Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (for students enrolled before Summer 2013)

The Following Information Protains to Students enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Before 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) COP 6727 Advance Database Systems

(3) COP 5420 Theory of Computation

(3) COT 6405 Analysis of Algorithms

(3) CEN 5011 Advanced Software Engineering

(3) COP 5621 Compiler Construction



All students must complete the following courses and receive a grade of ‘B’ or higher in each

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 five elective courses, for a total of 30 semester credit hours of course work. At least three of the five elective courses must be distinguished and specially marked Ph.D. level courses. The acceptable elective courses and distinguished Ph.D. level courses can be found in a list maintained and published by the School. 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.