Why should I earn the MSSE degree rather than an MS?

Workforce readiness in the development and use of software and high end computing infrastructure is seen as a limiting factor in addressing what will certainly be even more complex grand challenge science problems as well as societal issues of the future. Standard MS degrees do not tackle these highly multidisciplinary and technological demands. There has been a paradigm shift that the computational sciences disciplines, broadly defined, would be better served through the training of a Professional Master’s in computational “technology” that can integrate these individuals into software related industries with a well-defined reward and promotion structure. Such professional training may overcome one of the primary challenges of defining a career track for a computational “generalist” who can move smoothly into and out of the related science domains of molecular simulation, quantum chemistry, condensed matter physics, computational materials, etc as needs arise for their expertise, and have those contributions integrated into a degree-granting home that recognizes their value. It also addresses a vacuum in management and leadership in the simulation software sciences that have a rich ecosystem of code bases and users that intersect with literally thousands of institutions and industries world-wide, thereby making software project management a growing issue.