Earn your petroleum engineering degree in the heart of the nation’s energy frontier.
The petroleum engineering program at UAF offers research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the world, focusing on the unique challenges and resource development aspects of the Arctic. Our master’s degree also features 18 specialized graduate courses in petroleum engineering, exploring topics from flow assurance, to geology, to experimental and data analytics methods.
You can work at your own pace, earning your petroleum engineering master’s degree as a full- or part-time student. For working oil industry professionals in Anchorage, we also offer the opportunity to take classes remotely via video conferencing with our main campus.
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Why Earn Your Petroleum Engineering Degree at UAF?
Students from all over the world come to UAF to study petroleum engineering, and join one of the most modern and challenging degree programs of its kind in the nation. We have a long and proven track record of preparing leaders in the industry, and offer incredible opportunities for graduate-level research and experiential learning.
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What Can You Do With a Petroleum Engineering Degree?
Alaska has the highest concentration of jobs for petroleum engineers in the United States, and almost all of our students find employment in their field after graduation. Oil and gas companies regularly recruit alumni of our program, and a number of our graduates have gone on to achieve managerial and executive level positions in the oil industry.
Jobs for petroleum engineering program graduates
Jobs in petroleum engineering typically fall into the service sector (with companies such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Halliburton) or with operating companies such as BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. Petroleum engineer jobs are typically in the areas of drilling, reservoir or production.
Petroleum engineering salaries
Petroleum engineering has historically been one of the highest paid jobs in engineering, although salaries are affected by the rise and fall of oil prices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, petroleum engineers in Alaska earn an average of $150,390 per year. As of 2020, the average petroleum engineer salary nationally is $137,330.
Requirements for Petroleum Engineering Degree
Courses in petroleum engineering deal with drilling, formation evaluation, production, reservoir engineering, computer simulation and enhanced oil recovery. The curriculum prepares you to meet the demands of modern technology while emphasizing the unique challenges encountered in Alaska.
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