Computer Science

Computer Science

Program Description

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers doctoral programs in Computer Science that lead to the award of a PhD. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a research degree that recognizes mastery of a field of study, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and the dissemination of significant and original contributions to the body of knowledge in that field. The Graduate School of Engineering and Management specifies the degree requirements for the school’s doctoral program. The doctoral programs offered within the Department are differentiated from one another based on the area of research specialization chosen by each student.

Computer Science faculty are currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Computer Architectures
  • Computer Networks
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cryptography
  • Computer/Network Attack
  • Computer/Network Defense
  • Computer/Network Forensics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Reverse Engineering and Code Protection
  • Robotics
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: MS in relevant area, with accredited BS in Computer Science

Test Required: GRE 156V/151Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: 3.50 (MS); 3.00 (BS) 

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria may apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field.

  • Graduates will be able to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the frontiers of knowledge.

  • Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, ethics, and independence of thought and action expected of a scholar.

  • Graduates will have extended and effectively communicated knowledge in his/her field.

Degree Information

Degree Type: Doctoral

Delivery Method: In-Residence

Degree Requirements

  • Major coursework (28 hours)
  • Mathematics (8 hours)
  • Dissertation research (48 hours)
  • Admission to candidacy: One year before graduation
  • In-residence study: Three successive quarters
  • Present dissertation at a public defense

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