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Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Modeling and Simulation

The Computational Modeling and Simulation Program provides you with an integrated program of creative, independent research, course work, 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
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

The quality of the Center for Simulation and Modeling and the accessibility of its faculty will offer you unparalleled opportunities for individualized training and interaction. 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 our department to help you meet your objectives.

Degree Requirements

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

  • Two courses (3 credits each) in Numerical Methods
  • Two courses (3 credits each) in Scientific Computing/Programming
  • Two courses (3 credits each) from a participating department outside of Computer Science, Math, and Statistics (but still within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, or the School of Computing and Information)
  • 12 credits in a concentration area in a participating department (i.e. the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, or the School of Computing and Information)

Admissions Information

Letters of Recommendation

Identify and seek the recommendations of three individuals (e.g., professors, employers, information professionals) who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance or your potential as an information professional.


Only scanned copies of official transcripts will be accepted and processed at the application stage.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

You are required to submit a recent score (within five years of the date of application) on the Graduate Record Examination as part of your admission credentials. Scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the General Section should be submitted.

Other Required Documentation

Please include the following with your online application:

  • CV; and
  • Statement of Intent outlining your career goals

Your CV and Statement of Intent should reflect and highlight relevant work experience.

For International Applicants

Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to participate successfully in graduate study. International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS (taken within two years of the date of application). A minimum score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 on each section) on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 7.0 (with at least a score of 6.5 on each section) on the IELTS is required.

For more information, visit our Graduate Admissions FAQ.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates and fees for the upcoming academic year can be found on the University’s Institutional Research Web site.