Our graduate students play a critical role in the department's research program, and they become researchers, teachers, and scholars in the community, state, region, and nation. Students completing the PhD go on to find new ways to mine “big data” from the Internet, solve cyber crime problems, create innovative visualization and graphics solutions, advance the use of modern IT infrastructure (such as cloud computing), and pursue inquiries at the frontiers of computer science understanding.
The PhD program is research-oriented doctorate and provides computer science research opportunities for individuals who have a career goal of:
- research and teaching at a university,
- employment in industry or a national research lab, and
- multidisciplinary research, such as biomedical computing.
Program Basics and TimelineThe PhD program usually requires a minimum of four years of study and research beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students interested in the program who have a sufficient computer science background may apply to the program directly after completing the BS degree.
The program consists of three phases (with some overlap between phases). The first is devoted primarily to formal coursework and preparation for the qualifying examination. The second consists of coursework and research in preparation for the comprehensive examination, which requires presentation of a dissertation research proposal. Successful completion of this phase leads to admission to candidacy. The final phase is the completion of the dissertation research and its defense.