Computational Modeling and Simulation, PhD

The Computational Modeling and Simulation program at the University of Pittsburgh provides its graduate students with an integrated program of creative and independent research, coursework, and teaching. Our students pursue research in diverse areas including:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Geology and Environmental Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Students benefit from the computational resources of Pitt's Center for Research Computing, and they benefit from workshops offered by the Center and interaction with its consultants. An extensive seminar series exposes students and faculty alike to the world’s leading scientists and their latest research. Pitt’s outstanding research and placement resources, coupled with the university’s commitment to being one of the finest and most productive universities in the world, uniquely positions to help you meet your objectives.

Degree Requirements

All students enrolled in the program will be required to satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Two courses (3 credits each) in Numerical Methods
  2. Two courses (3 credits each) in Scientific Computing/Programming
  3. Two courses (3 credits each) from a participating department outside Computer Science, Math, and Statistics, in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or the Swanson School of Engineering
  4. 12 credits in a concentration area in a participating department in the School of Arts and Sciences or in the Swanson School of Engineering
  5. Enrollment in the Computational Modeling and Simulation Seminar series for all fall and spring semesters in residence

A minimum of 24 credits from Categories One through Four are required. There can be overlap in courses satisfying Requirement Four and those satisfying One, Two, and Three.

For full degree requirements, view the Computational Modeling and Simulation course catalog.

Admissions Requirements