Computational Science and Engineering​ is an area of study within the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select "SM ME Computational Science and Engineering​" in the Area of Study menu.


Computation is the third leg of science and, along with theory and experiment, allows researchers to address the major challenges at the frontier of natural and social science and all engineering fields. The Computational Science and Engineering master’s program gives students experience with mathematical techniques for modeling and simulation of complex systems and parallel programming, as well as collaborative software development. The program’s core curriculum is supplemented by elective courses and research opportunities that encompass faculty and courses from all areas of Harvard.

The program especially focuses on hands-on research projects. In many of the program’s courses, you will demonstrate your mastery of the material covered in the course by applying those methods in a final project. You will have a deeper research experience by completing a master’s thesis on a computational project under faculty supervision or through the Capstone Project course—in which teams of students work on real-world projects sourced from industry partners, such as working with Spotify on recommender systems and with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on optimum bus scheduling.

Graduates of the program have taken key positions at large technology companies, major financial institutions, and emerging startups. Others have gone on to doctoral studies in computer science, applied math, and other disciplines.