Applications and Admissions – MS Petroleum Engineering Degree

Application Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

The program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Chemical, mechanical, civil or geological engineering degrees are preferred. Interested individuals who have received their Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than engineering should take foundational engineering undergraduate courses to bring their understanding of engineering principles to a level commensurate with that of a Bachelor’s student. A recommended bridging program of courses is available here.


Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA to apply to the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering program. A GPA of 3.3 or higher is recommended.


The GRE test is required of all applicant’s to the Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program. GRE scores must be sent by the Education Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Utah Testing Center. The school code (University of Utah) is 4853; the department code (Chemical Engineering) is 1001. The minimum GRE score to be considered for acceptance into the MS Petroleum Engineering program is 155 for the quantitative section; scores above 160 are preferred. Under certain circumstances, students can petition for a waiver to the GRE test. To qualify for a GRE waiver you must meet all following criteria:

  1. A minimum of three years between graduation from undergraduate degree and applying for the MS PE program.
  2. Attained undergraduate degree must be in an enginnering or technical field.
  3. A minimum of three years of industrial experience in a petroleum related field.

To be considered for a GRE waiver, submit a formal petition letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts to the Academic Advisor, Cynthia Ruiz, via email at prior to applying for admission.

For more information about the GRE please visit the official GRE website.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL (or the equivalent IELTS test) is required for all international applicants to establish English competency. The official TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by Education Testing Services (ETS). They must not be more than two years old. A minimum score of 85 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (565 paper based test) is expected. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5.

Applying for the MS in Petroleum Engineering Degree

The University of Utah uses the ApplyYourself system for all graduate program applications. To submit an application for this program, please click on the button below, which will take you to the ApplyYourself web site. After you have created an account on the ApplyYourself system, you can enter and upload all information required for the application (see below). As part of the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for three references. These references will be notified, via email, to upload their letters of recommendation to your online Apply Yourself account. They will also be asked to fill out a brief recommendation form online before submitting their letters. You are not required to send official transcripts to the University of Utah until you have received a letter from the Department of Chemical Engineering indicating that your application has progressed through the preliminary evaluations.


Application Deadlines

Semester Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Fall March 15 April 15
Spring October 1 November 1
Summer Closed Closed

Application Requirements

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Personal Information
  • Educational History (transcripts)
  • Test Score Information (GRE, TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Written Statement of Purpose
  • Resume (optional, but highly recommended). Include a description of work experience, prior research, publications and presentations, and teaching experience (if any) as well as any relevant awards or scholarships received.
  • Three letters of recommendation (required). Please have your references complete and submit letters through the online application system. Instructions are provided in the ApplyYourself application form.

For more information about applying for graduate studies at the University of Utah, please consult the Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Handbook.

Applicants can track their University of Utah Admissions Application here: (

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