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.

The design of the program is based on eight learning outcomes, developed through discussions with the IACS Advisory Board. Each student's plan of study should address these outcomes.The outcomes answer the question: "What should a graduate of our CSE program be able to do?"
  • Produce a computational solution to a problem that is reproducible and can be comprehended by others in the same field.
  • Communicate across disciplines and collaborate in a team.
  • Model complex systems appropriately with consideration of efficiency, cost and data availability.
  • Use computation for advanced data analysis.
  • Create or enable a breakthrough in a domain in science.
  • Take advantage of parallel and distributed computing and other emerging modes of computation, both in algorithms and in code implementation.
  • Evaluate and compare multiple computational approaches to a scientific challenge and choose the most appropriate and efficient one.
  • Apply techniques and tools from software engineering to build robust, reliable, and maintainable software.
  • CSE Core Courses

    • Applied Math 205 - Advanced Scientific Computing: Numerical Methods
    • Computer Science 205 - Computing Foundations for Computational Science
    • Applied Math 207 - Advanced Scientific Computing: Stochastic Optimization Methods.
    • Computer Science 207 - Systems Development for Computational Science


    The ideal candidate has shown a capacity for advanced computational work by (1) excelling in courses in math, computer science, statistics or scientific computing; (2) exploring computational approaches in undergraduate research; or (3) distinctive professional accomplishment. Recommendations and scores on the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the GRE might provide additional evidence of this capacity.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    Program requirements

    The completed and submitted Harvard GSAS Application; select program "Engineering and Applied Sciences."The statement of purpose.You will be asked to answer the following question: "Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen program of study at Harvard. What experiences led you to your research ambitions? Concisely state your past work in your intended field of study and in related fields. Briefly indicate your career objectives. Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words."C.V. or Resume.Three letters of recommendation.Please upload your transcripts to the Academic Background section of the online application. Additional academic information should be uploaded to the Writing Sample and Additional Academic Background sections as needed.Official ETS GRE revised General Test score report. The code is 3451Official ETS TOEFL test score report. The code is 3451. English Language Requirements TOEFL iBT® test: 80
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