Computational Science and Engineering

Computational Science and Engineering

Matthias Heinkenschloss
Program Director

The advanced multi-disciplinary degree program in Computational Science and Engineering addresses the current need for sophisticated skills in data and computation in both engineering and the sciences. Such skills require an understanding of tools, techniques, and algorithmic capabilities in a range of subjects including simulation, modeling, analytics, parallelization, visualization, networking, and programming. An awareness of a variety of new algorithms and analytic techniques is essential to maximizing the power of the new data and computational tools.

The Master of Computational Science and Engineering (MCSE) professional master's degree is for individuals interested in practicing within the field of data and computation.

Computational Science and Engineering does not currently offer an academic program at the undergraduate level.


Matthias Heinkenschloss, Computational and Applied Mathematics

Advisory Committee

John Dobelman, Statistics 
Matthias Heinkenschloss, Computational and Applied Mathematics
Mack Joyner, Computer Science
Michael T. Orchard, Electrical and Computer Engineering

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Description and Code Legend 

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference:  

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects can be applied towards this program

Department (or Program) Description and Code 

  • MCSE students are admitted to one of the following four home departments:
    • Computational and Applied Mathematics: CAAM
    • Computer Science: COMP
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering: ELEC
    • Statistics: STAT

Graduate Degree Description and Code

  • Master of Computational Science and Engineering degree: MCSE

Graduate Degree Program Description and Code

  • Degree Program in Computational Science and Engineering: CSCE 

CIP Code and Description1

  • CSCE Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 11.0101 - Computer and Information Sciences, General