University of Kansas – Joint Petroleum Management Program
Information (Update September 2008)
By Ed Bogdanowicz LT, SC, USN, Updated by Jose Vargas LT, SC,
Academic Course Load
As a Navy petroleum student, you will take the majority of your
classes in the Business School and you will graduate with an
MBA. However, you will also be required to complete some classes
from the Engineering School in order to satisfy your degree
requirements. Below is the list of classes required to graduate:
Prerequisite Courses (11 credit hours):
MATH 122 Calculus II (5)
C&PE 121 Introduction to Computers in Engineering (3)
One of the following:
ME 312 Thermodynamics (3)
C&PE 221 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
MBA Foundation Core Courses (19 credit hours):
ACCT 701 Financial Accounting (2)
BE 701 Managerial Economics (2)
BE 702 Global Economic Environment of Business (2)
DSCI 701 Statistical Decision Making (2)
DSCI 702 Operations Management (2)
FIN 701 Financial Management (2)
MKTG 701 Marketing Management (2)
IST 701 Managerial Information Systems (2)
MGMT 704 Strategic Management (2)
MGMT 705 Managing in a Global Environment (1)
MBA Electives (16 credit hours)
The University of Kansas Graduate Business School allows you to
choose an area of concentration if you so desire. The areas of
Entrepeneurship & Innovation
Human Resources Management
Generally speaking, 12 hours of elective coursework are required
to designate an area of concentration.
Engineering Required Courses (15 credit hours):
One of the following:
C&PE 511 Momentum Transfer (3)
ME 510 Fluid Mechanics (3)
All of the following:
C&PE 522 Economic Appraisal of C&PE Projects (2)
CPE 765 Corrosion Engineering (3)
CPE 804 Petroleum Management Seminar (1)
CPE 825 Graduate Problems in C&PE (3)
EMGT 850 Environmental Issues for Engineering Managers or an
ENGR Elective (3)
It usually works out that you take one engineering class each
semester along with your business classes. Some students place
out of some required courses based on an undergraduate work. For
example, I majored in mechanical engineering as an undergraduate
and I placed out of thermodynamics, calculus, introduction to
computers in engineering, and fluid mechanics. Along with your
acceptance letter, the University of Kansas will send you a
letter notifying you which courses have been waived.
As a student in the Navy’s petroleum program, one of the first
big decisions you have to make is where you want to live. More
than likely, you’ll be taking classes on two separate campuses:
the Regents Center in Overland Park and the main campus in
Lawrence. Lawrence and Overland Park are about 40 miles apart.
You’ll be taking classes in both the Engineering School and the
Business school. All the engineering classes are held on the
Lawrence campus. The business classes are held during the day on
the Lawrence campus and in the evenings at the Regents Center.
The students in the business school are comprised of full-time
students who take their classes in Lawrence and part-time
students who take their classes at the Regents Center in
Overland Park. The full-time students average age is 24 years
old and most of them do not have any work experience after
receiving their undergraduate degree. The part-time students’
average age is 30 and most of them work full-time while they
work on their degree. For the most part, the decision whether to
take your business classes in Lawrence or Overland Park depends
on your personal preference. The classes in Lawrence meet two or
times a week for an hour or so and the classes and Overland Park
meet once a week for three or four hours. Occasionally, there
are conflicts between the engineering classes and the business
classes requiring the Navy students to take the evening classes.
Lawrence is a college town with the population of about eighty
thousand and a definite college atmosphere. Overland Park is a
suburb of Kansas City. The Kansas City Metro area population is
just shy of one million people. Obviously, Kansas City offers
more diversity in terms of job opportunities for a spouse,
shopping centers, entertainment, restaurants, and any other
things that go with large cities. Lawrence is a smaller, closer
knit community with more of the benefits associated with living
in a small town like Athens, GA. In between the two areas,
housing is extremely limited because the area is very sparsely
populated. So, essentially, you have to make a decision to live
in Lawrence or in the Kansas City metro area and realize that
you will be occasionally commuting a longer distance to one
campus or the other. At any rate, it shouldn’t take more than an
hour each way to drive from one location to the other.
Another consideration is cost of housing and cost of living.
Generally, housing costs are lower in Lawrence than they will be
in Kansas City. Housing tends to run higher in Kansas City,
especially in the more desirable neighborhoods south of the city
(Johnson County) where most of the good schools and many of the
desirable jobs will be located. If you are interested in
apartments or townhouses, you will have no problem finding
something on short notice in Kansas City. As for Lawrence,
apartments and houses can be tricky to find at the last minute
due to the school schedule (most students sign leases in the
spring for the following fall semester). If you are interested
in a house in Kansas City or Lawrence plan to make a house-
hunting trip to set up your lease and check the area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Navy’s Joint Petroleum Management Program?
