3 Year Online Doctoral Program in Petroleum Engineering Opens at Blue Marble University

Blue Marble University announces the opening of a new online doctoral program in chemical engineering. The new online program is titled:

Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)- Petroleum Engineering.

Walter P. Drake, Director of Blue Marble University, stated: “We were looking to develop a new, innovative, multi-disciplinary chemical engineering doctoral program. With the newly developing  hydrofracturing techniques as well as the discovery over the last 3 years of the immense shale oil fields Eagle Ford and Bakkan in the US, it was natural to focus chemical engineering education in the direction of petroleum engineering. That is where the jobs and opportunities are.  Along with core engineering, we include many topics never found in a chemical engineering program but which are nonetheless very useful in the real world, and in real world careers, including: The Eagle Ford and Bakkan oil and gas formations; royalties and leases; business of oil; permits and environmental impact; industry sources of technical information; and the review of petroleum trade journals and research reports. With the DSc petroleum engineering degree from Blue Marble, you are more likely to end up in an office rather than on a drilling rig, although field work and field analysis is always going to be necessary”.

The three year Doctor of Science program can be completed entirely online and includes the requirement for a thesis. A moire detailed description of the program can be found here: https://bluemarbleuniversity.com/petroleum-engineering-online-doctoral-degree/

The Curriculum: Doctor of Science–Petroleum Engineering

We operate on a trimester schedule, which means that our academic year is divided into 3 segments of 4 months each. In each 4 month period, students take three courses. For some terms, or as determined by the University, students may be assigned courses in sequence, lasting about 1 month each. In that event, for any approximate one month period, a student will be studying one course.


(Equivalent to the USA Minimum Requirement for a Doctoral Degree)

Courses Subject to Change and Revision Without Notice

Year 1

Term 1

Online Portfolio: Every student must complete an Online Portfolio, essentially an online published resume,  summarizing their education, work experience, training, and interests. This course will outline the requirements which are intended to be met before completion of the program, and will introduce the student to the wordpress.com platform.

Hydrocarbons: Properties of hydrocarbons, such as, density, refractive index, acoustic impedance, electrical conductivity and other.

Engineering Mathematics: Math with emphasis on equations and formulas particular to the oil industry.

Drilling Engineering: The art and science of drilling oil wells, including oil field familiarization, pressure control, and methodology.

Term 2

Facilities and Construction Engineering: Design and engineering of facilities and auxiliary components, with emphasis on management activities

Production and Operations Engineering: Includes study of flow of fluids, natural flow vs artificial lift systems, and including offshore operations

Reservoir Engineering: Primary recovery, Secondary recovery, and enhanced recovery, including reservoir lithology

Term 3

Well Completions: Casings, tubings, the christmas tree, types of completions, with emphasis on the well head integrity, well testing

Drilling Fluid Technology and Cementing: Mud circulation, viscosities, hydraulic friction, removal of cuttings and other studies

Oil and gas Production: Collection, separation, treatment, compression, storage

Year 2

Term 1

New Technologies: With reference to scientific journals, we explore various new technologies, methodologies, and management challenges.

Shale Oil and the Eagle Ford and Bakkan Fields: A study of the recent  and still rapidly developing discovery of the USA and Canada shale oil fields and recovery techniques.

Subsea Engineering: Drilling underwater and spill prevention and containment.

Term 2

Horizontal Drilling and Fracking: The title says it all, we review and study the latest fracking technology.

Storage and Transport:  including 3 phase fluid transport, with emphasis on pipeline transport.

Permit Processes and Regulation: Within what sphere of regulation does oil and gas production exist. Insurance law is also covered.

Term 3

Environmental Impact Reports: The consideration of regulations, need for and the study of the generation of environmental impact reports

The Business of Oil: A study of Annual Reports and Industry Web Sites, and including Royalties and Leases, and novel Tax concepts

Industry Sources for High Tech Equipment and Specs: Here we review industry web sites and materials relating to sources of high tech equipment and related offerings

Year 3

Term 1

Petroleum Economics: Evaluation of oil and gas properties, including the determination of producible oil and gas, as well as the determination of future value.

Research and Writing: The Scientific Method and Study of Journals. Select and Outline Thesis Topic

Dissertation Preparation I

Term 2-3

Dissertation Preparation II

Final Dissertation Presentation and Completion of Online Portfolio

Credits: Each of the above courses (with the exception of Final Dissertation Presentation and Completion of Online Portfolio which is 6 credits) consists of 3 trimester credits each.The program comprises 72 trimester credits, and consequently is equivalent to the minimum 60 semester credits for a USA regionally accredited college or university. Upon completion, and for a nominal fee, graduates will be able to obtain a Certificate of Equivalency from a foreign education credentials evaluation service approved by the USA Department of Education for employment purposes in the USA.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelors Degree or higher in engineering, mathematics, or similar subject matter demonstrating previous engineering education. In special cases, a bachelors degree in an unrelated field with significant training or experience in oil and gas engineering, production, transport, or refinement will be considered as meeting the educational requirement.

Tuition Cost: As with all programs at Blue Marble University, tuition is currently $2950 USD with payment plan, or $2550 annually if paid in advance. Tuition is subject to change from time to time.

Please visit Blue Marble University for more information on this and other programs, as well as general application procedures, cut-off dates for this program, and more.

Blue Marble University is a virtual university incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica to offer educational programs leading to the issuance of degrees upon the recommendation of its Faculty.

We know online education and we do it well.

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