Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science

Program Director: Dr. John Wallin
Wiser-Patten Science Hall, 217
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

MTSU is proud to announce a new Ph.D. in Computational Science (COMS). The COMS doctoral degree is a strong research-centered program administered by faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. This program is designed to provide unique educational and research opportunities to solve complex problems using:

  • Numerical Solution
  • Computational Modeling
  • Computer Simulation

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 application deadline is February 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following Fall. Late applications may be considered, but admission and financial support in the form of an assistantship are not guaranteed.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science program,
a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php).
  2. submit official scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing measures of the GRE that indicate potential for success in the Computational Science program. The GRE is an important measure and is given significant consideration in the admissions review process. Successful applicants typically have Verbal and Quantitative scores at or above the 50th percentile for persons intending graduate study in science with a combined V + Q score exceeding 297 (current scale) or 1,000 (former scale);
  3. submit official transcripts showing a GPA in previous academic work that indicates potential for success in advanced study. Successful applicants typically have a minimum 3.50 GPA in their graduate work or a minimum 3.00 GPA when entering with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a science discipline;
  4. provide letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. in the Computational Science program.


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466