1. Online application for admission (includes $60 non-refundable application fee)
2. Official transcript from degree granting institution. A cumulative grade point average of 3.000 is required.
3. Graduate Admission Test Scores – The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are required and must have been taken within the last five years. Applicants must achieve the following minimum scores which are listed as previous version test scores and new version test scores:
- Verbal: 500/153
- Quantitative: 550/146
- Analytical Writing: 4.0/4.0
4. Letters of recommendation – two letters of recommendation are required, including one from an academic source which describes your professional and academic abilities.
5. Statement of Intent – a 750 word essay. Applicants are expected to address science topics they are interested in and how they envision applying computational science in those areas.
6. Resume – a resume or curriculum vitae is required.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
7. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on one of the following English language proficiency exams which must have been taken within 2 years of the date of application for admission to Chapman University.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) or
- Cambridge English Advanced Exam(CAE)
Ph.D. Computational and Data Sciences applicantsmust achieve a minimum score of:
- TOEFL: 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT)
- IELTS: 7.0
- PTEA: 68
- CAE: Level C1
8. Complete and submit the International Supplemental Application Guide
If you are an F student, you have the option of working in the United States (after one academic year of study) by engaging in practical training during your program or after it ends. Practical training can provide valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skills you are learning in school. There are two types of practical training available for F-1 students: curricular practical training (CPT/internship) and optional practical training (OPT).
Recipients of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields may be eligible for a one-time 17-month extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 29 months). The 17-month Stem Extension OPT is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Our International Student and Scholar Services office will assist you with this application.
For questions regarding any international student services, contact Susan Sams, Specialist International Student & Scholar Services firstname.lastname@example.org /(714) 997-6829.
- Differential Equations
- Data Structures
- Probability and Statistics
All prerequisite courses must be met by the end of the first semester.
2016/2017 Tuition Information - ALL COSTS LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Tuition per credit - $1,445
Financial assistance is available in the form of federal loans, department scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Most of our students receive some form of financial support from Chapman University and some receive additional aid through our industry partnerships. Our industry partners provide scholarship funding as well as internship opportunities for our students.
All students who submit a complete application will be automatically considered for a department scholarship. Admitted students will be notified of scholarships soon after receiving confirmation of admission.
More information can be found on the Financial Aid website or by contacting our Graduate FA department email@example.com or (714) 628-2730.
Priority Admission: January 15, 2017
Regular Admission: March 15, 2017
See the Academic Calendar for semester start and other dates.
Prospective Student FAQ
Contacts - You are always welcome to contact the Program Assistant, Robin Pendergraft, firstname.lastname@example.org / 714-997-6993 and the Program Director, Dr. El-Askary, email@example.com / 714-289-2053.
NOTE: Please include firstname.lastname@example.org on email to our admissions and international student’s offices when it is appropriate.
Admission – please contact Monica Chen, our admissions coordinator, at email@example.com or 714-289-3590 regarding your application, scheduling a campus visit or other non-program specific questions.
Apply by May 1st - Apply Now
International Students – View our international student’s admissions page for information regarding applying to Chapman -
Tuition - Contact Student Business Services at 714-997-6617 for information regarding tuition, fees, billing & payments. Please note that program staff are prohibited from discussing financial information.
Federal Financial Aid - For more information, email
- firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 628-2730. The FAFSA must be filed by March 2nd. Must be enrolled at least half time to qualify for federal loans. This means 4.5 units. If students are interested in receiving loans, they must complete the appropriate applications.
Housing - For graduate student housing options, contact Housing and Residence Life at (714) 997-6603.
Are scholarships available? Yes, Schmid College offers tuition support to a select number of students each semester (fees and other university charges are not covered). Scholarships are awarded based on the application materials submitted. There is no separate application process for scholarships awarded by Schmid College. In order to be eligible, students must submit application materials by the May 1st deadline. Students will receive award notification at time of acceptance. We also have opportunities for paid research and teaching assistantships for qualified students.
When can I start? Due to the nature of the courses, we strongly suggest starting in the fall semester. Possible exceptions are*:
- 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.
- Students who need prerequisites before beginning the MS. Some applicants who are strong in the sciences, but lack a solid background in math and computer science, are given the opportunity to take undergrad courses at Chapman to build their skills in areas they may be lacking.
*Please let us know if you feel you fit into either of those categories and would like to start in spring.
Can I transfer courses?
M.S. students - Up to 6 credits may be accepted as transfer credit
Ph.D. students - Up to 30 credits completed toward an M.S. degree may be accepted as transfer credit.