Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Applicants are not required to have a background in petroleum engineering. Students with a bachelor's degree other than petroleum engineering who have degrees in engineering, math, or sciences can also be considered for the study of advanced petroleum engineering.

There are no set minimum requirements as candidates are considered on their full application. However, students closer to the admittance averages are more competitive.

Number of Students 27
Number of Applicants 154
Average GRE-verbal 155
Average GRE-quantitative 164
Average GPA 3.7/4


Specific course work must be completed for PhD and MS students pre and post admission to the department. Please ensure you have met all requirements before you apply for the program and use the following links to PDFs as a checklist throughout your graduate student tenure.

Master's Degree Requirements

PhD Degree Requirements

Required Background Courses - MS and PhD

For any questions, please contact graduate program coordinator Amy Stewart.



#1 Petroleum Engineering Program
97% of students receive financial support
$21 million conducted in research annually
10% of alumni serve in executive level positions in industry

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester – September 1

Summer/Fall Semester – December 15