Doctoral Program

The Computational Science Research Center at San Diego State University is looking for qualified applicants for its interdisciplinary Ph.D. program (joint doctoral program) in Computational Science.

We have financial support in the form of Teaching, Graduate, and Research Assistantships and Fellowships. Areas of interest include Nonlinear Dynamics, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Relativistic Astrophysics, General Relativity, Fluid Dynamics, Material Sciences, Geophysics, Nuclear Physics and Physical Oceanography.

Admission priority and financial support will be given to students
who meet the following deadlines:

Cal State Apply Application &
Graduate Admissions File Completion Deadline:

December 15

Interfolio Application Deadline:
January 15

Applications for the PhD Program are accepted for the Fall semester only. Incomplete Packets Will Not Be Reviewed Or Considered For Admission. International students should factor Visa application processing
when applying for deadline.


To be admitted to the Joint Ph.D. Program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with background in Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Statistics, and Programming in a language such as C or Fortran. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their prior academic record and their potential for creative research and teaching, as demonstrated in submitted application materials. These materials will include official university transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, Resume and Statement of Purpose from an accredited institution. The applicant must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 3.0, and of at least 3.50 in any prior graduate course work. The applicant must, in addition, have attained such a scholastic record and present such confidential recommendations as to indicate that he or she is well qualified to pursue, with distinction, advanced study and research.

The GRE General is a requirement for admission. Scores on this exam must be less than five years old. Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to have a current minimum score of 80 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Oral communication in english is an important factor for admission into our program so we require, 26 or above in TOEFL iBT spoken component; 8 or above in spoken component of IELTS.


Step 1: Apply to the university through Cal State Apply Online System
Step 2: Submit required documents to SDSU Graduate Admissions
Step 3: Complete program application through Interfolio Online System

Required within Interfolio Online application:
1) Unofficial Transcripts: One set from each post-secondary institution listed on application     form.
2) Statement of Purpose
3) Current Resume
4) Test Scores
5) Three Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which is from a former professor in the     selected field of study.

For more information, please contact:

Computational Science Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jose Castillo

Computational Science Research Center :: 5500 Campanile Drive :: San Diego, CA 92182-1245 :: (619) 594-3430
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