The doctoral program leads to a PhD in Computer Science.
Students admitted into the program typically have a master's degree in computer science
or a closely related discipline. Students with a bachelor's degree and a strong academic
record may also be directly admitted.
PhD students are required to:
- have a minimum of 24 credit hours in residence.
- pass two qualifying exams: general comprehensive exam (covers algorithms, architecture, operating systems, programming languages); a specialization exam covering area of research
- present and defend a prospectus that describes the intended research topic.
- successfully defend dissertation
PhD students must, at an early stage, identify a dissertation advisor from one of the full-time CS faculty who shares their research interests.