MAS.S62 | Spring 2018 | Graduate
Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


Programming experience is required to succeed in this course. See the list of Introductory Programming Courses on OCW.

Course Description

Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies have gained attention over the years as the systems continue to evolve. This course looks at the design of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how they function in practice, focusing on cryptography, game theory, and network architecture. Future developments in smart contracts and privacy will be covered as well. Programming assignments in the course will give practical experience interacting with these currencies.

Problem Sets

There are three assignments for this course that are described further in the Assignments section.

Final Projects

Groups of 1–4 submit topics for a final project. Teams will design and implement an application or system, add a new feature to an existing system (e.g., a cryptocurrency or shared ledger implementation), propose a new formalization in this space, or pose and solve an interesting problem.


Activities Percentages
Attend Lectures 20%
Problem Sets 40%
Final Project 40%

Course Info
As Taught In
Spring 2018
Learning Resource Types
theaters Lecture Videos
assignment Problem Sets
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