Graduate Student Recruitment

The use of computational methods and tools to solve important problems is a fact of life in the 21st century in the sciences, in engineering, and in many other fields.  Knowledge of how these methods work, and how to use them effectively, has become crucial to the success of students entering these fields.  Furthermore, close collaboration between those who develop new algorithms and the scientists and engineers who apply new methods to cutting-edge problems can foster innovation and greatly facilitate discovery.

In pursuit of these goals, the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering is offering a range of graduate programs that will train students to be leaders in computational and data science.  These offerings include graduate certificates as well as a PhD program in Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.  If you have any questions about the coursework or curricula that will be offered, please contact the CMSE Graduate Director.

Eligibility for Application

Students who wish to pursue a PhD in Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering should have a four-year bachelor's degree in any area of science or engineering, and have a strong interest in computational or data science.  Students are expected to have taken courses in calculus through differential equations, and to have a working knowledge of linear algebra and basic statistics.  In addition, students are expected to be proficient in at least one commonly-used programming language and to have knowledge of basic numerical methods.  More details, as well as profiles of successful domestic and international applicants can be found at this web page.

Fall Semester: Applications for fall semester of the following calendar year must be paid, submitted and received by the department no later than January 2nd of the preceding spring semester to be considered for admission.  Applicants who wish to be considered for department, college, and University fellowships should ensure that all application materials (including recommendation letters and transcripts) are received by January 2nd, and are strongly encouraged to email the CMSE graduate director to inform them that they wish to be considered for such fellowships.

Spring Semester: Applications for spring semester of the following calendar year must be paid, submitted and received by the department no later than August 1st of the preceding summer semester to be considered for admission.

The materials required for the CMSE PhD program as well as instructions for submitting these materials can be found at this page.  The application requires a CV, academic and personal statement, transcripts, the general GRE, and three letters of recommendation.  It is particularly important for students to identify faculty that they are interested in working with in their academic statement!  International scholars have some additional requirements, which can be found here.  This may include an English proficiency test, so please plan ahead!  Please direct any questions or concerns to cmsegrad@msu.edu or call +1-517-432-0168.