KFUPM is offering new Master’s programs in exciting disciplines aligned with the global trends, the job market, and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, open to both genders.
These graduate degrees include such topics as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, business analytics, etc.
They commenced in 2020 with 15 programs, 32 in 2021, and one more in 2022, bringing the total to 33.
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This multidisciplinary program establishes the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to be at the forefront of progress in the next technological revolution. Advancements made in artificial intelligence and related disciplines will soon touch every piece of technology and aspect of life, making an advanced degree in this field of an essential asset for a successful career in a wide range of business and industrial sectors.
In this program, students are exposed to topics such as machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. Furthermore, it also covers classification, regression, clustering, dimensionality reduction, perception, motion and manipulation, reinforcement learning, and various types of neural networks. It promotes interdisciplinary education where computer science intersects with mathematics and engineering. The applications of this program are wide-ranging and include automatic image and video processing, healthcare, financial data and trading, speech recognition, facial identification, and seismic survey processing.
This program prepares students to become experts in the rapidly growing field of bioengineering, which focuses on the application of engineering tools to the principles of biology in order to create usable, robust products. Such professionals are highly demanded in numerous sectors such as reaction plants, environmental processes, and medical therapeutic medication industry.
This program focuses on cell and molecular biology, animal developmental biology (including discussion on homeostasis, organs regulations, body systems and their functions, biomaterial science (in support of medical applications), biotechnology techniques and how they are applied to solve environmental problems, and bioreaction rates (including bioreactor design, immobilization and immobilized bioreactors, fermentation, etc.). The program also provides knowledge in mathematical and engineering modelling tools describing biological systems behaviors. The applications of this program includes vary widely from genetics and molecular biology to the developments of biotechnological products in medicine, environment, agriculture, and industrial manufacturing.
The MBA program at KFUPM Business School was established in 1975 and is one of the oldest MBA programs in the region. It was designed initially to serve the local professional community with the rise of oil & gas companies such as Saudi Aramco and SABIC. However, this soon extended beyond that as the region began to attract professionals in various industries. These new developments allowed the MBA program to be enriched with diverse backgrounds bringing a unique flavor to the class. In 2002, the Business School achieved the AACSB accreditation and that brought the MBA into light thus attracting international students too.
The MBA provides all necessary education and skills to prepare students to work and perform successfully at all levels of management. The program covers all the functional areas of business and allows the students to take additional elective courses that match their career aims and their personal goals and development, allowing them to further integrate all functional areas and gain the essential overall view of organizational performance.
While the overall orientation of the program is general business management, it also puts sufficient emphasis on leadership, globalization, strategy, and stresses application of the theory and skills to the Saudi business environment.
This program is designed to offer highly-demanded advanced skills in data analytics that can be immediately deployed by a wide range of professionals and leaders to progress in their careers in managerial, business, and technical roles. It is applicable to many sectors, including industry, banking, telecom, healthcare, etc. It is also particularly applicable, IT professionals at various levels, who are in big demand due to rapid market growth, who can especially benefit from this program to support both established and emerging applications in e‑government and e-business.
This program provides a solid foundation in the field of data analytics that integrates knowledge and skills from both technical and business perspectives. Topics covered include descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on applications in business (distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, multiple regression, nonparametric modeling, etc.), advanced business analytics (market basket analysis, data visualization, decision trees, logistic regression, supervised learning, vector machines, nearest neighbors, neural networks, text mining, etc.), data management, programming essentials of R and Python, management science (e.g. linear programming, duality and sensitivity, transportation and assignment models, goal programming, network optimization), advanced applied regression (multiple regression, residual analysis. polynomial models, etc.) and big data analytics (smart clouds, machine learning and visualization of big data, privacy, etc.).
This is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide knowledge and essential skills to solving real-world problems using computational tools, including modeling systems and phenomena and simulating them in order to fully optimize them. Graduates of this discipline are highly demanded in both business and industry, as these sectors seek to become more effectives and successful in their operations.
This program focuses on developing models to understand the inherent structure of the data. Topics include probability theory, inference, least-square estimation, interpolations, adaptive approximations, numerical differentiation and integration, quadrature, multistep methods, finite difference, and applications to steady-state and time-dependent problems involving initial-value and boundary-value problems. The program also covers simulation, in terms of queuing systems, stochastic processes, random number generation, numerical methods, and software techniques for building simulators. The inverse problem is also covered, whose methods describe identifying the parameters and structures of models that give rise to the recorded observation, an essential tool to understanding physical phenomena.
This multidisciplinary program focuses on a field that is rapidly evolving and strongly demanded, since understanding the properties of materials is key for manufacturing useable, robust, and economically viable products. Students are educated to be able to model, simulate, and design materials of desirable properties.
The program studies the interrelation between the structure and properties of materials, which is at the heart of understanding material behavior at a range of different length and time scales. Topics include Monte Carlo simulation, Markov chains, random walks, stochastic systems (e.g. Brownian dynamics), and continuous phase transitions in lattices. The program also covers atomistic simulations, including molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory, as well as applications in catalysis, nanomaterials, alloy design, corrosion inhibitors, and 3D printing. Other topics include material informatics, e.g. machine learning (regression, classification, unsupervised learning, etc.) and its application in materials selection for engineering design and multi-scale modeling.
Computer networks represent a field upon which the entire world economy is based. This multidisciplinary program is designed to equip students with advanced and working knowledge to succeed in the field of computer networks by acquiring valuable tools and skills in designing, managing, and securing computer networks. As the world is becoming digital, this discipline is skyrocketing in terms of demand in the job market, for both large and small business enterprises.
This program covers subjects related to wired and wireless networks, including network design and management, network security, internet of things, client server programming, and emerging technologies. A rich collection of specific topics is covered, including the fundamentals of networks (physical and data layers, switching, routing, transport, etc.), mobile computing and wireless networks (e.g. configurations, interference mitigation, wireless network architecture, multi-gigabit networks such as 5G/6G), network design (e.g. LANs, VLANs, InterVLAN routing, multicast listener discovery), and network programming. The programs also covers network management and security (cryptography, segmentation zones, secure protocols, firewall protocols, authentication and authorization, network management standards and applications, etc.), and wireless applications of internet of things (access technologies such as LoRaWAN, publish/subscribe messaging protocols such as MQTT and COAP, industrial access control for wireless sensors, etc.). A suite of emerging technologies in computer networks will also be covered.
The field of cybersecurity is significantly evolving with a major gap for talents and required skills, both nationally and internationally. The Department of Information and Computer Science is glad to start a new Master of Cybersecurity program to cope with the increasing concerns and needs for competent professionals to address this fast-paced field of cybersecurity. The program is designed to offer a rich complementary curriculum of cybersecurity techniques, tools and technologies to provide graduates with skills needed to proficiently assess threats, analyze vulnerabilities, prevent cyberattacks, protect computer-based assets, ensure privacy, and manage and maintain secure infrastructure systems. Graduates will have attractive opportunities with competitive salaries in numerous jobs including application and system security analysts, consultants, policy makers, and managers.
The high demand of cybersecurity professionals on the job market is significant and growing. Cybersecurity professionals are expected to be very high, as these professionals will create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing or causing problems to computer networks. The U.S. government’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics states (BLS) that the employment of Cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, BLS also states that the average pay for Cybersecurity professionals is one of the highest pays among all occupations. An added value to Cybersecurity professionals is job satisfaction. Cybersecurity professionals make a significant contribution to the well-being of their workplace. These professionals are knowledgeable and skilled and understand the importance of securing data and technological systems in the workplace.
This multidisciplinary program prepares professionals for a career in turning data into useful information, a discipline substantially demanded in the job market, as data is generated by the quintillion of bytes every day and is becoming a precious resource for nations’ advancement. Organizations increasingly heavily on sophisticated analytical tools to draw meaningful insights from data in order for their businesses to thrive.
This program focuses on the analysis and handling of data from multiple sources and for various applications in order to draw inferences from it. Topics include probability theory, inference, least-square and maximum likelihood estimation, forecasting, finding local and global optimal solutions (gradient descent, genetic algorithms, etc.), and generalized additive models. It also covers machine deep learning topics such as classification, conditional probability estimation, clustering, dimensionality reduction, and decision support systems. The program also covers big data analysis, including big data collection, preparation, preprocessing, warehousing, interactive visualization, analysis, scrubbing, mining, management, modeling, and tools such as Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Apache Spark, etc.
Unsustainable industrial and human activities are directly or indirectly negatively impacting the natural environment both on a local and global scale. Moreover, engineered environmental systems originally designed and built to handle anthropogenic contaminants are failing at an alarming rate, and it is only when the operators and designers of such systems are equipped with a good knowledge of the environmental systems that such a trend could be halted. To deal with such challenges, Saudi Arabia has launched mega sustainable projects to “Fix the Past” by cleaning and protecting the environment from pollution; “Deal with the Present” by controlling the generation of waste streams from various human and industrial activities; and “Plan for the Future” by protecting the three natural resources essential for all living things: water, air, and soil. Moreover, Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 adopts sustainability in everything the Kingdom does, from policy development and investment to planning and infrastructure while addressing climate challenges.
Given the exponential growth in the environmental sector across Saudi Arabia, the region, and worldwide, there is an urgent need for well-trained environmental scientists and engineers. This Master's program is designed to fill this gap in the job market by training students to develop the skills and ability to understand underlying principles and apply state-of-the-art tools for mapping, mitigating, and reducing the detrimental environmental and health impacts resulting from different kinds of pollution. Moreover, such training will be conducted in a multidisciplinary nature to provide unconventional solutions to pressing environmental issues using the underlying principles of science, engineering, economics, sustainability, and management. It will also provide much-needed knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical processes that are used to treat contamination which may exist in different states of matter. Graduates of this Master’s program will be well-equipped to attain or retain employment in governmental and private sectors which require candidates to apply knowledge in aspects related to environmental science and engineering.
Facilities management is a profession that encompasses a variety of disciplines to ensure the functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment, by integrating people, place, process and technology. This multidisciplinary program is designed to advance the careers of its candidates as facilities management professionals, considering the high standards of practice, and the utilization of the appropriate technologies. Such professionals are highly demanded in numerous sectors of the economy, to operate and manage the provision of support services in various organizations, through the knowledge and skills gained from the program.
This program prepares professionals from various engineering backgrounds to acquire knowledge on various facilities management functions. The program enables students to develop skills that effectively contribute to achieve the strategic objectives of their organizations. The program offers a wide selection of subjects. These were carefully selected to emphasize the professional development and competencies of the candidates, and satisfy the local as well as the global needs of the industry. Topics covered include essentials of facilities management (e.g. facilities planning, administration, business strategies, continuity, financial, space, quality, asset management, etc.), building performance and assessment, intelligent safety and security systems, real estate and property management, automated building operation and maintenance, smart and sustainable facilities, engineering project management, and financial accounting.
Flow of oil, gas, chemicals, and water, whether separately or multiphase, and whether downhole or on the surface, is a critical process in the oil and gas industry, and therefore flow assurance is a top priority. Challenges in flow assurance have significant impact on the cost, reliability, and safety of oil and gas operations, and have financial implications estimated at billions of dollars annually. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the advanced knowledge and essential skills in flow assurance that are highly sought after in the job market for career growth and professional impact.
This program provides students with the knowledge needed to understand and model the multiphase transport of fluids. It covers oilfield chemistry, multiphase flow (flow regime maps, concentration distributions, multiphase pipe systems design, etc.), natural gas hydrates (structure, stability, kinetic theories for hydrate nucleation, formation risk, prevention, etc.), surface production facilities (oil/water/gas facility design, production systems, computer simulation, etc.), and corrosion science and engineering (e.g. electrochemical thermodynamics and kinetics, inhibition, passivity, protection, pitting). The program also covers essential tools such as computational fluid dynamics (discretization, numerical approximations, finite difference, finite volume, etc.), modeling of petroleum and petrochemical fluids (characterization, phase behavior, retrograde condensation, solubility in polymers, etc.), and advanced engineering economics (e.g. inflation, depreciation, taxes, cost estimation, sensitivity analysis, risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting, multi-attribute decision making, advanced asset replacement analysis).
Cloud and high performance computing is one of the fastest growing computing areas, whose job market is growing rapidly across the globe. This interdisciplinary program is designed to equip students with the needed knowledge to design, build, operate, use, and maintain large systems designed for hosting cloud applications or running compute-intensive tasks for simulation and other purposes, as well as small computing modules designed to operate the edge of the network. This skill is highly demanded in numerous sectors: energy, healthcare, telecommunications, big data, e-commerce, defense, etc.
This program provides in-depth coverage of modern computing architectures and programming paradigms. Topics include parallel process architectures (parallel and pipelined dataflow, vectorization methods, interconnection, etc.), GPU architecture (functional units, CUDA, memory access coalescing, shared memory usage, etc.), distributed computing (threads, and abstraction, mutual exclusion, condition variables, atomic instructions, etc.), and quantum computing (qubits, entanglement, quantum protocols, quantum machine learning, etc.). The program also covers cloud and edge computing (cloud services, RESTful APIs, XaaS pyramid, serverless computing, cloud big data processing, etc.), parallel algorithms (divide-and-conquer, parallel prefix, pointer jumping, list ranking, Euler's path, ear decomposition, parallel complexity etc.), and big data analytics (smart clouds, machine learning and visualization of big data, privacy, etc.). Essential knowledge of linear algebra is also included (e.g. direct methods for large sparse linear systems, LU factorizations, regularization of ill-conditioned least squares problems).
This interdisciplinary program is designed to develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills necessary to create the human resources leaders and specialists of the future – a highly sought after profession in the job market. It seeks to develop the student’s knowledge in foundational human resource theories and frameworks and enhance their ability to evaluate relevant problems, develop creative strategies and solutions, and ultimately drive the success of their organization through unlocking the full potential of its human talent.
This program covers all significant topics relevant to the management of human resources in organizations, including the four critical skills related to HR management in any organization: 1) HR planning (strategies, resource planning, alignment with corporate goals, etc.), 2) selection and recruitment (job design, recruitment strategies, employment assessment, deployment, etc.), 3) performance and compensation (performance metrics, appraisal, feedback, pay scales, incentive plans, etc.), and 4) HR development (identifying needs, delivering training, coaching and mentoring, learner engagement, etc.). The program also covers other aspects of HR management, including leadership and organizational behavior (motivation, conflict resolution, team dynamics, emotional intelligence, etc.), communication and negotiation (interpersonal communication, conducting interviews, two-party and team negotiations, etc.), and HR analytics (research design, quantitative and qualitative analyses, basics of artificial intelligence, etc.). The program also studies the Saudi labor laws, including contracts, allowances, dispute resolution, etc.
This multidisciplinary program is at the heart of the petrochemical industry and advanced manufacturing. Understanding this topic is key to becoming a successful professional who understands how to effectively develop the right tools to maximize value in petrochemical, manufacturing, or synthesis plants and satisfy the current and future needs of the industry’s processes.
The program covers catalysis and its application in petrochemical industry. It provides the students with the knowledge to identify and apply various catalysts in the petrochemical industry. Topics include chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms including methodology of mechanistic organic/inorganic chemistry, reactive intermediates, kinetics of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Furthermore, it also covers industrial catalysis with focus on the role of transition metals in catalytic processes, embracing the fundamentals of heterogeneous catalysis, including catalyst production and applications, shape selective catalysts, and the role of environmental catalysis in green chemistry. The program promotes interdisciplinary education where chemistry intersects with chemical engineering.
The continued digitalization of the hydrocarbon industry requires engineers to integrate new technologies and emerging tools from various disciplines and applications. This program aims at addressing this need by equipping field and reservoir engineers with the necessary knowledge to adopt and use such advanced technologies and solutions for improved hydrocarbon monitoring, management, and production. In addition, many of skills acquired in this program are highly versatile and can be easily transferable to other industry applications such as advanced process control.
The program combines a carefully selected set of skills from different disciplines to equip the student with a solid foundation in Industry 4.0 topics and their applications in intelligent oil and gas field (i-field) management. Topics include the application of artificial intelligence for petroleum engineers and scientists (neural networks, fuzzy logic, clustering, etc.), digital communication (signal detection and enhancement, modulation, etc.), data science (handling, visualization, sampling, modeling, etc.), Cybersecurity of industrial control systems, advanced reservoir management (e.g. production optimization, project economics, from primary depletion to abandonment), smart well completion, and integrated downhole/surface reservoir monitoring and control (with computational reservoir models for optimized production control systems). The program also covers instrumentation and control network (e.g. SCADA, cluster tree and mesh networks, communication protocols, etc.), and big data analytics (smart clouds, machine learning and visualization of big data, privacy, etc.).
Process control is the backbone of all industrial systems, from small plants to mega factories. Effectively controlling these processes is key for the success, reliability, and profitability of these industrial systems – a rapidly growing discipline that is highly sought in our expanding industrial infrastructure. This interdisciplinary program enables professionals from several engineering backgrounds to gain advanced knowledge and skills in process data collection and manipulation to extract intelligent information necessary for optimal decision making, including the use of digital twins in enhancing operation and control.
The program provides students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in the development of intelligent process control – an interdisciplinary field that involves numerical disciplines in engineering, computing, and mathematics. The program covers intelligent process control fundamentals (network architecture, smart sensors, control structures, control loops, etc.), simulation of chemical processes (chemical plant modeling, sparse matrices, tearing, simulator construction, etc.), instrumentation and control networks (hierarchy, SCADA, DCS, industrial interfaces, communication protocol, CAN bus, ZigBee networks, etc.), intelligent decision support systems (decision theory, modeling, case-based reasoning, decision trees, knowledge representation, etc.), and optimal process control design (e.g. dynamic programming, reachability, trajectory optimization). The program also covers soft computing for identification (parametric, non-parametric, neural networks, fuzzy-neural models, etc.), cybersecurity of industrial control systems, and applied artificial intelligence in process control (e.g. fuzzy expert systems and hybrid intelligent controllers).
Traffic Operation and Safety represent the lifeblood of any logistical system. By 2030, the Kingdom targets to reduce road accident fatalities, improve urban mobility, and reduce congestion. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the required knowledge and advanced skills to model, analyze, and design effective, technology-based solutions that would improve traffic safety, mobility systems, and transportation efficiency – thus launching their careers in this critically important discipline.
This program prepares professionals for a career in transportation engineering to provide and run efficient, economic, and safe transportation networks. Topics include traffic flow theory (macroscopic and microscopic flow, shock wave analysis, queuing theory, bottleneck analysis, etc.), geometric design of highways, traffic control and operation (signal theory, coordination, multimodal operation, roundabouts control, etc.), highway safety modeling (impact studies, auditing, traffic conflict analysis, etc.), intelligent transportation systems (connected vehicles, travel demand management, etc.), and human factors in traffic safety (e.g. vision processing). Advanced tools applied in this field will also be covered, such as data science and machine learning (e.g. neural networks, classification, vector machines).
As the world is quickly turning digital, Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as a key driver of the 4th industrial revolution and an indispensable tool in today’s economy, for both industrial and homes applications. This multidisciplinary program is designed to prepare professionals to master the quickly expanding field of IoT. It aims to ensure a comprehensive exposure and deep understanding of all elements of IoT, from embedded and real-time systems all the way to the cloud, in order for graduates to take full advantage of this rapidly growing job market.
This program provides a full coverage of all topics related to the Internet of Things (IoT), including smart systems (sensors and actuators, performance characteristics, feedback control, data acquisition, embedded systems, etc.), regular and industrial IoT (design and architecture, wireless personal area networks, low power wide area networks, machine-to-machine and machine to-cloud communication, process control systems, industrial control systems. cyber-physical systems, digital twins, etc.), and internet and cloud computing (data centers and cloud services, mobile and web applications, RESTful APIs, XaaS pyramid, etc.). The programs also covers embedded software engineering (embedded system architectures, programming and implementation guidelines, optimizing for memory and power, etc.), real-time systems (concurrency and timing, thread synchronization, inter-task communication, etc.). Moreover, the programs also covers IoT security (encryption, certificates, anonymity, blockchain and credential management systems, vulnerabilities, etc.), and big data analytics (smart clouds, machine learning and visualization of big data, privacy, etc.).
This interdisciplinary program offers a mastery level knowledge and modern skills that are critical for keeping engineered systems and equipment up, safe, and well configured to achieve maximum performance, reliability, and utilization while minimizing failure, downtime, and cost. As plants and industrial systems are tuned for maximum performance, and many are mission-critical, the need for professionals well versed in the latest IR4.0 and digitalization technologies and who are knowledgeable in keeping these systems reliable is increasing rapidly.
The program will prepare professionals from various engineering background to develop proactive maintenance and reliability strategies that keep systems safe to operate with high availability and reliability. It covers maintenance management (strategy, forecasting, capacity planning, preventive, standards, auditing, etc.), advanced reliability (measures, reliability curve, assessment, failure analysis and prediction, reliability growth, etc.), maintenance data analytics (regression, association rules, clustering and classification, automated data mining, scheduling, etc.), and intelligent condition maintenance (e.g. residual lifecycle, condition monitoring and inspection, preventive maintenance decision optimization). The program also covers turnarounds (systems approach, phases, scoping, preparation, scheduling, execution, startup, etc.), optimization and simulation (mathematical models that include linear, nonlinear, and chance constrained programming and their application in various areas of maintenance), HSE systems (hazards, risks, risk management, environmental impact risk assessment, etc.), and life cycle costing (e.g. techniques, managing risk and uncertainty, depreciation, replacement, breakeven analysis).
This multidisciplinary program prepares professionals to fully understand the science of materials and how this science can be used to engineer these materials. This is key to driving product innovation in all industries from aviation, medical equipment, and gadgets, all the way to environmentally friendly and biodegradable products.
This program focuses on the desire to increase in the mechanical and environmental longevity of components in manufacturing, with wide applicability to materials processing, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries. Topics include the structures and mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of non-metallics, and the processing of ceramics, polymers, and composites. Students learn materials selection and design, mechanical design process, product shape, multiple constraints, conflicting objectives, hybrid materials, the impact of materials selection on the environment, composite materials and their application, fibers, matrices, etc. Topics also cover polymers (homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization processes, engineering properties of polymers, etc.), and the failure of materials.
The Master in Nonprofit Management program seeks to graduate participants with knowledge, skills, and values to create and manage nonprofit and voluntary organizations and support the voluntary sector to contribute to Saudi Arabian economy and society.
This program, founded by KFUPM Business School and Alfozan Academy, is conducted in collaboration with Indiana University, a leading university in philanthropic studies to ensure effective dissemination of knowledge and proper transfer of skills and expertise will give participant’s the opportunity to gain a Master of Arts in Philanthropic studies from Indiana University in addition to a Master of Nonprofit Management from KFUPM.
Courses for this program have been carefully curated to provide a holistic approach in managing nonprofits. Some specialized courses are co-taught by faulty from both Indiana University – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and KFUPM Business School providing an enriching experience to candidates. What sets this program apart is the opportunity to study in both Saudi Arabia and the USA, where students undergo a semester of studies at Indiana University as part of the wider learning experience. The experiential learning journey enables candidates to put theory into practice with the support of our Founding partner, Alfozan Academy.
This multidisciplinary program prepares professionals and students from various backgrounds to learn how to manage and operate nuclear power plants. Topics include background material in Nuclear Energy, Material Science, and Principles of Tal-Hydraulics, in addition to advanced topics on Engineering and Physics of Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Materials, and Safety and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants. The program also include a project where students can apply various topics learned from the courses into a practical problem that relates to the nuclear industry. The program is designed to serve both as a bridge-program from professional wishing to switch career from their area of expertise to Nuclear Engineering, as well as fresh graduates who wish to become nuclear engineers. Nuclear engineering background is dearly needed, especially as the Kingdom has announced plans to introduce nuclear power technology with the first two reactors are currently under site qualification stage. While these plants will be based on foreign technology and built by a consortium of international companies, long-term sustainability of this program, including governance and plant operation, will depend crucially on the development of an indigenous workforce possessing adequate knowledge of the science and technology of nuclear power plants.
The world is increasingly moving to using conventional energy sources as feedstock to petrochemical materials, rather than just burning them as fuels. This multidisciplinary program prepares professionals for this highly demanded sector, especially with the rapid growth of petrochemical industries in the region.
This is a specialized program that provides a thorough understanding of the direct and indirect routes for converting oils to chemicals, macular theories of adsorption and catalysis, type of polymerization reaction, and the principle of material processing with focus on polymers. The program also covers industrial fluidized bed reactors coupled with risk assessment methods, performance assessment, human reliability modeling, and SHARP method with quantitative models. Crude oil characterization and PVT analysis, asphaltene instability, and hydrate formation are discussed as well. Other topics include key concepts on sequential modular and equation-oriented simulators, construction and convergence of petrochemical processes, tearing and convergence algorithms.
This multidisciplinary program provides students with modern knowledge and practical experience in polymer chemistry and engineering, a profession prized in the job market as the world is shifting from using hydrocarbons not only as fuels, but also into using them in the petrochemical industry and non-metallics, as well as from commodity to specialty chemicals.
This program includes the synthesis, characterization, and applications of various polymeric materials. Topics include polymerization reactions, polymerization techniques (step-growth, radical, ionic, ring-opening, transition metal catalysts), complex coordination polymerization, copolymerization, and addition polymerization using anionic, cationic, and radical processes. Other topics include polymer kinetics, stereochemistry, structure, and structure-property relationships, as well as polymer characterization, processing, rheology, homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization processes, specialty polymers, industrial reactions of polymers, as well as the applications of polymeric materials in the oil and gas industry. In addition, the sustainability and degradation of polymers are also discussed.
Everything starts with a project. Oftentimes the success of th entire organization hinges on the successful planning and execution of its project, wither in construction, energy, IT, or other sectors. This interdisciplinary program prepares students with the proper tools, cutting-edge research, and knowledge needed to effectively manage complex projects, thus launching or boosting their careers in this critically important phase of companies in a plethora of sectors, and facilitating their participation in this quickly growing job segment.
The program exposes students to a wide of subjects that are imperative for daily practices in project management. The programs covers project management fundamentals (planning, scheduling, critical path method, project evaluation, critical chain, etc.), project leadership (communication, stakeholder management, stakeholder identification, conflict resolution techniques, etc.), project procurement and quality assurance (procurement planning, make-or-buy, negotiations, contract types, incentives, quality standards, etc.), and loss prevention (e.g. risk management, job safety analysis, protective equipment, environmental hazards).
The programs also covers global project management (the tools and techniques that, when effectively used to manage a set of interdependent projects as a single program, result in improved performance), and equips the students with relevant technical tools, such as data science (handling, visualization, sampling, modeling, etc.) and managerial finance (e.g. risk and return, pricing, capital budgeting, firm valuation, capital structure, payout policy, leasing).
The importance of the financial markets and their impact on the global economy has grown steadily for more than forty years. This phenomenon is closely linked to the deregulation that began in the early 1970s, notably through the emergence of floating exchange rates. This expansion could not have taken place without the parallel development of a financial risk industry; many insurance contracts come to the aid of industrialists, states and investors to protect their activity or their investments against contrary market movements. The most classic is the buy option which allows one to buy or sell on a given date at a guaranteed price. The objective of the MX is to meet the demand for highly qualified executives in mathematical finance in the domains of Investment and insurance, financial consulting, financial engineering, risk Management, fund managing. It covers the main mathematical tools to study financial products. These products include European and American options, interest rates, energy prices, weather derivatives, etc. Financial models are based on Probability theory and Ito's stochastic calculus, more precisely on stochastic differential equations, optimization methods, stochastic optimal stopping, stochastic optimal control, time series and various computational methods used in financial applications.
This multidisciplinary program delves into the next generation of computing, which will take compute power and the ability to solve extremely complex problems, whether in medicine, modeling, or telecommunication to the next level, and is therefore demanded by many employers in these and other sectors.
The program covers quantum theory and how it is applied in the fields of computing and communication. It covers the concepts of qubits, superposition, entanglement, quantum gates, and quantum algorithms in order to understand the difference between classical and quantum computing. Other topics include quantum electrodynamics, including cavity and circuit qubits, quantum superconductivity, non-linear harmonic oscillators, etc. Students are introduced to quantum computing concepts such as quantum hardware, processors, circuits, instruction sets, quantum programming languages, quantum error correction, algorithms, and quantum cryptography. Students learn how to design, simulate, and test the core parts of a superconducting Qubit.
This program offers geoscientists and engineers an interdisciplinary specialization and advanced skills in reservoir characterization. This program integrates geology, geophysics, petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, advanced numerical models, uncertainty analysis, stochastic modeling, artificial intelligence, and economic analysis. It allows students to advance their careers by acquiring in-depth knowledge of this critically important phase of reservoir development.
In this program, students will master advanced methods in reservoir geology (including reservoir architecture and geometry, stress fractures, etc.), basin and petroleum system modeling, reservoir management (including development plans, monitoring, optimization, etc.), imaging of the reservoir with various methods (e.g. seismic, microseismic, gravity, electromagnetics, cross-well tomography) and the use of these to map the subsurface by integration multiple sources of data (using logs, cores, seismic, etc.) to do joint and constrained inversion and interpretation of datasets. The program also covers petrophysics and well log interpretation using integration with core and outcrop data to produce sedimentologic and stratigraphic models. The program includes extensive coverage of creating models using conventional methods (e.g. multivariate geostatistics) and artificial intelligence (e.g. neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, etc.), and the use of these in geological assessment, reservoir engineering, and drilling applications.
This multidisciplinary program brings together students from various engineering backgrounds and equips them with the necessary education to lead a successful career in this quickly rising discipline. Robots are becoming ubiquitous, from medical robotic surgeries all the way to warehouse management and package delivery, as well as the maintenance and operations of manufacturing plants. They touch all aspects of our lives.
The program covers subjects related to mechatronics, robotics, and UAVs (drones). Students develop the skills required to understand, design, and implement smart systems and robots to solve engineering problems. Topics include artificial intelligence, machine learning, the fundamentals of autonomous system (including sensing, reasoning, and acting). Also, it covers robotics-specific topics such as power sources, machine vision, actuation (e.g. linear actuators and electric motors), manipulation, locomotion (walking, rolling, climbing, etc.), environmental navigation, and human-robot interaction (including speech recognition and gestures). Applications are wide-ranging, and include industrial robots, as well as those used in the military, construction, agriculture, and in medical fields.
Cities and communities around the world face many complex challenges to secure their future energy, mobility, health, and environmental needs in a sustainable manner. Smart advanced technologies and engineering solutions will play a pivotal role in providing key answers to these challenges. This interdisciplinary program offers advanced knowledge and skills to develop and deploy such technologies and solutions that enable urban planning professionals and leaders to effectively design, build, and manage the sustainable and smart cities of the future.
This program provides a wide range of subjects covering fundamentals of smart sustainable cities. It covers the fundamentals (land use, energy systems, mobility modes, infrastructure systems, etc.), sustainable urban development (transportation, water, energy social infrastructure, etc.), sustainable neighborhoods (sensitive site design, ecology conservation, biodiversity, mixed use development, walkability, etc.), and intelligent transportation systems (e.g. connected vehicles, travel demand management).
The program also equips the student with the necessary tools to become effective in this field, such as urban sustainability planning methods (decision theory, data classification, statistical sampling, hypothesis testing, etc.), environmental economics (market failure, externality, common and public goods, economic environmental valuation, circular economy, etc.), urban informatics (remote sensing, spatial data structures, global GIS databases, photogrammetric systems, space borne sensors, etc.), and big data analytics (e.g. smart clouds, machine learning and visualization of big data, privacy).
This interdisciplinary program provides students with the skills and competence necessary for managing global supply chains, and paves the way for further professional certification in this field. It is one of the most sought after career advancement tracks, as supply chain management has become an essential component of the success of many businesses, not just globally (Amazon, Alibaba, etc.), but also locally.
This program covers the systematic and strategic coordination management for supplying goods and services required by the end customer. Topics include supply chain strategies, drivers, transportation, sourcing, distribution networks, global networks, sustainability, and procurement (supplier management purchasing, policies, procedures, global sourcing, cost management, negotiation, etc.). Other topics cover logistics, including lean systems, market distribution, manufacturing, production forecasting, inventory control, optimization, warehouse management, deterministic and stochastic inventory systems, capacity planning, and material requirement planning. Students are equipped with the skills to manage and run effective and efficient supply chain businesses.
This interdisciplinary program is designed to develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills necessary to prepare professionals and specialists in the field of sustainability and environmental management. The program will provide comprehensive and deep knowledge to prepare students to look at the broad environmental implications of the human activities, to be environmentally responsible in the use of materials, and be efficient in the use of natural resources. The program focuses on the environmental, technological, sustainable issues associated with environmental management and sustainability that face organizations. It offers insight into the causes and solutions to a range of environmental issues and will help students to evaluate environmental constraints and opportunities facing a variety of institutions and acquire the skills required to implement sustainable policies.
This program prepares professionals from various disciplines to acquire knowledge on various sustainability and environmental management functions. It covers subjects related sustainability and environmental management, including circular economy, environmental sustainability principles, climate change effects and sustainable adaptation, sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, environmental impact assessment, data analytics for decision support systems, greenhouse gas emissions management, and project leadership and communications management.
This multidisciplinary program equips professionals with the knowledge required to address the challenges of transforming the energy sector into a highly efficient and reliable one, focusing on two complimentary sectors that are highly prized in the job market, which are the sustainable use of conventional energy and the rapid rise of renewables.
This program covers various renewable energy technologies, including solar (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power), wind, hydrogen, geothermal, and waste-to-energy systems, as well as energy storage options such as electrical (e.g., batteries and super capacitors), fuel cells, and thermal storage. Students understand the components of renewable energy systems at and their performance and study the integration of renewable systems with storage and conventional systems. The program also covers sustainable energy systems (including energy outlook and the environment, global warming, and techno-economic analysis).
Maximizing economic production of unconventional resources is a critical objective of the oil and gas industry. Specializing in this rapidly growing topic is key to becoming a successful professional in this global field. This multidisciplinary program helps engineers and geoscientists master the fundamentals of unconventional resources from different perspectives and provides them with the advanced technical tools to manage them effectively. It also bridges the gap between the subsurface of the unconventional resources and hydrocarbon production.
In this program, students will learn advanced, multidisciplinary methods in evaluating and producing unconventional hydrocarbon resources. This includes the engineering (single-well performance forecasting, flow in ultralow permeability reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing and their clusters, etc.), geomechanics and petrophysics (e.g. boreholes tresses, instability, sand production, etc.), reserves estimation and whole-reservoir production forecasting at a level required to act as a reserves estimator, and advanced topics such as depositional settings and heterogeneity of unconventional reservoirs. The program devotes time to dive into hydraulic fracturing (e.g. 2D and P3D fracture design, fracture chemistry, diagnostics, etc.), and also covers natural gas engineering, production optimization, well completion parameters, artificial lift systems, and underground gas storage. The program also covers Uncertainty quantification, including statistical methods that address the modeling, assessment, propagation, and management of uncertainties (stochastic modeling, Monte Carlo methods, etc.).
Visual computing is an emerging field that combines computer graphics, computer vision and virtual reality to advance cutting-edge methodologies for the acquisition, processing, manipulation and rendering of visual content. This multidisciplinary program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and technological skills to understand and develop sophisticated problem solutions in innovative-driven industries such as entertainment, medicine, robotics, criminology and security, Computer Aided Design (CAD) or machine vision.
This program enables scientists and engineers in the areas of computer vision and computer graphics (CG) to expand their skills in the application of both traditional and cutting-edge techniques. Topics include computer vision (image representation, filtering, classification, segmentation, feature detection, motion estimation, etc.), CG imaging (light, colors, shading, ray tracing, texture mapping, bump mapping, anti-aliasing, etc.), CG modeling (parametric and implicit curves and surfaces, meshes, point clouds, etc.), CG animation (shape and motion modeling, rigid bodies, deformable objects, fluids, interactive dynamic animations, etc.). The program also covers visual computing mathematics (e.g. discrete and continuous differential geometry of curves and surfaces and geometry processing on meshes), deep learning for computer vision (e.g. using machine learning for object detection and recognition, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, supervised and unsupervised learning, and deep neural generative models for 3D geometry), and interactive CG (e.g. virtual objects, images, worlds, and environments, immersive vs non-immersive VR, 3D interface design).
Water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today, and is expected to become even more acute in the future. This interdisciplinary program provides the necessary skills to tackle key challenges in the entire water cycle, from resources to waste, including water storage, state-of-the-art desalination technologies, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, and water pollution. The application of this knowledge is universal across numerous sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, healthcare, agriculture, and others. Having an advanced degree in this important field is an essential addition to those looking for a successful career in these industries.
The program offers a comprehensive coverage of the full hydrologic cycle. Topics include engineering hydrology (hydrologic cycle, precipitation, runoff, flood routing, etc.), water resources and pollution (e.g. water footprint, virtual water, groundwater and ocean pollution), groundwater remediation (mass transport in porous media, contaminant hydrogeology, risk assessment, ex-situ and in-situ remediation methods, etc.), and industrial wastewater treatment (e.g. treatment standards, pollution prevention, waste reduction, design of physico-chemical processes, equalization, neutralization).
The programs covers several advanced topics in desalination, include thermal desalination (solar stills, humidification/dehumidification, single and multiple effect evaporation, etc.), membrane desalination (membrane transport theory, concentration polarization, membrane fouling, reverse-osmosis system design, etc.), material degradation in desalination (corrosion, wear, mitigation practices, acid cleaning, etc.), rate controlled separation processes (e.g. crystallization, adsorption, adsorption, ion exchange, rate based modeling, breakthrough curves).
This multidisciplinary program prepares professionals for the exciting and rapidly expanding industry of wireless communications. The world is increasingly abandoning the wire, so future careers in communication will invariably depend on professionals who fully understand wireless protocols and devices at multiple scales.
This program focuses on contemporary and novel topics in wireless communications, including network layering, digital communication, wireless protocols (from 2G to 5G, leading to 6G), spectrum regulation, management, and security. Topics include space representation of signals, detection of signals in noise, band-pass modulation techniques, cellular systems, propagation modeling, digital transmission techniques, diversity, and multiple access techniques. Other topics include optical fibers, waveguides, light sources, IoT principles and application requirements, network management standards, models, and protocols, frequency planning, spectrum management authorities, global interoperability, standardization bodies, testing and certifications, and wireless communications development.
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