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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

The objective of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) graduate programs is to educate and train men and women who will be capable of performing at the highest levels of the petroleum and natural gas engineering profession. The programs provide students with the advanced technical knowledge and engineering skills needed by the oil and gas industry in the state, the nation and the world. Moreover, the programs will make students competent to perform independent research and will prepare them to be the future providers of high quality education in petroleum and natural gas engineering. Graduates have the opportunity to enter all phases of the oil and natural gas industry, government agencies and academia in meaningful and important jobs.

Career Profile

Before you consider other universities, consider that the graduates of WVU's PNGE program have historically engaged in the following careers: engineering firm consultants, local and national government researchers, nationally recognized professors, and engineer managers in the oil and gas industry. Job placement for alumni of our graduate programs is 100%!

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

October 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty Profile

Samuel Ameri

Samuel Ameri, Professor & Chair of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering Department at West Virginia University, and has over 30 years of distinguished service in both industry and academia. Professor Ameri has in-depth experience in fossil energy areas, particularly natural gas and oil extraction. As a researcher, he has developed a high-quality research program in the area of oil and gas recovery and compiled an outstanding record of publications across a wide spectrum of oil and gas issues. Professor Ameri has been active in the SPE. His participation includes being the Co-General Chair of SPE Eastern Regional conference and Exhibition 2000, serving on SPE Education & Accreditation Committee, SPE Continuing Education Committee, Eastern Regional SPE Technical Conference Program Committees, the Chair of Department Heads of Petroleum Engineering Schools in U.S.A., served on the SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Medal Committee, and the Northern West Virginia Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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