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Master of Science in Natural Gas Engineering & Management

Program Overview

The online M.S. in Natural Gas Engineering & Management aims to prepare industry professionals with both technical and managerial skills required to advance in the Natural Gas industry. It is focused on the full natural gas value chain, including exploration and production, processing, compression and liquefaction, transport, conversion to chemicals, power generation and heating.

Students have two tracks to choose from within the program: Engineering and Management. Those who wish to enhance their technical understanding can pursue the Engineering track, with courses focused on the entire product life cycle. Students interested in business development, management, or leadership may select the Management track and focus on business courses that provide strong financial and leadership foundations.

The online Master of Science in Natural Gas and Engineering Management is a 30-credit, 19-month online program designed for working professionals.

Choose from Two Tracks

Engineering and Management. Those who wish to enhance their technical understanding can pursue the Engineering track. Students interested in business development, management, and leadership may select the Management track.

Gain Leadership Potential

With an ideal combination of engineering classes that span the product lifecycle, as well as business courses that provide financial acumen and leadership, opportunities for industry leadership can be created.

Relevant, Industry Knowledge

Gain industry knowledge and relevant skills that will help you hit the ground running and open the door for opportunities upon graduation.

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Learn from faculty with industry experience. The faculty consists of both OU faculty and industry professionals combining real world experience with the latest research in the field.

Incredible Student Experience

This is a selective program that believes in small class sizes to allow students to connect with faculty and fellow students. Each graduate will have access to the Sooner network across the energy industry.

Accelerated, Fully Online Program

This program allows students to complete a graduate degree while maintaining a full-time job. 100% online curriculum to be completed in as little as 19 months.

Program Requirements

Program Cost

Tuition for the online M.S. in Natural Gas Engineering and Management program is $29,550* for the entire program ($985/credit hour). Fees associated with the program are included in this cost. Books and materials are additional.

Once accepted into the M.S. program, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the online Master of Science in Natural Gas Engineering & Management program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college of university (or the international equivalent). Admissions will occur on a rolling basis and is at the discretion of the admissions committee. Transfer credits will be accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Students who wish to apply must:

Program Courses

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Required Courses

This course offers a broad overview and insight of the Natural Gas Engineering and Management program. Topics students will learn include natural gas resources, production, market, trading and infrastructure, processing, utilization, and policy and regulations.
This course covers topics relating to the finance and valuation of natural gas. Topics students will learn include accounting systems, financial statement analysis, valuation of stocks, competitive comparisons, valuation of reservoirs, corporate restructuring, legalities and taxes for mergers, and valuation of bonds.
This course covers specifics of natural gas trading and risk management with the natural gas industry. Topics students will learn include the basic structure of the gas market, derivatives of natural gas, hedging strategies, futures and forward price determination, option pricing theories, valuation of risk, and market and technical analyses.
This course is designed as an introduction to the safety and human factors that are important in delivering on the energy industries’ commitment to safe and environmentally-sound development of our natural resources. Engineered systems work hand in hand with leadership and organizational culture to adapt to an ever-changing environment to ensure that safe and environmentally-sustainable performance is maintained.
The course will provide students with fundamental understanding of various oil and gas laws which control and govern different aspects of oil and gas business activities, from reservoir to ultimate customers of different products, whether they are oil and natural gas or final products, including methane, ethane, propane, LPG, NGL, etc.
This course covers the environmental concerns around the energy industry. Topics in this course will not only discuss trends moving toward low carbon energy sources but also how natural gas fits into that market.
Comprehensive assessment experience based on knowledge and skills gained from the curriculum of the Natural Gas Engineering and Management (NGEM) program. Results are delivered in written technical reports and a final presentation.

Management Courses

This course covers the market aspects of the liquid natural gas (LNG) market. Topics students will learn include the worldwide supply and demand landscape for LNG and all aspects of the LNG value chain from receiving natural gas from supply pipelines to transporting processed LNG to end users.
This course covers how capital-intensive projects worth billions of dollars in the oil and gas industry are executed, including the different aspects of planning from conception to turnaround management for successful execution.
This course has been designed to provide the knowledge required for effective management of natural gas assets. Topics in this course will include decline curve analysis, in-flow performance relations, well flow and restrictions correlations, economic principles, uncertainty quantification, structuring and solving problems under uncertainty.
This course covers a more in-depth look at the low carbon markets within the energy industry and how natural gas plays into them.

Engineering Courses

This course focuses on topics relating to natural gas engineering. Topics students will learn include properties of both natural gases and condensate systems, gas flow in porous media, reservoir engineering, field development, and general transportation and storage.
This course covers various aspects of the processing of natural gas. Topics students will learn include gas conditioning, processing for liquids, adsorption and adsorption facilities, and fractionation design.
This covers different aspects of how petrochemicals and natural gas are utilized. Topics students will learn include using natural gas for combustion and power, liquid natural gas, converting to chemicals and fuels, and gas transportation as well as the use of natural gas in the manufacturing of petrochemicals, sources of petrochemicals, and equipment needed for processing.
This course covers the design and operation of liquid natural gas (LNG) systems. Topics students will learn include system analysis of LNG plant elements and all aspects of LNG production from receiving natural gas from supply pipelines to transporting processed LNG cargos to end users.
This course covers specifics of both natural gas transportation and storage. Topics students will learn include the fundamentals of on-shore and off-shore hydrocarbon transportation, transportation safety, fluid characterization, pipeline design, equipment design, storage facilities, flow assurance, and integrity management.

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