Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough degree of knowledge in the discipline
  • Demonstrate an ability to use proper investigation techniques for the discipline
  • Use oral and written forms of communication to convey their ideas

Program Structure

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 42

Residence Requirements: Ph.D. students must satisfy the doctoral residency requirement by satisfactory completion of at least 18 credits in no more than 24 consecutive months. When satisfying the residency requirement, all Ph.D. students are subject to the following restrictions:

  • The doctoral residency requirement must be satisfied no later than the end of the semester in which the student completes his or her comprehensive examinations. 
  • Students must achieve a cumulative graduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 in all 
    courses counted toward satisfying the residency requirement.

Admission Requirements

A student who meets the minimum discipline requirements stated below will be considered for regular admission to the Ph.D. program. A student, who does not meet some of the requirements but shows high potential for advanced-level work, may be considered for provisional admission. Admission also depends on factors such as number of seats available, resources available in the area of student's interest, the quality of previous work, etc. A student who does not qualifying for admission to the Ph.D. program, may be considered for admission to the M.S. in computer science program.

Minimum Recommended Ph.D. Admission Requirements:

  1. GPA (Bachelor or equivalent Degree): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)
  2. GPA (MS or equivalent Degree if any): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)
  3. GRE (Quantitative) minimum score: 80%
  4. TOEFL iBTS minimum Score: 89 or IELTS minimum score: 6.5
  5. Prior Projects or Publications (Preferred)*
  6. Internationally Acceptable Accreditation of the Prior Degree Awarding Institutes

* Prior research project and/or publication record is not required for admission into CS Ph.D. program. However, doctoral faculty members give very high value to the students with such backgrounds.

Program Requirements

Computer Science Coursework:
COMP-SCI 5540Principles of Big Data Management3
COMP-SCI 5565Introduction to Statistical Learning3
COMP-SCI 5582Computer Vision3
COMP-SCI 5578Multimedia Communication3
COMP-SCI 5546Distributed Computing Systems3
COMP-SCI 5567Deep Learning3
COMP-SCI 5576Blockchain Technologies3
COMP-SCI 5577Internet of Things3
COMP-SCI 5592Design and Analysis of Algorithms3
CSEE 5690Advanced Special Topics (Research and Experimental Design)3
COMP-SCI 5699AResearch And Dissertation Research In Computer Science12
Total Credits42

Total Credit Hours: 42