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Program Format

The Doctor of Science degree is based on course work and dissertation research. Students can enter the doctoral program directly after completing their undergraduate degree (Direct Doctorate) or after completing their MS degree (Post-MS Doctorate). Possible research topics include:

  • Computer Security and Information Assurance
  • Software Engineering and Systems
  • Bioinformatics and Biomedical Computing
  • Networking and Mobile Computing
  • Pervasive Computing and Embedded Systems
  • Algorithms and Theory
  • Digital Media
  • Image and Audio Processing
  • Search and Data Mining

For a complete description of the research areas, as well as the faculty involved, please see

Degree Requirements

Direct Doctorate

54 credit hours of course work, including three required core courses and at least one Advance Topics course. Up to 15 of the credit hours can be taken in fields outside of the department.

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Core Courses

CSci 210 Advanced Software Paradigms
CSci 211 Computer Architectures
CSci 212 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Post-MS Doctorate

30 credit hours of course work, including at least one course in each of the three areas(Algorithms & Theory, Systems & Architecture, and Applications), and at lease one Advanced Topics course. Up to nine of the credit hours can be taken in fields outside of the department.

Additionally, all degree candidates must

  • Pass the Preliminary Exam within four semesters of starting the program.
  • Pass the Qualifying Exam by the end of the sixth semester.
  • Pass a Dissertation Proposal Exam.
  • Complete a Dissertation (for 24 credit hours beyond the course work).
  • Successfully defend the dissertation to a committee.
  • Prior to graduation, submit for publication at least one paper to a referred venue.