About Us

Established in 2008 and incorporated into the Schwarzman College of Computing as one of its core academic units in January 2020, the MIT Center for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE) is an interdisciplinary research and education center focused on innovative methods and applications of computation. CCSE involves faculty, researchers, and students from MIT’s Schools of Engineering, Science, Architecture and Planning, and Management, as well as other units of the Schwarzman College of Computing. Our educational programs seek to train future generations of computational scientists and engineers to both develop and use sophisticated computational methods for a wide variety of applications.

CCSE offers two graduate programs (SM & PhD) in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). The CSE master’s degree program is interdisciplinary, providing students with a strong foundation in computational methods for the simulation, design, and analysis of complex engineered and scientific systems; it emphasizes educational breadth through introductory core courses in numerical analysis, simulation, and optimization, and depth though an elective component that focuses on particular applications as well as a thesis. Students in the CSE PhD program undertake advanced specialization in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a doctoral thesis in this field. The CSE PhD degree is awarded by one of the following eight departments: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Science and Engineering; the specialization in computational science and engineering is highlighted by specially crafted thesis fields.