MCS Program's Transition to Data Science
We have some big news to share!
MCS will be going through an exciting transition with the launch of the new Data Science major on September 1, 2022. Within the new Data Science program, there will be two routes: a B.S. and B.A. The B.S. option will be very similar to MCS, but with three important classes added (more information linked below). The B.A. option will be called Data Science & Social Systems, and it will allow students to work at the intersection of computation, statistics, and the social sciences to improve our communities.
With these new opportunities, the MCS program will stop accepting new majors and minors on September 1, 2022. Starting on September 1, 2022, students interested in Mathematical & Computational Science should explore the opportunities in the new Data Science program. The Data Science B.S. has requirements very similar to those of MCS.
For most students interested in this field, the change and accompanying opportunities will provide an even stronger preparation and be more aligned with common language used in the field. However, students who have a strong preference for declaring Mathematical and Computational Science will need to do so by August 30, 2022. Because of the unique circumstances, some students are currently able to declare MCS even if they have not yet taken all the classes usually required before declaring (two of Math 51, 52, 53 + Stats 116). If you would like to declare MCS, please see the instructions on our website and reach out to our mcs-inquiries [at] lists.stanford.edu (SSO )right away.
All students enrolled in the MCS major or minor prior to September 1, 2022 will be able to complete these degree programs. When they graduate, their degree will say Mathematical & Computational Science, just as they intended.
We know you probably have some questions about this! Here are some documents that might help:
- Frequently Asked Questions about the transition from MCS to Data Science
- Degree Requirements for the BS in Data Science (with changes from MCS in green)
- Degree Requirements for the BA in Data Science
- In addition, we plan to have the website for the new Data Science program up and running by August 18.
In the coming years, we plan to have program events for students that include both MCS students and Data Science students. It will be awesome to see the community grow!
Please feel free to reach out to our mcs-inquiries [at] lists.stanford.edu (SSO )with any other questions.
The MCS & Data Science Team
Note: The language in this announcement has been revised for clarity.