Petrophysics is the study of the physical and chemical properties of reservoirs (rocks and fluids). It is the first such program in North America, and addresses properties of subsurface rock formations and the fluids within those strata with particular application to the petroleum exploration and production industry. The course work including graduate research project and thesis is a multidisciplinary program with Geology, Physics, and Natural Gas Engineering courses.
Course Code Course Name
PHYS 5382 Exploration Geophysics
PHYS 5385 Seismology
PHYS 5388 Borehole Geophysics
GEOL 5305 Graduate Research Project
GEOL 5310 Petroleum Geology
GEOL 5311 Geochemistry
GEOL 5319 Geology of Groundwater
NGEN 5303 Advanced Petrophysics
NGEN 5310 Petroleum Property Evaluation
NGEN 5312 Pressure Transient Analysis
NGEN 5363 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
NGEN 5387 Quantitative Well Logging Analysis
Other courses such as Reservoir Geomechanics and Reservoir Simulation are also available.
For the MS in Petrophysics, both Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (non-thesis) are available. Plan I requires 24 credit hours of course work plus completion of a research thesis (6 hours for research proposal and thesis). Plan II requires 36 credit hours of course work including completion of a short research project.
A bachelor's degree in Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry (or related areas) is required. Students not having enough background may need to take additional undergraduate courses. Please consult the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Graduate Catalog on-line at: http://www.tamuk.edu/grad/
GRE is required for scholarship. If you have good GPA and GRE score, the university may give $1,000 per year scholarship and instate tuition fees which is significantly less than the international student fees. GPA and GRE requirements can be found at:
Additionally, the department may give undergraduate and graduate teaching assistantships (GTA). GTAs come with instate tuition. The following link has information about our program and scholarships: http://www.tamuk.edu/artsci/departments/phge/phys/academics/gp.html
Internship and job opportunities may be available through EOG Resources, Heddington Oil and Hillcorp among others.
TOEFL is mandatory for admission for international students. TOEFL exempt countries list can be found at the following link: http://www.tamuk.edu/grad/admissions/international.html
Look at the following link for additional information on the application process.
The formal university deadline for international applicants is June 1st in order to be considered for scholarship in the Fall semester, but applications are accepted after that date as well. Domestic applications are accepted until July 15th. International application deadline for Spring semester is October 1st.
Ideally you should be able to finish the program in 2 years, but it depends on how many credits you take each semester, when the courses are offered, and whether you do course based or thesis based masters.
TAMUK tuition fee information can be found at the following link:
Contact the graduate school at GradSchool@tamuk.edu for any admission related queries, scholarships, and GRE/TOEFL requirements. Contact Dr. Subbarao Yelisetti (Subbarao.Yelisetti@tamuk.edu), the graduate coordinator for the MS in Petrophysics for program specific enquiries.