Computer Science (PhD)
The PhD in Computer Science is a new research-focused doctoral program with the objective to help students develop proficiency in conceptualizing and implementing computer models and tools that address societal needs. This proficiency will enable students to analyze and review critically the scientific work in their area of interest and in the broader field of computer science.
The PhD in Computer Science requires 60 credit hours of coursework and a dissertation.
|COMP 413||Intermediate Object-Oriented Development||3|
|COMP 417||Social and Ethical Issues in Computing||3|
|COMP 460||Algorithms & Complexity||3|
|Three Doctoral Qualifying Courses 1||9|
|Natural Language Processing|
|Internet of Things Device and Application Security|
|Big Data Analytics|
|Advanced Computer Architecture|
|Theory of Programming Languages|
|Automata & Formal Languages|
To establish qualifications for research, students must take three courses covering any three of the four pillars of computer science (theory, systems, software, and artificial intelligence). A grade of A is required in all three courses for successful qualification for doctoral candidacy.
All PhD students and students in thesis-based Master's degree programs must successfully complete UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship or other approved coursework in responsible conduct of research as part of the degree requirements. It is strongly recommended that students complete this two-day training before beginning the dissertation/thesis stage of the program.
Research and Dissertation
The doctoral program culminates in a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the discipline. Along the way, doctoral students are expected to write peer-reviewed conference and journal articles, engage in community outreach, develop their pedagogical skills, and pursue increasingly complex research projects. Students are also expected to open-source their research projects. The final dissertation must be deposited in a publicly accessible database in accordance with Graduate School policy.
Graduate & Professional Standards and Regulations
Students in graduate and professional programs can find their Academic Policies in Graduate and Professional Academic Standards and Regulations under their school. Any additional University Policies supercede school policies.
Upon completion of the PhD in Computer Science, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Fundamental understanding of the principles, major research findings and current open problems in their area of emphasis
- Effective scientific communication skills
- Proficiency in critical thinking (including social impact)
- Appropriate use of the scientific method
- Technical writing proficiency
- Original scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research
- Understanding of equitable and inclusive computer science pedagogy
- Understanding of the grant proposal development process and various funding agencies