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Computational Methods Concentration

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Foundation Courses 

Advanced Courses

Elective Courses

Students must take two (2) graduate-level elective courses in the areas of statistical modeling, data mining or database technologies. Students must choose electives from the following list of courses:

Capstone Options

Students have the option of completing a real world Data Analytics Project, or completing the Predictive Analytics Capstone course, or participating in a Data Analytics Internship or completing a Master's Thesis to fulfill their Capstone requirement.

  • Data Analytics Project
    • The real data analytics project is for students who are interested in working in a small team on a research project under the supervision of a CDM faculty. A list of available projects is published on the dampa center website ( Students who are interested in proposing their own data analytics project are encouraged to contact a CDM faculty member teaching analytics courses as soon as possible. Students must enroll in CSC 695 MASTER'S RESEARCH for a total of 4 credit hours taken in two consecutive quarters (2 credit hours for 2 quarters) to satisfy the capstone requirement. The faculty who supervises the project will initiate enrollment in the CSC 695 course.
  • Predictive Analytics Capstone course
    • CSC 672 PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS CAPSTONE course offers the opportunity of working on an analytics project in a more structured class format. Students enrolled in the courses will be working in teams on a data analytics project under the supervision of the course instructor.
  • Analytics Internship
    • An internship offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic experience with on-the-job training in an analytics related field. Students must enroll in CSC 697 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP for 4 credit hours to satisfy the practicum requirement. These are the steps: 1) Secure an internship with focus in analytics. 2) International Students must obtain the appropriate practical training form and meet with an advisor in the CDM Academic Center for approval. ( 3) Login to MyCDM and click the “MyInternships” link on the left to start the course enrollment process.
  • Master's Thesis
    • A student who has made an original contribution to the area (typically, through work done by CSC 695 MASTER'S RESEARCH) may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The student and the student's research advisor should form a Master's Thesis Committee of 3 faculty. The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis. In that case, the student will be allowed to register for the 0 credit hour course CSC 698 MASTER'S THESIS and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.