Computational Science and Engineering

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77 Massachusetts Ave. • 35-329 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 253-3725

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) allows students to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice via focused coursework and a Doctoral Thesis through a number of participating host departments, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Nuclear Science and Engineering. The emphasis of thesis research activities is the development of new computational methods and/or the innovative application of computational techniques to important problems in engineering and science.

The CSE program is administered jointly by the Center for Computational Engineering (CCE) and the host departments. Admission can be gained by electronic application to the CSE PhD program. During the application process, applicants are required to indicate in which host department they would like to reside. To gain admission to the CSE program applicants must receive approval from both the host department graduate admission committee and the CCE graduate admission committee. Please see http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/cseadmission for more information about the application process, requirements and relevant deadlines.

Once enrolled, students are expected to complete the host department's degree requirements (including qualifying exam), except those relating to coursework in the major field of study, the composition of the thesis committee, and the submission of the thesis. These requirements are specific to the CSE program and are discussed in more detail below:

The major program of study consists of at least five graduate (H-level) subjects in computational science and engineering. A list of suitable subjects can be found here. Subjects taken as part of an MIT SM degree can be counted toward this requirement. Doctoral candidates are normally expected to take their major subjects at the Institute. The specific subjects will depend on the student’s thesis topic and background, and will be approved by their thesis committee."

Major Field of Study

The major program of study consists of at least five graduate (H-level) subjects in computational science and engineering. A list of suitable subjects can be found here. Subjects taken as part of an MIT SM degree can be counted toward this requirement. Doctoral candidates are normally expected to take their major subjects at the Institute. The specific subjects will depend on the student’s thesis topic and background, and will be approved by their Thesis Committee.

Thesis Committee Composition

The rules on the composition of the student’s thesis committee vary depending on the student’s host department. Please see http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/cse for more information.

Thesis Submission

In addition to the approval required by the student’s host department, the complete thesis needs to be approved (signed) by the CSE program director. Original copies will need to be filed both with the host department and the CCE administration.

Title of Thesis Field

The title of the PhD degree awarded will vary depending on the student’s host department. Please see http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/cse for more information.

For more information about the CSE program, contact Kate Nelson, 617-253-3725, Room 35-329, cse_info@mit.edu; or visit http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/education/