Master's in Computational Science and Engineering

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) master’s program, led by faculty from Computer Science, Applied Math and the Engineering Sciences, and administered through the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS), provides rigorous training in the mathematical and computational foundations of CSE. 

CSE is an exciting and rapidly evolving field that exploits the power of computation as an approach to major challenges at the frontiers of natural and social science and all engineering fields. Sitting at the intersection of Computer Science and Applied Math, the master’s program offers students experience with mathematical techniques for modeling and simulation of complex systems; parallel programming and collaborative software development; and methods for organizing, exploring, visualizing, processing and analyzing very large data sets.

Students interested in the CSE program can choose to apply to either the Master of Science (SM) or Master of Engineering (ME) degree. Students take 8 courses to complete the SM degree. The degree can be completed in 2 semesters (one academic year), although many students choose to extend to a third semester to take additional courses and to allow themselves time to pursue a summer internship in industry. To earn the ME degree, students will spend four semesters (two academic years) on campus, spending a year on a master’s thesis research project after completing the same set of 8 courses required for the SM.

SEAS hosts in-person information sessions every Fall for students interested in the Computational Science and Engineering master's program (as well as the Data Science and MS/MBA programs).

Information sessions are held on a walk-in basis and no registration is necessary. Members of our admissions team will be on hand to answer questions about the degree programs and the application process.

All 2019 information sessions will be held on campus from 10:00 - 11:00 AM in Pierce Hall room 213 (Brooks Room)* at 29 Oxford Street in Cambridge on these dates:

       Tuesday, September 17

       Tuesday, October 8

       Tuesday, October 22

       Tuesday, November 12 - UPDATED LOCATION: this session will take place in Maxwell Dworkin room 221, 33 Oxford Street 

       Tuesday, December 3

*Please check back before traveling to campus; dates and times are subject to change.