The ABET accreditation process, a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review, helps assure quality in educational programs. ABET-accredited educational programs must meet certain defined standards. The Petroleum Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Petroleum Engineering program mission:

The petroleum engineering program at Missouri S&T educates engineers for the worldwide petroleum industry and performs meaningful research that advances oil and gas recovery. Students graduating from the petroleum engineering program will be well prepared to serve the industry and themselves, through their technical knowledge, ethical considerations, participation in professional societies and desire for life-long learning. The petroleum engineering program emphasizes the importance of geomechanics in petroleum development, through building mechanical earth models.

Petroleum Engineering educational objectives

Graduates of the Petroleum Engineering Program will exhibit proficiency and excellence in the following attributes:
  • Skills to use modern engineering tools and techniques to identify and solve technical problems associated with the production and management of oil and gas resources.
  • Knowledgeable about the techniques and tools of Mechanical Earth Modeling to solve Petroleum Engineering problems.
  • Able to appreciate and function within economic, environmental, societal and ethical constraints.
  • Able to create, assimilate, synthesize and communicate knowledge effectively.
  • Able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams in diverse environments and who exhibit effective communication skills.
  • Able to adapt to change through life-long learning.

Petroleum Engineering educational outcomes

Graduates of the Petroleum Engineering program must demonstrate an ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
  • Engage in life-long learning;
  • Understand contemporary issues;
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum Engineering undergraduate enrollment and graduation information:

Undergraduate Enrollment
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Petroleum Engineering 78 88 108 125 153 189 195 169 138
Bachelors Degrees Awarded
  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Petroleum Engineering 9 23 20 32 30 38 60 59 60