The Navy’s Petroleum Management Program is a fully funded
graduate school opportunity in which you attend the University
of Kansas full time for 22 months and graduate with a 1307P-code
that allows you to fill a billet in the Petroleum community in
either the Navy or the Defense Logistics Agency. You enroll in
the Graduate School of Business, and you graduate with an MBA
with a concentration in Petroleum Management. Also you will
attend the US Army Command & General Staff College at Fort
Leavenwoth, KS to earn your JPME I during the fall semester.
Most of the chops take the 1st year in KU and then start the 2nd
year at Fort Leavenworth but its up to you if you want to take
JPME during the fall of the 1st year..
Why is it in Kansas?
The University of Kansas has a world-class petroleum management
program with about a dozen professors who teach in the Chemical
and Petroleum Engineering department and concentrate on areas
such as Oil Production Engineering, Reservoir Management and
Refinery Operations. In addition, the Graduate School of
Business is widely recognized as a top-50 national program that
is a "rising star" in the competitive field of MBA programs.
What is the APC required for the program? What if my APC is not
Currently, the required APC for Petroleum Management is 323. If
your APC is too high (not meeting the minimum standard), you
have a few options:
1. You can take additional classes to complete your
requirements and/or raise your GPA.
2. You can talk to the NPS staff if you believe that your APC
should be higher.
3. You can look at other graduate programs.
4. You can try applying anyway, keeping in mind that the Navy
may be receptive to waiving the requirement if you seem
like you are capable of completing the program. This has
actually worked in the past, and it can’t hurt to ask about
it if you think that you can do the work with your
What do you have to do to apply to the University of Kansas? How
tough is the admissions process?
You will need to take the GMAT exam as soon as you are picked
for the program.
In addition, you will need to fill out the application form, get
three letters of recommendation and arrange to have your
undergraduate transcript sent to KU directly from your undergrad
school. Accompanying your application, you will have to submit
several essays (you choose from a list of topics) and a current
The average GMAT is 610 and the average undergraduate GPA is 3.1
for the Business School. This should give you some idea of the
level of their typical applicants. Keep in mind that the
Engineering School also reviews you as part of your application.
While admissions standards are strict, they can be flexible. If
your academic record is below the very high standards of KU, but
still respectable, your Navy service may demonstrate your
readiness for the program.
My advice: If you are considering this program, pay the $50.00
and complete the application. You will have a lot of leverage
when talking to BUPERS if you already have gained admission and
you can defer your place in the class for a year (possibly more)
to let the Navy work its magic and write you orders. Many years
the Navy has a tough time finding enough people to fill the
class because of the high admissions requirements, and they may
be receptive to requests coming from people who already have a
spot reserved in the class.
What kind of classes do you take? How challenging is the
You take the majority of your classes in the Business School and
a number of classes in the Engineering School to round out your
studies. Depending on your background, you will take one or two
classes each semester in engineering and the rest of your
classes in business. The difficulty of the program depends
largely on your background. I was a Mechanical Engineering major
as an undergraduate, so I am not having too much trouble with
the engineering courses. If you were not a science, math, or
engineering student as an undergrad, you may find some of the
technical classes pretty difficult, depending on your aptitude
for technical subjects. Most of the Navy students find the
Business School courses pretty straightforward, but their degree
of difficulty depends on your reading ability and how well you
work with numbers. Generally, if you put in the time, you will
not have any problem.
How do you gain practical experience?
You will be required to complete a master’s thesis on a topic
related to petroleum management. Often, students often gain a
better understanding of the Navy’s Fuel Community as they
conduct their research for this thesis.
How long is the program?
You start in the fall semester (mid-August) and graduate about
22 months later, around the end of May. You take classes as a
full time graduate student the entire time with an abbreviated
semester over the summer. You need around 50 credits to
graduate, depending on your background and the number of courses
for which you receive credit.
What kinds of payback jobs are available?
Most often, KU graduates go on to manage fuel depots at the
FISCs. There are also jobs available in DLA and within the Fleet
What job responsibilities do you have while you are a student at
University of Kansas?
You are a full time student. You report to the NROTC unit at KU
for administrative purposes. You wear civilian clothes (keeping
in mind you are an ambassador of the Navy and you have to look
respectable) and you attend your classes like any other student.
No kidding, this really is a great deal.
What is it like living in Kansas?
Kansas City is a major metropolitan area and has all the
offerings of a large city (think Atlanta). Lawrence is a college
town and has more of that small town feel (think Athes). You
will not run out of things to do and you will enjoy your time
here, take my word for it.
How flexible are my academic requirements?
Depending on your background, you will have the ability to
complete various electives in both the Business School and the
Engineering School. Many of the Navy students decide to pick a
concentration in addition to Petroleum Management). That could
be useful in your future Navy career and may be beneficial after