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Oklahoma State University

Petroleum Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines:

Applications may be submitted at any time.  However for full consideration of financial support the following deadlines are recommended.

  • for fall semester (beginning August) admission: February 1
  • for spring semester (beginning January) admission: August 1

What materials are required?

  1. Official online OSU Graduate College Application (and pay the application fee)
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions where you have done college level coursework
  3. Score report from the General Portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
                  Note: OSU's GRE institution code is 6546, Petroleum Engineering code is 1611
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the IELTS (academic stream) examination.  The exam must have been taken within the last two years. 
  5. Statement of background and goals (2-page statement; indicating why you have applied to the program at OSU and which faculty members you would like to work with, if admitted.)
  6. The names and email addresses for at least three references.
  7. Current resume

What Are the Program’s Admission Requirements?

Petroleum Engineering graduate faculty members consider a variety of factors when making an admission recommendation.  Academic background (i.e., the courses you have taken as an undergraduate) and test scores will be considered along with your statement of goals.
Applicants must have:

  • GPA - The department prefers a minimum requirement of a degree from an ABET Accredited B.S. program and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 for admission to the masters program and a graduate grade point average of 3.5 for admission to the PhD program (on a 4.0 scale).  Equivalent credentials are required from an international university.
  • For international students, the minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL exam for admission to Petroleum Engineering is 79 (on the internet-based TOEFL), 213 (computer based test) or 550 (paper based test) or an IELTS academic stream score of at least 6.5.
  • An undergraduate degree or undergraduate minor in Petroleum Engineering is not required for admission into the Petroleum Engineering graduate program.  Students with undergraduate degrees in fields such as chemistry, geosciences, physics, mathematics, biological sciences or another engineering discipline are also invited to apply for admission to our graduate program. Such applications are evaluated on an individual basis, and specific plans of study are developed for each student. These study plans typically include additional credit hours of undergraduate courses in Petroleum Engineering.