Computational and Data Sciences, BS/Accelerated Computational Science, MS
“In a world driven by data, university graduates with a solid knowledge base on Data and Computations have a distinct edge in the job market.”
This bachelor’s/accelerated master’s degree program enables enthusiastic, highly qualified, undergraduates to obtain the Computational and Data Sciences, BS and the Computational Science, MS within the accelerated timeframe of 5 years. The program requires a total of 144 credit hours of coursework, allowing students to undertake graduate coursework during their final year in the bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the 144-credit BS/MS combined program, students are exceptionally well prepared for undertaking doctoral studies or entering the professional workforce. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the bachelor’s and for the master’s degrees.
The education and research goals pursued in this accelerated program emphasize the crucial role of computation in the big data and the modeling and simulation arenas. The academic effort is focused on providing students with skills to be competitive in federal laboratories, scientific institutions, and high-technology firms.
Applicants for this accelerated master’s program are undergraduate students in the Computational and Data Sciences, BS. Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and have completed at least 90 credits. Additionally, applicants will have completed the following courses with a GPA of 3:00 or better: CDS 230, CDS 205 or CDS 251, CDS 301, CDS 302, CDS 303, CDS 411, CDS 461 or CDS 490 or CSI 500. Once admitted to the Computational Science, MS students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher in graduate coursework and should consult with their faculty advisor to coordinate their academic goals within the Data Science or the Modeling and Simulation emphases of the master’s.
Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions section of the current Mason catalog. Pertinent university wide policies are given in the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Degrees section of the catalog.
Reserve Graduate Credit
While in undergraduate status, a student may take a maximum of six graduate credits as reserve graduate credits and apply those credits to a master’s program. Reserve graduate credits are not counted toward the 120 credits required in the undergraduate degree.
Prof. Estela Blaisten-Barojas,
Dr. Joseph Marr,