Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering
Online professional master’s program focused on teaching scientists to use computation and machine learning to solve real-world problems in the molecular sciences and beyond.
Transform your science degree into a rewarding career
The Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) is designed to train scientists and engineers in Software Engineering and Machine Learning. The degree focuses on the molecular sciences and is suitable for students pursuing software engineering or data science roles in other areas requiring advanced machine learning, software engineering, complex mathematical modeling and simulations, or high-performance computing.Register for our next Infosession
Skills You Will Learn
The skills that the MSSE teaches are directly transferable to other science and non-science based industries that require advanced machine learning, complex mathematical modeling and simulations, software engineering, or high-performance computing. MSSE is also an excellent preparation for students planning to pursue PhDs in the computational sciences.
MSSE Courses Combine
Transform Science-Based Industries
The MSSE’s curriculum teaches computational molecular science with a focus on advanced machine learning, complex mathematical modeling and simulations, software engineering, and high-performance computing. These skills are increasingly used across a wide range of science-based industries including:
Biotech & Pharmaceutical
- Drug discovery and new therapeutics
- Vaccine development
- Individualized medicines
- Improved testing and screening
- Renewable bioplastics
- Reliable, durable materials for renewables
- Biocompatible materials
- Renewable energy & biofuels
- Eco-friendly materials & chemical processes
- Improved solar cells
- New battery technologies
Food & Agriculture
- Food and water security
- Decarbonizing the synthesis of chemical feedstocks
- New water treatment technologies
- Developing advanced semi-conductor materials
- Thermal condoctivity improvements
- Improving yield and cost
- Lighter, stronger, more durable materials
- Superalloys and exotic materials
- Shape memory and superelastic alloys
Explore Careers with MSSE
With its focus on Computational Molecular Science, MSSE prepares you for Software Engineering, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Research Scientist roles in high-demand fields such as Computational Chemistry, Cheminformatics, Computational Biology and Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Physics, Computational Material Science, Quantum Computational Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and other Computational Science fields.
Average Starting Salary $119,850
Machine Learning Engineers
Average Starting Salary $124,742
Simulation and Modeling Engineer
Average Starting Salary $111,900
Average Starting Salary $118,997
Average Starting Salary $110,035
Average Starting Salary $127,374
MSSE courses are taught online, except for two on-campus bootcamps*. Online Learning at Berkeley means you can receive a Berkeley-quality education from anywhere in the world—no visa application required. The MSSE features small classes taught by world-renowned faculty.
*Fully online options are available.
Finish The Program
Finish the MSSE degree fast in 9-months or two semesters.
Earn your master’s in two years or on your own schedule.
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A Berkeley Quality Education
MSSE is located within Berkeley’s Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering, which are consistently ranked among the top in the nation and the world.
#2U.S. graduate Chemistry Programs
#2U.S. graduate Computer Science Programs
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