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Mathematical & Computational Science: The Data Science Major


Since the 1970's, Mathematical and Computational Science (MCS) has been Stanford's home for students interested in deploying analytical and quantitative thinking to tackle problems in science, industry, and society. Increasing data size and availability, enhanced computational power, and progress in algorithms and software make this an ever exciting area. 

Thanks to the common courses and faculty across four departments,  MCS students acquire a solid foundation in mathematics, computer science, probability, statistics  and optimization. They then explore how inferential and computational thinking can be effective in areas as diverse as finance, biology, marketing, engineering, etc. Or they can choose to acquire greater depth in one of the core disciplines.
Every year, our students continue to pursue their passions in a variety of positions in industry and academia.

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Questions regarding the Program can be emailed to the mcs-inquiries [at] lists.stanford.edu (MCS Program Coordinator)




Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for an information session on Stanford's new capstone requirement and how it relates to the program. 

RSVP here

Join the zoom session…

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Mackenzie Room
Huang Engineering Center

Please join Stanford Data Science for their Fall Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 10, with Dr. Jeffrey Heer from the University of Washington. 

There will be a cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by the lecture at 7:30pm…

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sequoia Hall Courtyard (behind building, by Sequoia 100)

Please join us for Fall Festivities on Thursday, October 12 at 3pm! This event is open to everyone and a great place for majors, minors and students interested in the program to mingle with the community. 

Boba and fun will be provided !