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Midstream Petroleum Engineering

Aug. 21, 2024

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With midstream petroleum engineering, you're at the heart of the action, managing the vital processes that transport, store, and distribute oil and gas resources. From designing pipelines to optimizing transportation logistics, every day presents new challenges and rewards. Join this essential sector and be part of shaping the future of energy delivery. Embrace the excitement of a field where your expertise drives efficiency, sustainability, and global connectivity. Explore the fascinating realm of midstream petroleum engineering today and embark on a journey that fuels progress and prosperity.

Our Midstream Petroleum Engineering program is designed to equip graduate students with the essential skills to tackle real-world challenges head-on. Dive deep into the intricacies of designing, monitoring, and maintaining petroleum transportation, storage, and processing facilities. Our program is your gateway to mastering practical solutions that drive the industry forward. Join us and become a trailblazer in the dynamic world of petroleum engineering, where innovation meets real-world impact.

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Program Details/Learning Goals:

Upon completion of the degree program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply engineering solutions to design, monitor, and maintain midstream oil and natural gas facilities.
  • Perform detailed analysis and optimize the operation of the oil and natural gas transportation, storage, and processing facilities.

The Midstream Petroleum Engineering program entails completing 30 credit hours of coursework leading to an MS degree. This program emphasizes the practical application of engineering solutions within the midstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Midstream operations, one of the industry's three primary stages, encompass the processing, storage, and transportation of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Through this program, students will delve into detailed analysis techniques to optimize the performance of transportation, storage, and processing facilities.

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Midstream Petroleum Engineering M.S. Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited, or an internationally recognized engineering program or equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) equal to, or greater than, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • At least three recommendation letters.
  • International students must demonstrate proficiency in communicating in English (a minimum TOEFL score of 550, or IBT score of 79, or IELTS score of 6.5). Students who have completed a recent four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States of America need not submit these scores.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Students are encouraged to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the June 30, 2024 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate degree.

Midstream Petroleum Engineering M.S. total degree cost: $21,450 – Residents and Non-Residents

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

Your Future in Midstream Petroleum Engineering

The Benefits of Choosing Our Program

Choosing WVU's Midstream Petroleum Engineering master's program offers exceptional benefits. Our carefully crafted curriculum equips students with practical skills to tackle real-world challenges in the oil and gas industry. Emphasizing optimization techniques, we ensure students excel in maximizing efficiency in transportation, storage, and processing facilities. With renowned faculty and top-notch resources, students thrive in a supportive learning environment, fostering professional growth and networking. Join us and become a leader in shaping the future of energy delivery.

Career Outlook for Midstream Petroleum Engineering

The Master of Science in Midstream Petroleum Engineering program prepares students for a variety of engineering-oriented leadership roles. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree:

  • Pipeline Systems Engineer
  • Gas Storage Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Gas Storage Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Gas Control Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Gas Pipeline Safety Engineer
  • Bureau of Land Management

Program Requirements

The 30-hour online program consists of 10 courses that collectively expose students to oil and natural gas midstream engineering operations. Formal coursework concludes with a capstone course (MPE 685) that requires students to take the knowledge and skills built in the previous nine courses and apply them to a real-world midstream petroleum engineering problem.

Required Courses (Total of 15 Credit Hours):

Course Title Credit Hours
MPGE 610 Fundamentals of Midstream Petroleum Engineering (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 620 Design and Monitoring of the Petroleum Transportation Facilities (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 640 Fundamentals of the Natural Gas Processing (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 650 Design and Operation of the Storage Facilities (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 685 Midstream Petroleum Engineering Capstone Project (PR: MPE 610, 620, 630, 640, and 650) 3

Elective Courses (Total of 15 Credit Hours):

Course Title Credit Hours
MPGE 615 Design and Operation of the Production Facilities (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 625 Natural Gas Control and Measurements (PR: MPE 620) 3
MPGE 626 Pipeline Integrity Assessment (PR: MPE 620) 3
MPGE 630 Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations in Midstream Operations (PR: Graduate Standing) 3
MPGE 645 Natural Gas Fractionation (PR: MPE 620) 3
MPGE 655 Carbon Capture and Sequestration (PR: MPE 630 and 650) 3
MPGE 680 Midstream Petroleum Engineering Project Economic Analysis (PR: MPE 610 and 630) 3
MPGE 693 Special Topics 3
MPGE 695 Independent Study 3

Only courses with grades of "A," "B," or "C" can be used to meet the coursework requirements. To be in good standing, a regular student must maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 grade point average throughout the time enrolled in the program. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If their GPA is not brought up to 3.0 by the end of the following semester, the student will be suspended from the program. Students who are suspended from the program will not be allowed to enroll in program courses for one year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Midstream?

Midstream is one of the three major stages of oil and gas industry operations. Midstream activities include the processing, storing, and transporting of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids.

Which companies hire Midstream engineers?

Oil and Gas companies such as EQT, BHE – GT&S, Williams, TC Energy, Kinder Morgan, Public Service Commission.

How many other universities offer midstream?

As of today, no other university in the country offers a midstream engineering master’s program.

What is the starting pay range in this field?

$80,000 - $100,000

Where do midstream engineers work?

USA and internationally.

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