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List of Top Petroleum Engineering Schools and Colleges

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Petroleum Engineering School Info

Students interested in studying the science and engineering principles behind the extraction of energy resources can find unique petroleum engineering programs at several top institutions. Let's take a look at some of these schools and the degrees they offer.

Students interested in studying petroleum engineering have many options, but some of the best programs can be found at Stanford University and Louisiana State University, both of which have received high graduate program rankings from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Marietta College was a regionally ranked school that also offers a distinguished petroleum engineering program leading to a bachelor's degree.

Stanford University

Stanford University's graduate petroleum engineering programs were ranked 2nd by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Its Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering program trains students for advanced roles in the petroleum engineering industry. Classes cover such topics as aquatic chemistry, contaminant hydrogeology, and gas injection processes, and can be used to facilitate student research in such areas as energy industry management, geothermal engineering, pipeline transport, reservoir modeling, carbon sequestration, and transient well analysis. Students can take additional coursework to earn an engineer degree in petroleum engineering or energy resources engineering.

A Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering program prepares students for careers in research. Students take petroleum engineering courses that can include equilibrium thermodynamics and petroleum geology exploration. They can also opt to take energy resources engineering classes on topics such as geothermal reservoir engineering and environmental economics.

Marietta College

In 2017, Ohio's Marietta College was tied for the 8th-best university in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its Bachelor of Arts in Petroleum Engineering is a liberal arts program that is the 10th-largest in the U.S. and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission. Students complete internships in the field of petroleum engineering, as well as a team design project during their final semester. The curriculum includes engineering courses in petrophysics, hydrocarbon phase behavior, reservoir engineering, and natural gas engineering.

Louisiana State University

For 2017, Louisiana State University's graduate petroleum engineering programs were ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report. Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the field are offered through the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, which encourages students to join the Society of Petroleum Engineers and recommends that undergraduates take their fundamentals of engineering exam their senior year to prepare for licensure.

The department is also home to the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory, which offers students hands-on research and training opportunities.

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Top Petroleum Engineering Schools

The following institutions are also top options for aspiring petroleum engineers:

College/University Name Location Distinction
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Offers a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Texas A & M University College Station, TX Petroleum engineering programs include an online Master of Engineering program as well as campus-based bachelor's and doctoral degrees
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX Home to the Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building
University of Houston Houston, TX The Cullen College of Engineering offers a petroleum engineering program that receives input from its Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, which is made up of area industry professionals
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in petroleum engineering
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Hosts the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA The master's degree program in petroleum engineering offers specialty tracks in geoscience technologies and smart oilfield technologies
Wayne State University Detroit, MI Classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Offers research activities that include study of the Marcellus Shale

Students aspiring to be petroleum engineers can study at the undergraduate or graduate levels at several top-ranking institutions, including Stanford University, Louisiana State University, and Marietta College. Each top petroleum engineering program can be defined by their specializations, facilities, and research opportunities, among other distinguishing characteristics.

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