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Petroleum Land Management (PLMA)

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:17am

The Haskayne School of Business offers a Bachelor of commerce degree with a concentration in Petroleum Land Management that prepares graduates for careers in the Canadian oil and gas industry. This is the only such concentration in Canada and one of only 6 in the world.

Because Canadian oil and gas leases are primarily on government (crown) lands, rather than on freehold (farm) land as in the United States, the PLMA courses have been carefully constructed for Canadian content.

The PLMA concentration includes admission to the Bachelor of Commerce program, third-year standing, and BSEN 395 as prerequisites for the PLMA courses.  A junior geology course is recommended. Acceptance to the PLMA concentration is competitive.  The process involves interviews, references, grade point average, and other documentation.

Two third-year courses, PLMA 475 (Introduction to Petroleum Land Management), PLMA 477 (Introduction to Oil and Gas Agreements) and related software and tutorials are offered in the winter term.

The fourth-year PLMA concentration courses include four half-courses focusing on legal agreements, oil/gas exploration strategy and analysis, PLMA cases, and management of energy regulations.

Experienced industry specialists teach PLMA courses in the evenings. The American Association of Professional Landmen and/or the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen award scholarships to many students.

Students declaring a Concentration must take a required six courses. Please refer to the University of Calgary Calendar for a description of these courses and their prerequisites.

Applying for the PLMA Concentration

Students interested in pursuing a PLMA concentration must meet additional requirements for possible admission to the Petroleum Land Management concentration. They must provide the following:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Letters of Reference (maximum of 4), preferably from Landmen 
  • Transcript
  • Interview

Once this student documentation has been received and reviewed, students will be contacted again and made aware of the interview process. Upon completion of the interviews, students will be advised by mail of the status of their request for admission to the PLMA concentration.

Please contact the PLMA Administrator for further information.

Document Submission Deadlines:

  • New students applying to transfer into the BComm degree: June 1.
  • Continuing students already in the BComm degree (wishing to change concentration): contact the PLMA Administrator.

Nature of Work and Types of Jobs

Junior Landman

  • confirm land ownership and availability for purchase
  • negotiate agreements with land owners
  • draft and administer contracts
  • ensure compliance with regulations

Lease Negotiator

  • coordinate lease transactions
  • conduct site surveys and provide recommendations
  • perform lease negotiations for lease renewals, new locations, expansions, and buy-outs

Positions Obtained by Recent Grads

  • Consultant
  • Contracts Analyst
  • Contracts and New Ventures Analyst
  • Junior Landmen
  • Junior Land Negotiator
  • Land Analyst
  • Land Assistant
  • Land Consultant
  • Land Data Entry/Administration
  • Mineral Landmen
  • Negotiating Landmen
  • Pricing Analyst

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