Computational Science and Engineering- Master of Science

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Engineering and Applied Science
205 Benton Hall (513-529-0700)
SEASgrad@miamioh.edu
http://www.computation.miamioh.edu/masters

Introduction

Computational science is concerned with constructing mathematical models and quantitative analysis techniques to solve scientific and engineering problems. The field typically the uses computer simulation and other forms of computation to efficiently solve these problems. This degree is intended to meet the need for engineers and scientists who are not only well trained in an engineering or science discipline, but also in the computational areas that are needed to support these disciplines.

Students may select either the research (thesis) or course intensive (non-thesis) option. Requirements include: the computational core, an area of concentration, and a research-based thesis (research option) or a research project (course intensive option). The computational core develops competency in data structures and algorithms, simulation of physical and engineering systems, optimization, high performance computing, and numerical methods. Three concentration areas are offered: Bioinformatics, Computational Mechanics, and Electrical and Computer Systems. For the thesis and the research project students work with a faculty adviser on a research problem whose solution requires computation.

Admission and Application Requirements

New students are generally admitted only in the fall semester of the year. Entry into the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree in computer science (for the bioinformatics concentration), mechanical or manufacturing engineering (for the computational mechanics concentration), or electrical or computer engineering (for the electrical and computer systems concentration), or a closely related field.

Prospective students will be ranked and considered for admission based on the following information:

  1. Requirements of the Graduate School, including: undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if required)
  2. Three letters of recommendation and the applicant's essay describing the purpose of his/her study. Please use our letter of recommendation and statement of purpose forms found at www.eas.miamioh.edu/cse and click on the How to Apply link. Email all letters to SEASgrad@miamioh.edu.

Combined Bachelor/Master's Program

Undergraduate students may apply to participate in the combined bachelors/master’s program. This program allows you to pursue a master’s degree in an accelerated manner while pursing your bachelor’s degree. It is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge and research skills. Please contact the department for more information about the combined program.

Program Requirements

The degree requires course work in the computational core and one of the three concentrations. Students may enter the program with courses that cover some of the material in the computational core; however, they must complete at least 9-15 credit hours of computational courses.

Core and concentration requirements

Computational Core

Prerequisite - one of the following:

CSE 603 Computer Programming (4)

An equivalent course or courses within the last two years

Pass a proficiency test over the material in CSE 603.

9-15 credit hours from the following courses chosen with the advice and approval of the advisor and graduate program director, (Bioinformatics student are required to take 9 credit hours as long as they have credit for CSE 606 or its equivalent).

CSE 606 Data Structures and Algorithms (4)

CSE 607 Introduction to Database Systems with Its Mathematical Foundations (3)

CSE 615 Mathematical Modeling (3)

CSE 616 Simulation of Physical Systems (3)

CSE 541 Application of Technical Computing Tools (1)

CSE 543 High Performance Computing (3)

MME 601 Numerical Methods for Science, Engineering, and Statistics (3)

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Bioinformatics Concentration

In consultation with your advisor, select and obtain approval of the required hours of graduate courses in computer science, the sciences, mathematics, or statistics to fulfill the concentration requirements for your selected option.

Electrical and Computer Systems

In consultation with your adviser, select and obtain approval of the required hours of graduate courses in electrical and computer engineering to fulfill the concentration requirements for your selected option.

Computational Mechanics Concentration

The following THREE courses:

MME 512 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)

MME 536 Control of Dynamic Systems (3)

MME 623 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3)

ONE of the following:

MME 595 Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamics (3)

MME 503 Heat Transfer (3)

ECE 525 Digital Signal Processing (3)

MTH 532 Optimization (3)

MTH 535 Mathematical Modeling Seminar (3)

PHY 523 Materials Physics (4)

PHY 551 Classical Mechanics (4)

STA 501 Probability (3)

STA 563 Regression Analysis (4)

STA 566 Experimental Design Methods (4)

Complete ONE of the following options:

Option 1- Research option (thesis)

The research option requires completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate study and any additional hours needed to satisfy prerequisites. The distribution of hours is dependent on the concentration area and is summarized as follows:

Computational Core (9-12 hours)

Concentration (12-15 hours)

Research seminars (2 hours)

Thesis (6 hours)

Option 2 - Course intensive option (non-thesis)

The course intensive option requires the completion of a minimum of 34 credit hours and any additional hours needed to satisfy prerequisites. The distribution of hours is dependent on the concentration area and is summarized as follows:

Computational Core (12-15 hours)

Concentration (15-18 hours)

Research project (3 hours)

Graduate seminars (1 hour)

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