Master's and Professional Science Master's Programs

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

Cal State Apply Application Deadline:
February 1

File Completion:
March 1

Application for MS Program is not currently accepting Spring applications.
Incomplete Packets Will Not Be Reviewed Or Considered For Admission. International students should factor Visa application processing
when applying for deadline.

When applying to the MS/PSM Programs, YOU MUST SEND TWO SETS OF MATERIALS—one to SDSU Graduate Admissions (Item I below) and one to the Computational Science MS/PSM Programs (Item II below).

  • Apply Online at the Cal State Apply site:
  • Submit OFFICIAL Transcripts: One set from each post-secondary institution listed on your application form. Unofficial transcripts or copies are not accepted.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS Score (International Applicants Only). If you recieved a post secondary degree from a non-english taught university, you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • More information: Graduate Admissions website

  • Submit Online at the Graduate Program Supplement Application Site:
    Interfolio Supplement Application website

  • Required in Application:
    1) Unofficial Transcripts: One set from each post-secondary institution listed on application     form.
    2) Three Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which is from a former professor in the     selected field of study.
    3) Statement of Purpose

Please contact Interfolio Technical Support with issues regarding online submission of supplemental documents:


To be admitted to our MS 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, Resume and Statement of Purpose from an accredited institution. The applicant must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 3.0/4.0.


Your answers to these questions will help the faculty and admissions committee gain an understanding of your readiness for this MS program, your academic motivation, and your understanding of and commitment to the field of computational science.

1. What are your short and long-term goals? Include your career objectives and goals for graduate study.

2. Describe your research interests, including research you have completed and how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of the SDSU MS program in computational science. If you have been involved in several research projects, please choose the one that most interests you or to which you made the greatest contribution and discuss how it aligns with our program. Identify three specific faculty affiliated with the MS/DS program in computational science with whom you would like to work and explain how their interests align with your own.

3. Our students must be tool makers as much as tool users. Please tell us your experience writing computer codes in C, C ++, FORTRAN, etc.

4. Understanding that your goals may change over the course of your graduate study, at this time, would you like to work in industry, a national laboratory or an academic institution? Explain your reasons why.

5. Accurate and effective communication is a vital part of the research process. What can you tell us about your communication skills, both written and verbal? Are you an author on any papers? If so, please list them. Have you presented your research at any conferences? Were they poster or oral presentations? Have you taken any science or technical writing classes?

6. If necessary, briefly explain any deficiencies or inconsistencies in your records. (optional)

For more information, please contact:

Computational Science Graduate Advisor
Dr. Barbara Bailey

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