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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.
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.
- A minimum of 34 units is required to earn the MS in Petroleum Engineering (Geoscience Technologies) degree
- Required core courses: 30 units
- Elective courses: 4 units
- Some deficiency courses may be required
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
|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|
|*Applicants Interested in Online Delivery: Please contact DEN@Viterbi.usc.edu to request an application extension for Fall 2018.|
- An undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering (or other engineering, math, or hard science with assigned deficiencies) from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
- Satisfactory GRE and TOEFL 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.
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.
Per Unit Rate
|Fall 2016 - Summer 2017|
|Fall 2017 - Summer 2018|
|Mandatory Fees (approximate)|
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
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)|
$40 - $100 per course
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
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DEN@VITERBI ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS
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.
|All Courses Required – 30 units total.|
|PTE 502 | Advanced Reservoir Characterization (3 units)|
|PTE 503 | Technology of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Development (3 units)|
|PTE 504 | Geophysics for Petroleum Engineers (3 units)|
|PTE 505 | Inverse Modeling for Dynamic Data Integration (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 (3 units)|
|PTE 582 | Fluid Flow and Transport Processes in Porous Media (3 units)|
|Students must take 4 units of electives, 1 unit of PTE 590 (Directed Research) plus a three unit course such as PTE 572 (Engineering Geostatistics).|
|Students without a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering must complete the following prerequisite courses: 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 are to be decided on a case-by-case basis upon consultation with the Department Advisor.|