The Professional Masters of Computational and Applied Mathematics (M.C.A.A.M.) is an advanced, professional degree program designed for students interested in a technical career path in industry or business. The M.C.A.A.M. program provides students with a fundamental understanding of computational and applied mathematics tools that are essential to tackle complex problems in science, engineering and business. The M.C.A.A.M. degree does not require a thesis.
It takes 1.5 to 2 years to complete an M.C.A.A.M. degree when studying full time. With proper planning and coordination of undergraduate major(s) and senior year courses, Rice undergraduates have the option to complete the M.C.A.A.M. degree with just a 5th year of study. Candidates can also pursue the M.C.A.A.M. degree part-time while working in industry.
Admission to the M.C.A.A.M. program is open to qualified students holding bachelor's degrees (or their equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, or the physical, biological, mathematical sciences.
By entering the M.C.A.A.M program, you are joining a cohort of students enrolled in various professional master’s program in the school of engineering. http://engrprofmasters.blogs.rice.edu/
Total requirement: 30 credits = 10 courses
1) Required courses: choose at least 2 from below
CAAM 519: Computational Science I CAAM 550: Numerical Analysis I CAAM 554: Numerical Analysis II CAAM 571: Linear and Integer Programming
2) Required courses: choose at least 2 from below
All the remaining CAAM 500+ courses beside the 2 required courses taken. Thesis, seminar or independent study courses do not count as electives.
3) Courses outside CAAM (not cross-listed)
A student can take up to 3 non-CAAM courses with the approval of his/her mentor.
Students may tailor the curriculum to fit their professional goals and needs. Below are suggested courses of study:
MCAAM Track in Computational Modeling and Simulation:
Required Courses within CAAM
Electives within CAAM: Choose at least 5 from below
An optional (up to) 2 elective courses can be taken outside of CAAM allowing students to further customize their degree. For instance, students may choose to take STAT 532 and STAT 533. The courses should be chosen upon consultation with a faculty advisor.
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