Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2008/2009)
16.5 Program of Study
  1. The M.O.G.S. program consists of 31 credit hours of coursework. These include four compulsory, core courses (12 credit hours) shown in Table I; three elective courses (9 credit hours) drawn from Table II; a compulsory, integrative case study (3 credit hours); a compulsory seminar course (1 credit hour); and compulsory project course (6 credit hours).

  2. The compulsory core courses (Table I) introduce students to the four main areas of study in the program: petroleum management, petroleum production, petroleum exploration, and petroleum policy and planning.

  3. Electives allow students to specialize in one or more of the four main areas of study. Electives must be chosen from the list in Table II. The Board of Studies may from time to time and following approval add other courses to Table II.

  4. The integrative case study will involve all students and a number of instructors from the different disciplines in M.O.G.S.. It is intended to integrate the decision-making process in a specific petroleum prospect from play concept, to discovery, to production and finally to product and market. A case study shall be chosen by the instructors of the four compulsory, core courses.

  5. The seminar course requires students to research a specific topic in an area of interest and present the results of their research both as an oral and written presentation. Participation in the seminar course is compulsory for all students.

  6. The project course will span two semesters. Normally the project course will be conducted as a group exercise to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the project. At the beginning of the second semester, each team identifies the topic of the project, conducts the relevant literature survey, writes a proposal, and identifies a mentor or mentors. In the third semester, the team completes the project, and writes the final report. An oral presentation of the final paper is generally required. The mentor(s) provides the team with technical support and guidance.

  7. A waiver of a core course may be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Academic Director if the candidate can demonstrate that the material in the course has been substantially covered by other courses taken at this or another recognized university. In such cases, the course must be replaced by another graduate course offered by Memorial University of Newfoundland. The selection of the replacement course shall be made in consultation with the candidate, and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on recommendation of the Academic Director. The maximum number of core courses that can be waived is one and the replacement course must be taken during the candidate's period of enrollment in the program.

  8. Each student's program of study must be approved by the Academic Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.