StudyQA — Bachelor: Petroleum Engineering — University of North Dakota

Petroleum Engineering

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.16 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 8.16 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1656 Duration:72 months

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With the University of North Dakota’s distance engineering degree program, you can earn your Bachelor of Science

With the University of North Dakota’s distance engineering degree program, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering while you continue to live and work in your local community. Through online learning, employees from the following companies have earned their bachelor’s degrees in engineering while continuing to work:

  • 3M
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Boeing
  • Intel
  • Hutchinson Technology
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Westinghouse
  • Whirlpool Corporation

UND’s distance engineering degree program prepares you for the responsible practice of professional engineering and provides you with the necessary skills to begin your petroleum engineering career. You will receive a well-rounded education that emphasizes:

  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • teamwork
  • leadership
  • entrepreneurship
  • lifelong learning

As a student in the online Petroleum Engineering Program, you will:

  • benefit from the strong partnerships the UND College of Engineering & Mines has formed with petroleum industry professionals in order to ensure that your education and research experiences are aligned with industry needs.
  • participate in brief on-campus labs held at North Dakota Geological Survey's Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library, which represents about 75% of the samples collected from North Dakota's rich oil and coal reservoirs.
  • learn to use the software that major petroleum-related companies are using for petroleum reservoir stimulation, petroleum production engineering, and numerical and experimental geomechanics.

As a graduate of the online Petroleum Engineering program, you will:

  • be qualified to compete for entry-level positions in the petroleum industry and governmental agencies.
  • contribute to the professional service and research for safe, reliable, and affordable energy production and environmental protection.
  • possess the necessary skills to efficiently recover natural gas and petroleum from new and existing resources with minimal environmental impact.
  • understand the scale and integration of systems, including: science and technology, economics and business, policy and regulation, and society and behavior.
  • gain a strong background in ethics, safety, economics, information technology, leadership, management, and communication.
  • develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to deal with technical and environmental issues in the petroleum engineering industry.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February 1 (Summer); February 1 (Fall); September 1 (Spring) Tuition fee
  • EUR 8160 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 8160 Year (National)


Start date January,May,August 2015 Credits 135 Credits
Duration full-time 72 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant Flexible Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

135 credits are required for graduation, with a minimum of the following:

  • 39 credits that meet UND's Essential Studies (General Education) requirements.
  • 60 credits from a 4-year, regionally accredited college or university.
  • 36 credits at an upper-division level (300 or above).
  • last 30 credits from UND; you will be required to take specific courses in your major from UND.

All engineering students must complete foundation courses in Chemistry, English, Math, and Physics with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in upper-division (300 or above) engineering courses.

Your advisor will assist you with a plan of study that meets UND's degree requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 76

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

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If you are wondering if a high-tech career in petroleum engineering is right for you, you should compare your interests, talents, and skills to the types of job tasks you will perform.

  • Are you interested in geology, math, physics, and chemistry?
  • Are you creative and detail-oriented?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you enjoy working with others?

Petroleum engineers design methods to efficiently recover oil and gas from below the earth. As a petroleum engineer, you may be expected to:

  • characterize deep geologic formations and their contained oil and gas
  • design and drill vertical and directional wells
  • complete wells for production by injecting multiphase fluids
  • optimize production using reservoir engineering principles
  • manage projects using business and economic principles

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Although specific technical requirements may vary by online course or program, the following general technical requirements are required for all online courses. Active E-mail Account Current Operating System: Windows or Macintosh Internet Connection: DSL/Cable (recommended) Note: A wireless or satellite connection should not be used for taking exams/quizzes and is not recommended for "Live" Web classes. Current Internet Browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari Word Processing Software: Microsoft Word (recommended) Additional Free Software Downloads (as necessary) IMPORTANT! For more specific information about technical requirements, refer to the UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT), your course syllabus (available approximately 1 week prior to your course start date), or contact your instructor.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of North Dakota.


ABET Accreditation: Pending for Petroleum Engineering

The new Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree is designed for accreditation by ABET. ABET is responsible for the specialized accreditation of educational programs in: applied science computing engineering technology

ABET follows a 6-year accreditation cycle, which requires UND to complete the following steps before receiving accreditation:

  • submit a self-study report,
  • undergo a campus visit by a program evaluator, and
  • graduate a student with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Because the Petroleum Engineering major is new as of Fall 2010, UND has begun the steps, but not yet completed, the ABET accreditation process.

Similar to all of UND’s engineering degrees, it is anticipated that the program will be accredited by ABET during its next cycle. If ABET accreditation is obtained, it is retroactive for all graduates of UND’s Petroleum Engineering program.

Regional Accreditation

The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND has been accredited since 1913, when the Association was first organized.

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation assures the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that determines if established quality standards are being met.

  • Accreditation is a major way for students, families, employers, government officials, and the media to know that an institution or program provides a quality education.
  • Accreditation helps students choose quality college programs that qualify for federal financial aid.
  • Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared. Many employers will only provide tuition assistance to employees for accredited programs.
  • Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
  • Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.

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