Computational Science & Engineering Concentration

for the graduate concentration in Computational Science & Engineering

program director: Luke Olson

overview of admissions & requirements:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

program website:

program website:

program faculty:

college website:

contact: Bryan Wang

department office: 1205 W Clark St, Suite 2102, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 300-5696


The heart of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is to develop innovative ways of solving engineering and scientific problems using computation as a tool. This new form of science compresses the development process in engineering and engenders knowledge discovery with a new paradigm in many areas because it enables “virtual experiments” and helps focus physical experiments to reduce or eliminate trial-end-error laboratory-based approaches. Further, it teaches students to solve complex problems with prevailing computer technology.

The CSE graduate concentration is designed to provide graduate students at both the Masters and PhD levels with a solid base in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering. This concentration is not part of the MEng in Engineering degree program.

This concentration requires students to complete 16 graduate credit hours. Courses taken toward this concentration will count towards the student’s graduate degree for students enrolled in:

Actuarial Science, MS

Aerospace Engineering, MS|Aerospace Engineering, PhD

Agricultural & Biological Engineering, MS|Agricultural & Biological Engineering, PhD

Applied Mathematics, MS|Applied Mathematics: Actuarial Science, MS

Astronomy, PhD

Atmospheric Sciences, MS|Atmospheric Sciences, PhD

Bioengineering, PhD

Biology: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, MS|Biology: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, PhD

Biophysics & Quantitative Biology, PhD

Chemical Engineering, PhD

Chemistry, PhD

Civil Engineering, MS|Civil Engineering, PhD

Computer Science, MCS|Computer Science, MS|Computer Science, PhD

Electrical & Computer Engineering, MS|Electrical & Computer Engineering, PhD

Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, MS|Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, PhD

Entomology, MS|Entomology, PhD

Financial Engineering, MS

Geography, MS|Geography, PhD

Industrial Engineering, MS

Materials Science & Engineering, MS|Materials Science & Engineering, PhD

Mathematics, MS|Mathematics, PhD

Mechanical Engineering, MS|Mechanical Engineering, PhD

Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, MS|Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, PhD

Physics, PhD

Plant Biology, MS|Plant Biology, PhD

Statistics, PhD

Systems & Entrepreneurial Engineering, MS

Teaching of Mathematics MS

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, MS|Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, PhD


Students wishing to enroll in the Computational Science & Engineering Concentration should follow the enrollment procedure on the program's Web site.

for the graduate concentration in Computational Science & Engineering

For more information regarding the CSE Graduate Concentration, visit the Computational Science and Engineering website, or contact the CSE Office at 217-333-3247 or

Core Course Work: Complete two courses (4 hours each) from the list below.8
Numerical Analysis
Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg
Applied Parallel Programming
Numerical Methods for PDEs
Scientific Visualization
Computing Elective8
Complete two courses (4 hours each) from the approved list. The application coursework must be distinct from the core courses (no double-counting is allowed).
Total Hours16
Additional Requirement
M.S. and Ph.D. Thesis Requirement: The graduate thesis must have a significant computational component, and the thesis committee must include at least one CSE-affiliated faculty.
M.S., Non-thesis Requirement: Must complete a 4- hour independent study/Capstone Project course, where the project is supervised by a CSE-affiliated faculty. The independent study project must comprise sufficient computational work, to be designed in consultation with the faculty supervisor overseeing the independent study.