Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Geoscience Technologies

Petroleum Engineering involves the technology of economically developing and producing subterranean reservoirs of oil, gas, steam, and hot water and designing underground waste disposal facilities. This technology relies on basic concepts of physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and economics.

Because more than 300 products are derived from petroleum, it has become a vital part of our everyday life. The petroleum industry is one of the largest and most prominent in the United States today, and the companies involved are dependent on the services of petroleum engineers to explore, discover, and produce oil and gas to meet energy needs.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Petroleum Engineering program is one of the oldest in the country with considerable industry support and interaction. Its assets are numerous – the advantages of a relatively small, friendly program, combined with the University’s impressive academic and research facilities; its proximity to major oil fields in California; and a quality education provided by experienced and nationally renowned faculty.

The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Geoscience Technologies) is a unique degree that emphasizes recent developments in the field of unconventional oil and gas resources and modern techniques for mapping and monitoring of subterranean resources.

Courses of Interest – Across all Petroleum Engineering graduate degree programs*

PTE 502 | Advanced Reservoir Characterization
PTE 503 | Technology of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Development
PTE 504 | Geophysics for Petroleum Engineers
PTE 505 | Inverse Modeling for Dynamic Data Integration
PTE 507 | Engineering and Economic Evaluation of Subsurface Reservoirs
PTE 508 | Numerical Simulation of Subsurface Flow and Transport Processes
PTE 517 | Testing of Wells and Aquifers
PTE 531 | Enhanced Oil Recovery
PTE 555 | Well Completion, Stimulation, and Damage Control
PTE 582 | Fluid Flow and Transport Processes in Porous Media

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Iraj Ershaghi, PhD
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