Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering
University of North Dakota

Program Details

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering program offers an inside track to participate in research projects that align with industry needs and prepares students to make significant contributions upon graduation.  The curriculum helps students become innovative, critical thinkers that are prepared to problem-solve current problems and build technology that will unlock tomorrow’s hydrocarbon reservoirs.  Students can perform in research such as:

  • Geomechanics, production, and reservoir studies of hydraulic fracturing
  • Re-fracturing for optimization from unconventional shales
  • Data driven modelling in unconventional reservoirs
  • Petrophysical and geochemical analysis of shale oil
  • Geophysics and seismic analysis of unconventional reservoirs


  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • A Master of Science degree in a related discipline with a GPA of 3.0 
  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program and have an acceptable GPA

Program requires a minimum two-day on campus visit in Grand Forks each semester.

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission