Ph.D. Computational Science and Engineering - Program of Study

The Ph.D. degree in CSE requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of coursework. The program of study is designed to give the student breadth of knowledge in computational science and engineering, depth in specific computational methods and techniques, and knowledge to apply these techniques to problems within the context of a specific application domain.

The CSE PhD program is designed to be flexible by allowing students to tailor the program to suit their individual career objectives. As a student, you will define your own program of study with the approval of your dissertation advisor, home unit coordinator and CSE program director (all students must satisfy the following minimum course requirements).

PhD CSE Degree Requirements - 31 Credit Hours Required



Hours Required


The PhD program requires completion of 12 hours by taking four among these five courses:


CSE Core Courses (plus CSE intro)

  • CSE/Math 6643 Numerical Linear Algebra, 3 hour
  • CSE 6140 Computational Science and Engineering Algorithms, 3 hours
  • CSE 6730 Modeling and Simulation: Fundamentals & Implementation, 3 hours
  • CSE/ISYE 6740 Computational Data Analysis, 3 hours
  • CSE 6220 High Performance Computing, 3 hours
  • CSE 6001 Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering (1 hour) must be taken at least once.


Computation Specialization

  • Courses that increase understanding of computational methods, approved by academic advisor. These courses must go beyond “using computers” to deepen understanding of computational methods, preferably in the context of some application domain.


Application Specialization

  • Courses that increase depth of understanding in an application field; these need not be computation focused courses.





Please refer to the CSE graduate program handbook for additional information.

Program of Study Approval

Students must file a proposed program of study indicating which courses will be used to fulfill the degree requirements after successfully passing the Qualifying Examination or by the end of the second year in the program. The student’s dissertation advisor, the home unit coordinator, and the CSE program director must approve the proposed program of study.