Computer Science and Software Engineering — PhD

COMP 7270Advanced Topics in Algorithms3
COMP 7300Advanced Computer Architecture3
COMP 7500Advanced Topics in Operating Systems3
COMP 8990Research and Dissertation18
Select 3 Graded Credits in COMP 7000 and above (excluding COMP 7930 and COMP 8930)3
Select 27 Graded Credits in COMP 6000 and above27
Select 9 Graded Credits in 6000 and above9
Total Hours66

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of directed study (COMP 8930) can be applied toward the degree. A maximum of 18 hours of COMP 8990 can be applied toward the degree.

The general doctoral examination consists of two parts – written and oral. The written part will be successfully fulfilled by passing the three qualifying exams (computer organization/architecture, operating systems, and algorithms) or earning a B or higher in the required core courses. In the oral part, a doctoral student will present to her/his advisory committee a thorough description of her/his proposed dissertation research. Successful completion of the oral part requires unanimous approval of the student’s advisory committee. Upon successful completion of the general examination, the student advances to candidacy. After completion of the dissertation, the student must pass a final examination defending the dissertation.

There is no language requirement for the PhD.