University Name – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Campus Setting – Remote Town
Petroleum Engineering Department Name – Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Department Website – http://gse.mst.edu/
Missouri University of Science and Technology, more commonly referred to as Missouri S&T, is a public space grant university located in Rolla, Missouri and part of the University of Missouri System.
Formerly the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, it was founded in 1870 and was focused primarly on mining and metallurgy. This was due in large part to its proximity to the Southeast Missouri Lead District that is the source of 70% of the country’s lead and zinc.
Today, as the name change suggests, the university excels in science and technology, engineering, and math or STEM degrees. Students have a wide choice of engineering majors ranging from aerospace engineering, mining engineering, and petroleum engineering.
Missouri S&T has nearly 25 laboratory and research centers onsite for its students. The school has identified 4 signature areas of research: 1) advanced manufacturing exploring nanotechnology and intelligent systems, 2) advanced materials addressing national challenges such as replacing hundreds of defective bridges in the country, 3) enabling materials for extreme environments such as new ceramics and composites for solar power, and 4) smart living which aims to create intelligent cities, homes, and infrastructure.
One particular result of the school’s initiatives for smart living is the Solar Village which opened in 2010. Solar Village is a cluster of homes that students built and lived in. In 2014, a microgrid system and an electric car charging station was added.
Apart from its research centers, Missouri S&T is also home to an Innovation Park where a number of technology companies can be found.
Other notable structures on campus include a reconstruction of Stonehenge carved out by students in the 1980’s out of 160 tons of granite with water jets. Another is the Millennium Arch, a beautiful structure carved out of red granite rock again with a high tech water jet.
In 2017, Missouri S&T climbed up to #123 from #269 in the previous year in the Forbes list of the Best Value Colleges in the country. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the university placed #87 in Top Public Schools, #164 in National Universities, and #63 in Doctorate Engineering Programs.
As a previous mining and metallurgical school and a university with an excellent Engineering program, it can be expected that its Petroleum Engineering program is also one of the best in the country. It currently ranks #9 in our ranking for the Top 10 Petroleum Engineering Schools in the USA.
Missouri S&T’s Petroleum department offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. Petroleum Engineering students study core areas of oil and gas drilling, production, reserves estimation and future production prediction. The department’s curriculum has been advancing with upgrades in computer simulation, advanced techniques in the field, and environmental concerns and ethics.
Students also have opportunities for internships at a number of major oil and gas companies in the US. Internship periods range from 3-9 months at a time and help Petroleum students gain exposure and hands-on experience.
Petroleum Engineering graduates come out of the program with a starting salary of $87,188 on average. This is the highest starting salary for graduates of any degree program in Missouri S&T.
|Forbes Best Value||#269|
Missouri University of Science and Technology Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded
Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
Compared to other universities, the rate of inflation is minimal with only a 1% and 2.9% increase in in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees, respectively.
|Estimated Expenses||12-13||13-14||14-15||15-16||% Change|
|Books and Supplies||$952||$882||$896||$830||-7.4|
|- Room and Board||$8,744||$8,904||$9,396||$9,464||0.7|
Missouri S&T 2016
This year-in-review video shows you exactly what to expect as a Missouri S&T student.
Missouri S&T Solar House
If your curiosity was piqued by the university’s Solar House project, check it out in the video below. You’ll see the enthusiastic students pouring their brains, creativity, and hard work into the project.