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Doctorate in Petroleum Engineering

Oklahoma State University's Petroleum Engineering program is geographically well positioned in one of the most active exploration areas in the country.  The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology has strong support from local and national oil and gas operators and service companies giving our students the expertise they need to be successful in their careers.  OSU's petroleum engineers will be hands-on with understanding of formation rock, applied mechanics, materials, fluid behavior and application of their effects on reservoir, drilling and completion economics and environmental sustainability.  Students will develop a team-oriented problem-solving attitude that is required in industry.


There are two paths available to satisfy the requirements for the PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Path 1

Path 2


Research and Faculty


Dr. Prem Bikkina, associate professor in chemical engineering, has 16 years of research and teaching experience in petroleum and chemical engineering fields. A few of his specialty areas include High-pressure high-temperature IFT& contact angle measurements using different techniques; Coreflooding and microfluidic for various fundamental and applied aspects of chemical and petroleum engineering; Enhanced oil recovery using ASP, CO2, CO2 foams, nanofluids, and ionic liquids; Wettability-based dissolved gas separation and nucleate boiling; Carbon sequestration in saline aquifiers and depleted oil & gas fields; Characterization of Pickering emulsions; and Multiphase separation.

Meet our Departmental Faculty



To be reviewed for admission consideration, applicants must submit a complete application to the OSU Graduate College. 

Applications deadlines are February 1 for the fall semester and July 15 for the spring semester. 

Full admission requirements



Cost & Assistance

OSU and the Stillwater community in general are especially affordable places for graduate students. Oklahoma State University's estimation of a graduate student's annual costs is $18,820 for Oklahoma residents, $29,150 for out-of-state students, and $34,588 for international students.



Petroleum Engineering Financial Support

OSU Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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