Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (for students enrolled on or after Summer 2013)

The Following Information Pertains to Students enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science on or after Summer 2013.

The following are in addition to the University’s graduate admission requirements:

  • A baccalaureate or master’s degree in Computer Science, or equivalent degree in a related field as judged by the School’s Graduate Committee.
  • For students without a Master’s degree in a related field: A minimum of a 3.2 average on all upper division work and acceptable courses in Calculus and Statistics. For students with a Master’s degree in a related field: A minimum of a 3.0 average on all upper division work and acceptable courses in Calculus and Statistics, and a minimum of a 3.3 average in related graduate work
  • GRE (general test), with a minimum quantitative score of 155. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required. GRE must have been taken within the past five years and TOEFL within the past two years
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for advanced graduate study in computer science.
  • Approval of the School of Computing and Information Sciences Graduate Committee.

Required Courses


(3) COP 5614 Operating Systems


(3) TCN 5445 Telecommunication Network Programming

(3) TCN 5421 Theory of Networked Computation


(3) COP 5420 Theory of Computation

(3) COT 6405 Analysis of Algorithms


No grade below “C” will be accepted in any course taken to satisfy graduate program requirements. Transfer courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Other Requirements

  • The student must pass at least seven elective courses, for a total of 30 semester credit hours of course work. In addition, the student must also earn at least 24 dissertation credit hours, and satisfy the School.s seminar attendance requirement. In total, 75 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree are required.
  • The student must pass the Candidacy Examination, which is a written examination designed to ensure that the student has competency in core computer science topics.
  • The student must pass the Preliminary Examination, which is an oral examination of his or her dissertation proposal.
  • The student must write a dissertation on his or her research and successfully defend it orally in the Dissertation Defense
  • The student must spend at least one academic year in full-time residence. Normally, this will be after passing the Candidacy Examination.