The Society of Petroleum Engineers

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is the largest individual membership organization serving nearly every type of professional working in the E&P segments of the worldwide oil and gas industry. With over 150,000 members in more than 100 countries, SPE provides a global forum for the exchange of technology to meet the world’s energy needs.




Founded in 1937, the University of Southern California’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (USC SPE) is the student chapter of SPE International centered in the University Park Campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The chapter is dedicated to addressing the technical and non-technical concerns of students across many majors on campus; a goal which it continues to fulfill today through various chapter-organized activities. USC SPE provides its members with a platform to learn, network and expand their horizons with technical sessions, social events, professional development, conferences, networking, industry engagement, training workshops, and much more.



Our Department

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 graduate program offers Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Engineer degrees and a Certificate Program in Smart Oilfield Technologies. For students entering with a B.S. degree, it normally takes 5 semesters (including a summer semester) to obtain an M.S. degree and a total of about five years from the B.S. for the Ph.D. degree. All students entering the program without a B.S. in Petroleum are also required to complete deficiency courses as determined by their advisor.