Professional Masters Programme

Programme information: Professional Science Masters in Subsurface Geoscience, with Energy Data Management track

CDA, representing sponsors Chevron, Shell, and Total, worked with academic institutions to set up petroleum data management education at Masters level. Rice University, Houston offers a Professional Science Masters in subsurface geoscience, with a choice of three focus areas, including Energy Data Management.

In collaboration with industry, Rice faculty has developed this new focus area that promotes modern understanding of exploration and production as a data-driven business, emphasising the importance of the curation and exploitation of data within the upstream oil and gas industry. This program provides a graduate study opportunity for students to become data-enabled geoscientists.

Dagmar Beck, director of the Professional Science Masters programme says, “Demand in this field is steadily growing in a variety of industries, and in response to this need Rice’s M.S. in subsurface geoscience has expanded the focus areas to include courses in data science, management and governance.”


Course Work Overview:


  • Four core courses establish a strong foundation in geophysical, geological and reservoir engineering knowledge and methods.
  • Three data management and science courses providing the core skills expected of a data-enabled geoscientist, including the fundamental principles of energy data management and data governance.
  • This foundation is then used to build capability in the tools and methods for data science and subsurface modeling in the energy industry and their underpinning information technology and data management requirements.
  • Five elective courses in students’ interest area, including management and business, business ethics, project management, policy and business writing.
  • One practical work experience through an internship and/or capstone project with companies in the oil and gas industry.



Two study modes are available on campus: Full-time (21 months) or Part-time (2 ½ to 3 years).


19 Oct 2018