PhD in Computational Sciences and Engineering

The PhD in CSE is a highly interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with practical skills and theoretical understandings needed to become leaders in the field of computational science and engineering. The program emphasizes the integration and application of principles from mathematics, science, engineering and computing to create computational models for solving real-world problems.

Applicants to the CSE PhD program might want to consider applying to the FLAMEL program.

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete at least 31 hourse of coursework, as follows. All students must take CSE 6001 (Introduction to CSE, 1 hour), CSE core courses (12 hours), a computation specialization (9 hours), and an application specialization (9 hours). To complete the core course requirement students must complete four of the five courses making up the core curriculum: CSE/Math 6643 (Numerical Linear Algebra), CSE 6140 (CSE Algorithms), CSE 6730 (Modeling and Simulation: Fundamentals & Implementation), CSE/ISYE 6740 (Computational Data Analysis), and CSE 6220 (High Performance Computing). The computational specialization includes at least 9 hours of courses that increase the student's depth of understanding of computational methods in a specific area, as approved by the student's academic advisor. These courses must go beyond "using computers" to deepen understanding of computational methods, preferably in the context of some application domain. The application specialization includes at least 9 hours of courses that increase depth of understanding in an application field; these need not be computation-focused courses. At least nine hours of PhD courses must be courses that do not carry the CS/CSE course designation. Hours taken as part of the computation and/or application specialization can be used to fulfill this requirement.

Math Students. Students who have Mathematics as their home unit are required to take at least 9 hours having the MATH course designation (and not crosslisted with other departments), and Additional requirements may apply depending on the student's home unit.  

Qualifying Exam. A qualifying examination must be attempted by the end of the second year of enrollment in the CSE doctoral program (normally taken after the student completes CSE core coursework). The qualifying exam includes both written and oral components. For thewritten exam, students will be tested in two CSE core areas. The oral exam includes two portions. The first is a component defined by the student's home unit in a dissertation related research area. The second tests the student's ability to integrate knowledge across computational models, mathematics, and engineering and science to synthesize concrete computational artifacts such as a significant computer program. The artifact will have been created by the student in coursework, initial research, or other activities (e.g. previous industry experience). A qualifying examination committee shall be appointed by the CSE program coordinator for each student and consists of four faculty members. The examination committee shall be present for the artifact defense, and is responsible for making an overall recommendation concerning the outcome of the qualifying examination, including both the written and oral components. If the exam is failed, the student is allowed to retake it once in the next semester that the exam is offered.

Doctoral Thesis. Students are required to complete a doctoral thesis reporting the results of independent research that advance the state-of-the-art in the CSE discipline. The dissertation must be successfully defended to the students dissertation research committee.