Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS)

Aims and Scope

The Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences (AMCS) program educates students to construct and solve mathematical and computational models of real-world problems. Two degree programs are offered: the M.Sc. degree (under either a thesis or a non-thesis option) and the Ph.D. degree. Admission to a degree program does not guarantee transfer to another.

The AMCS program offers specializations in two distinct directions (called “tracks”): applied mathematics (AM) and computational science and engineering (CSE).

The requirements for the different tracks are outlined below. All students in the M.Sc. program are guided by an academic advisor to develop their program of study. It is the responsibility of students to plan their graduate program in consultation with their academic advisor. Students are required to meet all deadlines.

Assessment Test (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)

Students are admitted to KAUST from a wide variety of programs and backgrounds. To design an appropriate study plan for students, all incoming students are required to take an assessment during orientation week. There is no grade for the assessment.

The purpose of this assessment is to determine whether students have mastered the prerequisites for undertaking graduate-level courses taught in the program. The academic advisor uses the results of the assessments to design a study plan with a list of courses aimed at addressing content areas that may impede a student from successful completion of the degree requirements. Students are encouraged to prepare for the assessment by refreshing the general knowledge gained from their undergraduate education before arriving at KAUST. The study plan requirements must be satisfactorily completed in addition to the University degree requirements.


All students are required to be enrolled in 12 credits each semester and 6 credits during the summer session. These credits can comprise coursework, dissertation research, directed research, thesis credits or internships.