Nov 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences, PhD

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Colleges Cullen College of Engineering  >Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  >Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences, PhD


Admission to the University of Houston PhD Program in Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences (GSES) will require the following:
  1. GRE-An acceptable score within the Cullen College of Engineering standard on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination. 
  2. LETTERS-Three letters of recommendation from recognized professionals who can attest to the applicant’s capability for independent and creative thinking for the graduate level research in petroleum engineering.
  3. STATEMENT-A written statement of the applicant’s professional goals.
  4. APPROVAL-Approval by the GSES Graduate Director
International students without a prior degree in the US are required to submit a valid TOEFL score which meets the minimum Cullen College of Engineering requirement.

Degree Requirements

Paths to PhD-There are two Paths to the PhD Degree:

  • BS to PhD or
  • MS to PhD
Students can go directly from BS to PhD, bypassing the MS degree, or obtain an MS degree first at UH (or elsewhere).
Both BS and MS degrees must have been obtained from an accredited institution in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline. The applicants must maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.5/4.0 (BS) or 3.5/4.0 (MS).
The chart below demonstrates course requirements for either path to PhD.



Semester Credit Hours BS-PhD

Semester Credit Hours MS-PhD

Required Courses



Prescribed Electives



Free Electives



Research and Dissertation 










Students without sufficient background for the required courses must complete leveling courses that will not count toward the degree. Each PhD student must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 3.50 throughout the PhD program.

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