University of Oklahoma Overview
University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus
Petroleum Engineering Department Name
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering
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The University of Oklahoma was founded in 1890 and currently offers over 150 degrees as part of its educational program. It has generated 29 Rhodes Scholars which is one of the highest rates for a public educational venture in the U.S., and also has the distinction of offering a variety of financial scholarship assistance to nearly two thirds of its student body.
The university also offers an online learning community through which its students can take online courses and browse digital textbooks. Through its digital initiative, the University of Oklahoma plans to further invest in building an online social learning environment which can be used for collaborative educational experiences as well.
The Petroleum & Geological Engineering Department (known as Mewbourne or MPGE) has seen its programs regularly ranked as one of the top five in the U.S., and over the last decade enjoyed a 90% job placement rate for its Bachelors degree students. The department offers Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees with both thesis and non-thesis options, as well as Doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering. This includes dual degree programs which allow for combined Bachelors/Masters of Science degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering with an MBA.
The department has a number of research facilities as well as its Unconventional Shale Gas Consortium which was setup to research the improvement of the discovery & removal of hydrocarbons from shale. This is an important field of study with the recent boom of oil production from shale in the U.S. Finally an alumnus based Industry Advisory Board ensures the department keeps its curriculum current and on the cutting edge of requirements for this fast developing field.
There is a saying, “Wherever there is oil, you will find an OU graduate,” and it is still valid. MPGE graduates command top salaries and a number have gone on to become CEOs of major oil and gas companies, while seven MPGE alumni have risen to president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Enrolment in MPGE has risen in recent times, with the 2014-15 academic year being the largest on record. Some 324 aspiring Petroleum Engineers entered the program. 50 nations were represented, with 30% from minorities and 15% were female. 10 were student athletes while 24 were military veterans. This diversity adds to the cachet of the MPGE making it one of the most desirable programs in the country.
Student to faculty ratio: 20:1
Student population: 16,840
Retention rate: 66%
Graduation rate: 39%
University of Oklahoma Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2014-2015
Bachelor’s Degrees: 125
Master’s Degrees: 26
Doctoral Degrees: 5
University of Oklahoma Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013
Bachelor’s Degrees: 91
Master’s Degrees: 33
Doctoral Degrees: 5
Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
The following table suggests a bump in tuition fees and living costs in the last couple of years, though Oklahoma remains very affordable compared to rival colleges.
University Location660 Parrington Oval, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-3702
Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)