We’re building the next generation of petroleum engineers. Offered both online and in-classroom, the University of Utah’s master’s program in petroleum engineering meets the needs of early and mid-career professionals who are eager to expand their industry knowledge. The comprehensive program offers both conceptual and practical hands-on experience that builds invaluable skills, preparing students for vital roles in the energy industry. The program offers petroleum engineering and geology fundamentals and advanced topics as well as geopolitical, economic, and environmental insights.

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Online or In-Classroom

Build skills without having to relocate. Courses are available on campus or via distance learning. Many students are mid-career professionals who take the coursework remotely, enabling them to stay in the workforce.

Research Institution

Gain access to the best minds. The program is closely associated with the U’s Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), the world’s largest E&P institute associated with a university.

Comprehensive and Practical

Benefit from conceptual and hands-on learning. Our program is designed to expose students to exploration and production concepts and bring them to life in a 12-day field study program in Utah and Wyoming.



  • Obtain field experience, exposure to research and hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Learn how to interact with others in diverse engineering fields through exposure to basic geologic jargon and exploration concepts and learn to identify geologic hazards that can impact drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and production.
  • Increase experience using key industry software packages for drilling, economics, reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation and hydraulic fracturing.
  • Understand stakeholder motivations as well as societal and key legal and sustainability considerations that are prominent in subsurface energy recovery.
  • Learn about a variety of job opportunities and diverse placements across corporate, private and government orgs, research facilities and universities.
  • Gain insight from guest lectures and specialists from across the industry.


Gain a unique, hands-on experience during a 12-day field study program in the Rocky Mountains and Western United States that will expose you to geologic features and engineering operations. Students visit local operations including ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Newfield, Chevron, XTO and eight other oil and gas production and service companies. The field study covers E&P operations, petroleum geoscience, midstream and refinery facilities, end-use applications, and service company operations, while highlighting potential career paths within the energy industry.




The M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering includes course work that covers petroleum engineering fundamentals and advanced topics, fundamental petroleum geologic concepts as well as exposure to constraints on energy technologies relating to geopolitical and economic considerations, environmental issues. The degree can be completed in as little as 16 months with a minimum requirement of 33 semester hours.


The U of U is a Tier One teaching and research institution. The M.S. Petroleum Engineering program is run by world-class faculty who have decades of working and teaching experience in the oil and gas industry. Students benefit from the program’s close association with EGI, which enables you access to proprietary research and insight into professional opportunities.