The CMDA program draws on expertise from four departments at Virginia Tech whose strengths are in quantitative science: Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics. By combining elements of these individual disciplines in innovative, integrated courses, with an emphasis on techniques at the forefront of applied computation, CMDA imparts a suite of quantitative skills that the workplace is demanding. The program focuses on extracting information from large data sets, as well as analyzing and solving problems by modeling, simulation, and optimization, drawing on the computational skills that make solving the complex problems of the 21st century possible. Graduates are expected to be qualified for positions in industry, business, the sciences, engineering, and more.