Graduate Programs

Applied Computation master's programs offer a rigorous foundational education with the flexibility for students to pursue their own interests through the following programs. Many graduates go on to work across a variety of industry sectors, including technology, government, financial, marketing, media and consulting. Other graduates choose to pursue further studies at leading graduate business or doctoral programs.

Master of Science in Data Science

Twelve courses, taken over at least three semesters

Data Science lies at the intersection of statistical methodology, computational science, and a wide range of application domains. The program offers strong preparation in statistical modeling, machine learning, optimization, management and analysis of massive data sets, and data acquisition. The program focuses on topics such as reproducible data analysis, collaborative problem solving, visualization and communication, and security and ethical issues that arise in data science.

Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering

Eight courses, usually over two semesters

Harvard's degree program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is an intensive year of coursework leading to the Master of Science.

The one-year SM program, developed by the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS), provides rigorous training in the mathematical and computing foundations of CSE. Independent research projects and elective courses focusing on the application of computation to one or more domains complement the foundational coursework.

Master of Engineering in Computational Science and Engineering

Eight courses, plus one year of research leading to a master’s thesis

Harvard's second degree in Computational Science and Engineering is the two-year Master of Engineering (ME). The ME is a two-year program requiring a thesis. The student is expected to spend most of the second year conducting research.

Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering

Four courses, open to all Harvard Ph.D. students

Graduate students across Harvard can complete a Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering. SEAS welcomes applications for the Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). This Secondary Field is available to any student enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, upon approval of a plan of study by the Standing Committee on CSE and the student’s home department Director of Graduate Studies.