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WVU launches first of its kind midstream online masters

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Students will be able to earn an MS in midstream engineering at the Statler College starting in fall 2024 through a bold new online program that will prepare the next generation of petroleum professionals (WVU Photo/J. Paige Nesbit).

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is thrilled to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Midstream Petroleum Engineering master’s and certificate program. The first of its kind, the online program answers a growing demand for trained and knowledgeable midstream engineers.

Story by Kaley LaQuea, Communications Specialist  
Photos by Paige Nesbit, Director of Communications


“Educating students in an industry vitally important to our region that provides excellent jobs will help keep our bright, young people living and working right here in the Appalachian basin, elevating our local economies and improving economic well-being,” said Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering department chair and professor Samuel Ameri. “These improvements and interventions will also greatly benefit our state and our nation in countless ways, and answer a continuously growing global demand.”

The online programs provide industry-relevant curriculum, flexibility, networking opportunities and a focus on the energy industry of tomorrow. This comprehensive approach ensures that graduates are not only well-versed in their chosen field but also possess the critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed to succeed in today's competitive job market. Both programs are entirely online, making it possible for engineering students and even current engineers to earn degrees no matter their location. 

Students will be able to earn a Master of Science in Midstream Petroleum Engineering beginning in fall 2024. The program covers one of the three major stages of oil and gas industry operations. The first stage, upstream, refers to crude oil and natural gas exploration and production. Midstream activities include the processing, storage and transportation of oil and natural gas. Students in the program will learn how to analyze processes and improve the performance of these systems. The third stage, downstream, refers to the refining of crude oil into gasoline and products we use every day, like computers, makeup and bottled water.

Applications will be open starting Fall 2024. Interested future students are encouraged to request more about the programs by emailing WVU Online admissions coach Ann Clayton or visiting the website at WVU Online.



Contact: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4135, Paige Nesbit

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