Master in Computational Science

Central Washington University

Program Description

Master in Computational Science

Central Washington University

Completed applications received by the Graduate School by March 6th will receive priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships. See the Prospective students page for more details. After the priority deadline, applications will be processed on a weekly basis.

Do you like to solve complex problems? Are you looking for a degree that will place you in one of the hottest jobs in the country?

Computational science is the field of study that uses computers to analyze and solve scientific problems. More than 750,000 jobs in the United States alone will be created in this sector in the next six years. CWU's computational science master’s program is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

The heart of CWU's interdisciplinary program is computer-related, but the applications will be studied in the context of a number of scientific domains, including:

  • biological sciences
  • environmental sciences
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • geology
  • mathematics
  • physics

CS Masters at CWU ... by the numbers ...

340 - Number of CPU cores available throughout the computer science department at CWU. Parallel computing or distributed computing, anyone?

8 - Number of research seminar presentations each year. Past topics have included the physics of sound, studying and modeling the behavior of drug-resistant proteins, and using Mathematica to model and understand complex mathematical functions.

12 - The current number of active graduate students, who conduct research or are working on projects in many areas, including computer-aided analysis of mathematical functions, cryptography, and AI inspired text analysis.

13 - The number of CWU faculty affiliated with the CWU Computational Sciences Masters Program, from among the computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and math departments.


The curriculum for the CWU Masters in Computational Science program is truly interdisciplinary. Students complete core coursework in computer science and mathematics. Then, based on their specific interest, students select from a wide range of electives.

Students must complete a total of 45 credit hours from among core courses and electives.

The core courses of the program

  • CS 528 - Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms, 4 credits
  • CS 529 - Advanced Algorithms for Scientific Computing, 4 credits
  • CS 530 - High-performance Computing, 4 credits
  • CS 565 - Scientific Computing, 4 credits
  • CS 567 - Computational Statistics, 4 credits
  • CS 599S - Research Seminar, 1 credit
  • CS 700 - Thesis/Project, 5 credits total among all enrolled quarters

The elective courses

The elective courses are selected by the student with the help of the faculty advisor.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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USA - Ellensburg, Washington
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