Doctoral Degree Program Requirements (for students admitted prior to Fall 2012)

Direct Ph.D. Degree

  • 54 credit hours of course work available for graduate credit—the specific course requirements for the 54 credit hours are:
  • The three core courses: CSCI 6221, 6461, 6212
    1. Seminar course requirement: at least one Advanced Topics course
    2. Breadth requirement: At least one course from each of the following three areas:
      • Theory and algorithms
      • Systems and architecture—current areas of focus include:(a) Computer architecture, networks and parallel and distributed computing; and (b) Software engineering and systems
      • Applications.—current areas of focus include: (a) Database and information retrieval systems; (b) Multimedia animation; (c) Graphics and user interfaces; (d) Computer security and information assurance; and (e) Machine intelligence and cognition
    3. A maximum of 15 credits outside of the department
    4. At most 4 courses numbered below 5000 that can be taken for graduate credit
  • 24 credit hours of dissertation research credits (CSCI 8999)
  • Exam Requirements:
    1. Pass the preliminary examination within 4 semesters of starting the program.   Students are allowed two attempts to pass the exam. Failure to pass the exam by the end of the 4th semester will lead to dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
    2. Pass the dissertation proposal exam
    3. Colloquium attendance requirement: Students must attend at least 6 talks—department colloquiums, seminars, or student dissertation/proposal defenses—and submit a short report on each to the dissertation proposal committee, using specific forms for this purpose. At least three such reports must be submitted in order to pass the dissertation proposal exam.
  • Complete a dissertation and successfully defend it to the dissertation committee. The dissertation advisor must be a regular full-time faculty in the Department of Computer Science. The dissertation committee must comprise at least four members in addition to the student’s advisor(s) and co-advisors. The committee must have a presiding chair who must be a regular full-time faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. At least three members of the committee, not including advisor(s) and co-advisors, shall be regular full-time faculty of the Department of Computer Science. At least one member of the committee must be an external reviewer—the external reviewer can be any person who holds a Ph.D. degree (or is a recognized expert in the field) and who is a not a regular full-time faculty in the Department of Computer Science. A co-advisor may not serve as the designated external member.
  • Students must submit for publication at least one paper to a refereed venue at the time of their dissertation defense.
  • Scholarship requirements:
    1. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to meet graduation requirements
    2. Students who receive two (or more) grades of F will be dismissed from the program
    3. Students who receive three (or more) grades below B- will be dismissed from the program

Post Master’s Ph.D. Degree

  • 30 credit hours of course work available for graduate credit—the specific course requirements for the 30 credit hours are:
    1. Seminar course requirement: at least one Advanced Topics course
    2. Breadth requirement: At least one course from each of the following three areas:
      • Theory and algorithms
      • Systems and architecture—current areas of focus include: (a) Computer architecture, networks and parallel and distributed computing; and (b) Software engineering and systems
      • Applications.—current areas of focus include: (a) Database and information retrieval systems; (b) Multimedia animation; (c) Graphics and user interfaces; (d) Computer security and information assurance; and (e) Machine intelligence and cognition
    3. A maximum of 9 credits outside of the department
    4. At most 2 courses numbered below 5000 that can be taken for graduate credit
    5. The three core courses—CSCI 6221, 6461, 6212—cannot count toward the course requirements
  • 24 credit hours of dissertation research credits (CSCI 8999)
  • Exam Requirements:
    1. Pass the preliminary examination within 4 semesters of starting the program.   Students are allowed two attempts to pass the exam. Failure to pass the exam by the end of the 4th semester will lead to dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
    2. Pass the dissertation proposal exam
    3. Colloquium attendance requirement: Students must attend at least 6 talks—department colloquiums, seminars, or student dissertation/proposal defenses—and submit a short report on each to the dissertation proposal committee, using specific forms for this purpose. At least three such reports must be submitted in order to pass the dissertation proposal exam.
  • Complete a dissertation and successfully defend it to the dissertation committee. The dissertation advisor must be a regular full-time faculty in the Department of Computer Science. The dissertation committee must comprise at least four members in addition to the student’s advisor(s) and co-advisors. The committee must have a presiding chair who must be a regular full-time faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. At least three members of the committee, not including advisor(s) and co-advisors, shall be regular full-time faculty of the Department of Computer Science. At least one member of the committee must be an external reviewer—the external reviewer can be any person who holds a Ph.D. degree (or is a recognized expert in the field) and who is a not a regular full-time faculty in the Department of Computer Science. A co-advisor may not serve as the designated external member.
  • Students must submit for publication at least one paper to a refereed venue at the time of their dissertation defense.
  • Scholarship requirements:
    1. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to meet graduation requirements
    2. Students who receive two (or more) grades of F will be dismissed from the program
    3. Students who receive three (or more) grades below B- will be dismissed from the program