College of Engineering

Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering


Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is an interdisciplinary graduate program (granting M. S. and Ph.D. degrees) designed for students who seek to use advanced computational methods to solve large problems in diverse fields ranging from the basic sciences (Physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc.) to sociology, biology, engineering, and economics.

The mission of Computational Science and Engineering is to graduate professionals who (a) have expertise in developing novel computational methodologies and products, and/or (b) have extended their expertise in specific disciplines (in science, technology, engineering, and socioeconomics) with computational tools.


The Computational Science and Engineering programs have been designed with the following objectives:

  • To lead graduate students to a mastery of high-performance computer programming tools as methods, as well as the acquisition, processing and analysis of large datasets.
  • To educate and train students in computational modeling, simulation and visualization.
  • To educate and train students in obtaining computational solutions to problems of high dimensions or involving large datasets.
  • To assist students in relating and applying the acquired computational science and engineering knowledge and skills to specific application fields of engineering, science, technology and business with expertise in the associated domain fields and their computational aspects.
  • To teach students to develop novel and robust computational methods and tools to solve scientific, engineering, technology, and business problems.
  • To produce highly versatile computational scientists, engineers, technologists, or business executives with a good understanding of the connections among various disciplines, capable of interacting and collaborating effectively with scientists, engineers, and professionals in other fields.
  • To increase the number of graduate professionals available to work in computational science and engineering.
  • To increase the diversity of graduate professionals, especially underrepresented minority and African Americans available to work in the computational science and engineering field.
  • To assist the State of North Carolina and the Nation to increase the pool of graduates with training and experience in computational science and engineering, interdisciplinary applications, and research.

Admission Requirements for the M.S. Degree

Background: Applicants to the CSE degree must possess an approved Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering. Approved degrees include disciplines in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

General prerequisites: All Applicants are expected to possess knowledge in (a) College chemistry and physics and (b) College mathematics. Applicants to the Computational Methods Track are also required to possess knowledge of (c) Calculus through differential equations, and (d) elementary numerical analysis or one semester of linear algebra. Programming skills and working knowledge of at least one high-level programming language such as FORTRAN, C++, or an interpreted language like Java, MATLAB, or Mathematica are required for the Computational Methods Track, and are recommended for the Computational Applications Track students on the student’s area of interest.

Graduate School requirements: Applicants to the M.S. Program must comply with the requirements for admission as specified by the School of Graduate Studies for all M. S. programs. In particular, they must comply with:

  1. The TOEFL and GRE examination requirements;
  2. Requirements regarding official transcripts for all college-level academic work;
  3. Requirements regarding Letters of Recommendation; and
  4. Completing an Application and paying all application fees

Other Requirements: In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies,

  1. The Applicant shall provide a “Statement of Purpose” in the context of pursuing the M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering.
  2. An applicant requesting financial aid is strongly encouraged to provide a resume.