are free to question ideas, pursue long-held passions and explore new interests—to redefine what's possible.