Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Smart Oilfield Technologies

The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technologies) is a new unique degree offered only through the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. This degree program was created based upon industry’s request to train existing staff and new hires with skills related to the operation of smart fields.

The new USC Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft), sponsored by Chevron, will provide facilities for research and training in these technologies, offering cutting-edge course content for this degree.

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