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The M.S. Natural Gas Engineering and Management (NGEM) online program is designed to integrate the technical and commercial aspects of natural gas into a graduate degree program. The intent is to provide post-graduate education to qualified students and further prepare them with technical skills and commercial knowledge to fill the demand for professionals in the rapidly growing natural gas industry without interupting their current careers or their families.

The NGEM program provides individuals with a system view of the full-value chain of natural gas. It also emphasizes leadership training and teamwork among technical and commercial professionals. No other online masterĀ“s degree with an emphasis on natural gas is presently offered by any state university in Oklahoma, the nation, or the world. Therefore, this program offers a unique opportunity for those working in the industry to advance their careers.

GRE is not required.

This program is a non-thesis program. Students are encouraged to identify faculty members who will serve as their academic M.S. program advisors or they may complete the program under the overall guidance of the NGEM Graduate Liaison.

Every M.S. program must meet all the Basic Requirements for the Master's Degree as decided by Graduate College, and each student is responsible for ensuring compliance with these requirements. In addition, the specific MPGE requirements for the appropriate M.S. plan options delineated below must be met.

Applicants Must Complete the Following:

  • Must have a Bachelor's Degree in engineering and/or industry eperience in natural gas midstream or downstream sector.
  • Online application
  • Submit an official transcript from your undergraduate institution and any graduate institution
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit a personal statement of approximately two pages explaining why you wish to pursue graduate studies in the Online M.S. in Natural Gas Engineering & Management
  • Submit three letters of recommendation

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Online students  will receive all course materials, including pre-recorded lectures, via OU's online classroom management system. Contact information and instructor office hours will be available so as to best meet the needs of our students and address their questions and to clarify the material. Exams will be administered via online proctors and require the use of a web camera.

A GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.

The Certificate in Natural Gas Technology program is designed to provide educational resources and tools for success in the technical aspects of the growing natural gas industry. It is perfect for those wishing to acquire the basic educational experience in order to improve performance in their current positions in the natural gas field without the cost or time associated with a master's program. With offerings available both on-campus and on-line, working adults will easily be able to find the fit that is right for them without interference in their jobs, families, and responsibilities.

Total Number of Hours Required: 15 (12 required, 3 approved NGEM graduate elective)


PE 5613 Natural Gas Engineering
PE 5623 Natural Gas Processing
PE 5663 Natural Gas Utilization
PE 5643 Natural Gas Finance Valuation & Investment

Students who wish to transition from the Certificate program into the M.S. in NGEM may transfer up to 12 credit hours into that degree from this program.

Students who choose the on-line option will find their coursework materials and pre-recorded lectures available through OU's Desire2Learn classroom management system. Contact information and office hours will be available for each course in order to be able to answer student questions and to clarify the material. Exams will be administered via online proctors and require the use of a web camera.

It is the suggestion of the NGEM Director to begin the online program by taking only one course in order to best adapt to the rigor of coursework and full-time employment.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in the program.

Students should successfully complete the program within 3-5 semesters.

In addition to the regular tuition and fees, each Certificate in Natural Gas Technology student will be charged a one-time fee of $2,000 at the beginning of their certificate program.

Financial assistance is not available for those seeking a Certificate in Natural Gas Technology.

Students wishing to apply for the Certificate in Natural Gas Technology will use the on-line application available through OU's Graduate Admissions. Required materials include:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose

The GRE is not required for those seeking admission to the certificate program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for admission. 

Q.    What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Information concerning admission requirements may be found by visiting our Graduate Programs webpage.

Q.    Can I apply without a degree in engineering?

A bachelor's degree in engineering is preferred, however, non-engineering degrees with considerable midstream and upstream experience in the oil and gas industry will be considered.

Q:    What is the application deadline?

Application deadlines can be found on our Graduate Programs page.

Q:    What is the cost of completing the degree program?

All information concerning tuition and fees is available through Bursar Services.

Q:    Is there financial assistance available for this program?

No, we do not offer any financial assistance for this program.

Q:    Will I be required to visit the OU Norman campus for this program?

No, our distance learning program does not require a campus visit.

Q:    What type of computer is required for this program?

Laptop requirements can be found through the Resources section of our website. In addition, students must have a reliable internet connection.

Q:    What courses are offered as part of this program?

The M.S. Natural Gas Engineering & Management degree sheet will detail the courses required for this program. For a list of approved electives, see the section of this page entitled Approved Electives for Natural Gas Programs.

Q:    How many courses can I take during a normal semester?

It is recommended that students begin with one course in their first semester in the program. If a grade of B or better is earned, then two courses per semester is what is suggested so long as a GPA of 3.0 or higher is maintained. 

Q:    How will the lectures be made available online?

All lectures are recorded live in the classroom on the Norman campus and made available for distance learning students via the online course management system within 24 hours after the recording ends.

Q:    How will my questions after a lecture be answered?

You will be able to communicate with the instructor through e-mail, phone or Skype. 

Q:    Where can I find information about the Graduate Certificate in Natural Gas Technology?

Information about the Graduate Certificate in Natural Gas Technology is available at the top of this page.