Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering 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.

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.

Career Options

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of Green Technology, Oil Industry, Transportation, Mining, Storage, Drilling, and Consulting Firms.

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

PTE 502 | Advanced Reservoir Characterization
PTE 507 | Engineering and Economic Evaluation of Subsurface Reservoirs
PTE 508 | Numerical Simulation of Subsurface Flow and Transport Processes
PTE 511 | Advanced Phase Behavior of Petroleum Reservoir Fluids
PTE 514 | Drilling Engineering
PTE 517 | Testing of Wells and Aquifers
PTE 531 | Enhanced Oil Recovery
PTE 542 | Carbonate Rocks
PTE 545 | Corrosion Control in Petroleum Production
PTE 555 | Well Completion, Stimulation, and Damage Control
PTE 572 | Engineering Geostatistics
PTE 578 | Advanced Production Engineering
PTE 581 | Environmental Technology in the Petroleum Industry
PTE 582 | Fluid Flow and Transport Processes in Porous Media
PTE 586 | Intelligent and Collaborative Oilfield Systems Characterization and Management
PTE 587 | Smart Completions, Oilfield Sensors and Sensor Technology
PTE 588 | Smart Oilfield Data Mining
PTE 589 | Advanced Oilfield Operations with Remote Immersive Visualization and Control

*Click here for a complete list of program requirements.

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Faculty Spotlight

Iraj Ershaghi, PhD
Iraj Ershaghi, PhD