Sep 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computational Science (Physics) PhD


The doctoral degree in Computational Science with an emphasis in physics prepares students for either academic or professional careers within fields in which computational physics plays an essential role. The program combines the power of mathematics, physics, and computer science to train students to be successful in such careers, by providing them with the opportunity to engage in research activity that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Admission Requirements and Procedures , applicants must submit GRE scores. Applicants whose native language is not English must earn a TOEFL score of at least 550 (TOEFL PBT), 217 (TOEFL CBT), or 80 (TOEFL iBT), or a IELTS score of at least 6.5.

  • Official GRE Test Scores
  • Resumè
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

Students must comply with the General Degree Requirements  prescribed by the Graduate School, and follow the policies listed under General Academic Information .  In addition, the following requirements must be satisfied:

  1. If entering the program with a bachelor’s degree, completion of the Master of Science in Physics.
  2. A comprehensive examination covering the core courses.  A maximum of two attempts is allowed.
  3. Completion of research tool requirements, as specified by the doctoral committee.
  4. Successful defense of the dissertation by the end of the eighth year.

Course Requirements (54 hours)