The Ph.D. Program in Computational and Data Science offers an interdisciplinary and personalized course of study that emphasizes innovative research and applications of research. After completing a set of core courses teaching the basic methodologies and techniques of computational science, students will specialize in an area based on shared interests with one or more faculty mentors, culminating in a final dissertation of the student’s choice.
Our computational science faculty encompasses internationally renowned educators, scholars, researchers and experts in their fields committed to collaborative, faculty-mentored student research aimed at preparing graduates for the most demanding careers. The college has recruited teams of world-renowned physicists and computational scientists to work on groundbreaking concepts that combine wide-ranging subjects such as physics and engineering, mathematics and computer science, biological science, chemistry, and environmental and health science.
Since employers continue to seek computer professionals who can combine strong technical skills with good interpersonal and business skills, the Ph.D. in Computational Science prepares students for employment in academia, scientific research laboratories, private industry and governmental agencies. In addition to organizations under the Departments of Interior such as BLM and USGS, the Doctorate in Computational Science offers employment opportunities with NGOs and non-profit organizations, as well as manufacturing and private sector companies.
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. All of our PhD students receive some form of financial aid from Chapman University and many of them receive additional aid through our industry partnerships. Our industry partners provide scholarship funding as well as internship opportunities for our students.