MTSU's Ph.D. in Computational Science (COMS) is an interdisciplinary,  research-centered program focused on solving scientific problems with computational and numerical methods.    Faculty from the program are from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. This program is designed to provide unique educational and research opportunities to solve complex scientific problems using cutting edge numerical and computational techniques.


Our Mission

The mission of the Computational Science doctoral program is to prepare our students for 21st research careers in academia, government, and industrial laboratories by emphasizing the key role of computation in the physical, biological, and mathematical sciences.  Research-intensive studies in computing, mathematics, and science provide the foundation needed to solve real world problems across the disciplines.  Our program emphasizes both simulation and data-intensive science, giving our students the skills they need to model complex systems and handle the huge volumes of data generated in modern scientific experiments.  Our partnership among Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy faculty results in a unique interdisciplinary education that prepares graduates to adapt and grow as computing systems and scientific research evolves.


The goals of the Ph.D. degree in Computational Sciences are to provide competencies in the following areas:

  • mastery of the mathematical methods of computation as applied to scientific research investigations coupled with a firm understanding of the underlying fundamental science in at least one disciplinary specialization;
  • deep knowledge of programming languages and computing technology so that graduates can adapt and grow as computing systems evolve; and
  • skills in effective written and oral communication so that graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in academia, national labs, and industry.

The aim of the Computational Science Ph.D. is to be research intensive and applied. From the beginning of their time on campus, students will be involved in research groups and exposed to the breadth of interdisciplinary problems being addressed by individual faculty members and their collaborations. A key goal of the coursework and the early involvement in research is to help students achieve a broader view of computational science as an approach that can be applied within and across traditional disciplines. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Computational Science will be prepared with a unique mix of skills that will permit them to pursue research careers in academia, government, and industry laboratories. A strength of the Ph.D. in Computational Science is the individual attention available to the students and the strong mentoring relationship between the program faculty and the students. If you have any questions about the Ph.D. program, please contact the Graduate Program Director:

Dr. John Wallin
Program Director

If you have questions about applying to graduate school, please contact:

Rick Henegar
Director of Graduate Admissions