NMT - New Mexico Tech New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering

The New Mexico Institute of
Mining and Technology

M.S. Degree Requirements














  1. Thesis Option: An M.S. degree with thesis requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. In order to meet these requirements, students must use the following criteria to develop their degree plan.

    1. At least 12 credits must be taken as regular1 500 level petroleum graduate courses. All students must take a minimum of one regular course from two of the following categories:

      • Formation Evaluation
      • Drilling Engineering
      • Reservoir Engineering
      • Production Engineering

    2. All students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours of regular 500 level graduate or upper division courses approved by the department chair, taken outside of petroleum engineering2 in either engineering or science disciplines.

    3. A maximum of 3 credit hours of directed study3, PET 581.

    4. A maximum of 6 credit hours of research, PET 591.

    5. Registration in Graduate Seminar, PET 570, is required to maintain a student's academic good standing.

    Students may not receive credit towards their degree for courses taken at New Mexico Tech that have a course content equivalent to a course that was used to satisfy the requirements of another degree. The department chairman and advisor will decide whether or not these courses have essentially the same content.

    The student's committee is made up of at least three members. Two members, including the committee chairman, must be regular Petroleum Department faculty and one member must be outside of the regular department faculty. If the student is performing research primarily under the supervision of a faculty member that is not a member of the regular Petroleum Department faculty, this faculty member may co-chair the student's committee. Note that adjunct PRRC personnel are not regular departmental faculty and therefore are eligible to be the outside member.

  2. Independent Study Option: An M.S. degree without thesis requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. In order to meet these requirements, students must use the following criteria to develop their degree plan.

    1. At least 18 credits must be taken as regular1 500 level petroleum graduate courses. All students must take a minimum of one regular course from two of the following categories:

      • Formation Evaluation
      • Drilling Engineering
      • Reservoir Engineering
      • Production Engineering

    2. All students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours of regular 500 level graduate or upper division courses approved by the department chair, taken outside of petroleum engineering2 in either engineering or science disciplines.

    3. A maximum of 3 credit hours of directed study3, PET 581.

    4. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study, PET 590.

    5. Registration in Graduate Seminar, PET 570, is required to maintain a student's academic good standing.

    Students may not receive credit towards their degree for courses taken at New Mexico Tech that have a course content equivalent to a course that was used to satisfy the requirements of another degree. The department chairman and advisor will decide whether or not these courses have essentially the same content.

    The role of the student's advisory committee is to approve a course of study for the student, to recommend to the student to change to the thesis option, and to review and evaluate the formal paper and presentation required for the independent study. By recommendation of the advisory committee a student may change to a M.S. with thesis option by the end of the second semester (not including summer session).

    This committee is composed of a committee chairman within the Petroleum Engineering Department Faculty, an internal reviewer within the department and an external reviewer outside of the department. A formal paper will be submitted and presented to the committee for review.

Notes:

  1. Courses are considered regular only if a course title and scheduled meeting time are specified and the course is open to all qualified department students.
  2. Students with degrees in disciplines other than Petroleum Engineering have taken sufficient courses in their previous major to satisfy this depth requirement and therefore may take an additional 6 credits of petroleum engineering courses instead..
  3. Directed study is eligible only if taken for a letter grade.