Master of Science in Petrophysics at
Texas A&M University - Kingsville

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 a graduate research project and thesis is a multidisciplinary program with Geology, Physics, and Natural Gas Engineering courses.

Available 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.

Thesis Option:

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.

Admission Requirements:

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:


If you have good GPA, the university may give $1,000 per year scholarship and instate tuition fees which is significantly less than the international student fees. GPA requirements can be found at:

Additionally, the department may give undergraduate and graduate teaching assistantships (GTA). GTAs come with in-state tuition. The following link has information about our program and scholarships:


Internship and job opportunities may be available through EOG Resources, Heddington Oil and Hillcorp among others.

Application Process:

TOEFL/IELTS is mandatory for admission for international students. TOEFL/IELTS exempt countries list can be found at the following link:

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 1.

Program duration:

Ideally you should be able to finish the program in 1-2 years. Program duration depends on how many credits you take each semester, when the courses are offered, and whether you do course based or thesis-based masters.

Tuition fee:

TAMUK tuition fee information can be found at the following link:


Contact the graduate school at for any admission related queries, scholarships, and TOEFL requirements. Contact Dr. Subbarao Yelisetti (, the graduate coordinator for the MS in Petrophysics for program specific inquiries.

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