Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing

The Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing. This certificate is open to all masters and PhD students currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. The Certificate can be completed in 1 year and all courses can count towards other majors and degree requirements.

Upon successful completion, students will:

  1. Develop unique skills at the nexus of high-performance scientific computing, data science, physical science and engineering
  2. Become equipped to solve the complex scientific and technological problems that carry societal impact through theory and computing.
  3. Earn a Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing which will appear on the student’s official Penn transcript.

In order to complete The Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing students must:

  1. Download and fill out the registration form. Have the form signed by your advisor and then submit the form, either via email or in person, to Julia Esposito (jnespos@seas.upenn.edu)
  2. Complete four courses taught by PICS faculty members. Options include:
    • 1 C.U. of a course from one of the options below:
      • Multiscale Multiphysics Modeling: BE/CBE/SCMP 5590 or CBE 5250 or MSE 5610 or MEAM 5530 or MEAM 6460
      • Machine Learning and Data Science: ENM 5310 or CIS 5190 or STAT 5710
      • Design Project: SCMP 7000
      • Independent Study: SCMP 5990
    • 2 C.U.s of elective courses from the options below:
      • Additional Data Science: CIS 5450
      • Additional Machine Learning: CIS 5200 or CIS 521 or CIS 6200
      • Additional Multiscale Modeling: CBE 5440
      • High-Performance Scientific Computing: BE 5160 or CBE 5060
    • Other course substitutions require approval.
  3. Attend at least 2 workshops hosted by PICS. More information here.
  4. Attend 8 AMCS or PICS colloquium, hosted on various Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00. More information here.


  • What is the deadline to apply?
    • You may apply anytime. Eligible Courses you have completed before the application is submitted can also be counted.
  • Is there a limit to the number of students who can enroll?
    • No, there is no limit on student enrollment
  • Does it need to be completed in 1 year?
    • You may take longer than a year to complete.
  • Can I count a class I was a TA for toward one of the 4 credits?
    • Unfortunately, we are not able to accept TA credits. You must have been enrolled in the class.