Q: What is CADS?
A: CADS is our shortened version of Computational and Data Sciences.
Q: What is the GRE? Is it required?
A: The GRE is a general, standard exam for graduate-level admissions testing verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. You can access GRE information here: http://www.ets.org/gre/. The test is required for applicants to the CADS programs. The recommended scores for admission are: 153 Verbal, 146 Quantitative, 4.0 Writing.
Q: Who should my letters of recommendation come from? May I submit additional letters?
A: Letters of recommendation should come from former faculty members or those you've worked with in industry who can attest to your academic and professional abilities. Two letters is recommended, but you can submit more if you wish.
Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: The priority deadline for both programs is January 15 for fall admission. The regular PhD admission deadline is March 15.
Q: What are the most important factors in the application evaluation?
A: The Program Director and Admissions Committee individually evaluate the entire application for each applicant. Every applicant is different and what might be a strength on one application may not be as highly considered in another. With that in mind, each piece of the application should be considered important.
Q: Can I submit my application before I have all the necessary documents?
A: Yes. Admissions will hold your application and notify us as your documents become available. You will not receive an admissions decision, however, until all documents have been received.
Q: When are admission decisions made?
A: Priority Applicants will be notified of admission and support decisions in late Jan./early Feb. Regular deadline applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline.
Q: How many students are accepted each year?
A: The PhD program cohort size is very limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline.
Q: When can I start?
A: Due to the nature of the courses, we strongly suggest starting in the fall semester. An exception to this is students with a very strong computational background who can waive out of Computing for Scientists, which is a prerequisite to the rest of the program and is only offered in fall. Please inform the program coordinator if you feel you fit into this category and are interested in starting in spring.
Q: How long does it take to complete the PhD program?
A: The length of time it takes to complete the program varies, depending on the amount of courses taken each semester. Students enrolled full time usually complete the the PhD in four to five years. Students may also attend on a part-time basis.
Q: Can I send in transcripts to show coursework from non-degree granting institutions?
A: Yes, we will take all courses you have completed into account for both admission and transfer credit.
Q: Can I transfer courses? Online courses?
A: Up to 30 credits completed toward an MS degree may be accepted as transfer credit. We accept both standard and online courses that meet all transfer requirements and are from regionally accredited schools.
Q: Is there financial support available?
A: Yes. Qualified PhD candidates are eligible for tuition support and assistanceships.
Q: How do I request tuition support?
A: Priority PhD applicants will automatically be considered for tuition support in the form of tuition discounts. If you have a special circumstance or specific need, please let the Program Coordinator know before the application deadline.
Q: How do I find out about available assistantships?
A: Students who would like to be considered for graduate teaching assistanceships should send their CV and evaluations from any previous teaching assignments to the Program Coordinator prior to the application deadline. Please specify level of knowledge in each of the following undergraduate areas: math, physics, statistics, and/or computer science.
Q: What scholarships are available?
A: Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships sponsored by government agencies, corporations, and foundations. Some students receive aid through our industry partnerships. Our industry partners provide scholarship funding as well as internship opportunities for our students. Some scholarship search options are found on the Financial Aid - Outside Scholarships page.
Q: What are the housing options?
A: On-campus housing is extremely limited and graduate students are encouraged to research alternative living arrangements off-campus by visiting our Introduction to Off-Campus Living page. After being accepted to the program, you can connect to the community through Facebook Off Campus Housing and Roommate Corner and Off-Campus Housing Listings. International students should also check with International Student & Scholar Services.
Q: How accessible are the professors at Chapman?
A: With a small student to professor ratio, CADS students have incredible access in this highly personalized program.
Q: Does Chapman offer part-time enrollment and evening classes?
A: Yes, part-time enrollment is available. We offer late afternoon and evening courses every semester.
Additional Information for International Students:
Q: Are Chapman's Computational and Data Sciences degrees STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs?
A: Yes, students in our program are eligible to apply for STEM benefits. See the International Student & Scholar Services for more information. You can also contact Susan Sams, Specialist International Student & Scholar Services, at email@example.com or 714-997-6829, with any questions.
Q: What is OPT
A: Optional Practical Training or OPT allows you to work for one year, following graduation, in a job related to your major or field of study. See the International Student & Scholar Services for more information. You can also contact Susan Sams, Specialist International Student & Scholar Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 997-6829, with any questions.
Q: What is CPT?
A: Curricular Practical Training or CPT allows you to participate in an off-campus paid internship that is related to your major or field of study. See the International Student & Scholar Services for more information. You can also contact Susan Sams, Specialist International Student & Scholar Services, at email@example.com or (714) 997-6829, with any questions.