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List of Top Petroleum Engineering Schools and Colleges

Find out what makes the top schools that offer petroleum engineering programs stand out. Learn about school rankings, program accreditation and course offerings.

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Students interested in studying petroleum engineering have many options, but the best options include Stanford University and Marietta College. Stanford is a nationally ranked school with master's and Ph.D. programs in petroleum engineering that focus on the science and engineering of finding and extracting energy resources. Marietta College is a regionally ranked school that offers a bachelor's program in the field.

1. Stanford University in California

School Highlight: Stanford University was ranked 2nd among graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

Stanford's Master of Science (M.S.) in Petroleum Engineering program trains students for advanced roles in the petroleum engineering industry. Research areas include energy industry management, geothermal energy, groundwater and environmental issues, non-Newtonian fluids, oil and gas recovery, pipeline transport, reservoir modeling, simulation and engineering, carbon sequestration and transient well analysis. Classes cover topics in aquatic chemistry, contaminant hydrogeology, gas injection processes and heat transfer. Students can take additional engineering coursework and complete an engineer degree in petroleum engineering or energy resources engineering.

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program prepares students for a career in research of petroleum engineering. Students take petroleum engineering courses, including equilibrium thermodynamics and petroleum geology exploration. They can opt for coursework from the energy resources engineering area such as geothermal reservoir engineering and environmental economics.

2. Marietta College in Ohio

School Highlight: In 2015, Marietta College was named the 6th best university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

Marietta's Bachelor of Arts in Petroleum Engineering is a liberal arts program that accepted only 118 freshmen during its spring 2015 semester, 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 in their final semester. The curriculum includes petrophysics, hydrocarbon phase behavior, reservoir engineering and natural gas engineering.

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Top Schools for Petroleum Engineering

College/University Name Distinction Location
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Hosts the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTT Lab) for hands-on learning Baton Rouge, LA
Pennsylvania State University B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is ABET-accredited University Park, PA
Texas A & M University Offers the Master of Engineering program in petroleum engineering online; however, the bachelor's and doctoral programs are on-campus only College Station, TX
Texas Tech University Opened the new Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building Lubbock, TX
University of Houston The Cullen College of Engineering's petroleum engineering program receives input from its Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, made up of area industry professionals Houston, TX
University of Kansas Offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in petroleum engineering Lawrence, KS
University of Texas at Austin Hosts the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) Austin, TX
University of Southern California The master's program in petroleum engineering also offers two specialty tracks, in geoscience technologies and in smart oilfield technologies Los Angeles, CA
Wayne State University Classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Detroit, MI
West Virginia University Research activities include study of the Marcellus Shale Morgantown, WV
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