CSEM MS Requirements

While the Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) program offers both MS and PhD degrees, we are primarily a PhD track program. We admit a limited number of Master's students each year and do not have funding available for Master's students.

(The requirements below do NOT apply to students in the 5-year CS/CSEM integrated program. For sample degree plan for the 5-year program, please see the Integrated 5-year BS CS / MS CSEM Program page.

Specific Requirements

Students entering the Master's program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a natural science such as physics or chemistry.

The master's degree can be earned with approved coursework and optionally, a report or thesis. The student may fulfill any of the following options:

  • Thesis option: 24 credit hours of approved coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis preparation (30 credit hours total)

  • Report option: 30 credit hours of approved coursework plus 3 credit hours of report preparation (33 credit hours total)

  • No Thesis/No Report option: Earn 36 credit hours of approved coursework without a thesis or report

Regardless of the option chosen above, the course of study must include 24 credit hours of approved coursework chosen from courses in the three CSEM concentration areas: Area A (applicable mathematics), Area B (numerical analysis and scientific computation), and Area C (mathematical modeling and applications):

  • At least six (6) hours in Area A
  • At least six (6) hours in Area B
  • At least six (6) hours in Area C
  • Courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis

All requirements of the Graduate School must also be fulfilled.

The student's overall grade point average must be 3.0 (B) or better.