Dual Degree: MS Petroleum Engineering / MS Engineering Management

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in conjunction with the department of Petroleum Engineering offers a program leading to Master’s degrees in both Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Management. The program is designed for engineers whose career objectives lead to increasing technical management responsibilities in the field of Petroleum Engineering.

Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • All applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • A minimum of 45 units is required to earn the MS in Petroelum Engineering / MS in Engineering Management dual degree
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes

Fall 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)December 15, 2018
Fall 2019 (Final Deadline)January 15, 2019
Spring 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 (Final Deadline)September 15, 2018
Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.


  • An undergraduate degree in Petroeum Engineering (or other engineering, math, or hard science with assigned deficiencies) from a regionally-accredited university.
  • Familiarity with engineering economy, engineering probability and statistics is recommended, but not required.
  • Petroleum Deficiency Courses: Students without a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering must complete the following prerequisite courses at USC: Introduction to Transport Processes in Porous Media (PTE 411x), Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (PTE 412x), Formation Evaluation (PTE 461), Petroleum Geology (PTE 466), and Computational Reservoir Modeling (PTE 500) before beginning the M.S. program. Units from these courses cannot be applied towards the degree. Other prerequisite courses may be assigned on a case-by-case basis upon consultation with the Department Advisor.
  • Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average).
  • Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.
  • Satisfactory performance in previous coursework related to the intended major.


Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

GRE General Test: Satisfactory and valid test scores. Valid GRE scores must be dated within five years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.

Resume/CV (Required)

Letters of Recommendation (3 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.

Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.


English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.

The following is an overview of the tuition & fees for graduate engineering students. Both on-campus and DEN@Viterbi students pay the same tuition.


Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019


Fee Description
Fee Amount
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
Exam Proctoring
$40 - $100 per course
Detailed Information on Tuition & Fees
This program is also available online to professional engineers through DEN@Viterbi. Because the DEN@Viterbi program provides a fully equivalent academic experience, the degree a USC engineering student earns is the same whether they are on-campus or online.

If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student.

Learn More About DEN@Viterbi
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes


The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.

Required Courses from PTE and ISE
All courses are required – 36 units total.
ISE 500 | Engineering Management Decisions and Statistics (3 units)
ISE 514 | Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (3 units)
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 561 | Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects (3 units)
ISE 566 | Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering (3 units)
PTE 507 | Engineering and Economic Evaluation of Subsurface Reservoirs (3 units)
PTE 508 | Numerical Simulation of Subsurface Flow and Transport Processes (3 units)
PTE 517 | Testing of Wells and Aquifers (3 units)
PTE 531 | Enhanced Oil Recovery (3 units)
PTE 555 | Well Completion, Stimulation, and Damage Control (3 units)
PTE 582 | Fluid Flow and Transport Processes in Porous Media (3 units)
PTE Elective Courses
9 Units required in PTE selected by the student and a PTE faculty advisor.

Program Pages: RFI