Computer and Information Science, PhD

The Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Computer and Information Science (CIS) welcomes candidates with strong training in any of the disciplines related to modern information processing, with an emphasis on computer science and mathematics. Research and teaching form the essence of our doctoral program. Our curriculum is designed to develop the intellectual skills essential for the rapidly changing character of research and to meet the demands of academe and industry. Students develop their own advanced study focus, working with faculty mentors on topics ranging from the core computer science discipline to diverse scholarly interactions within the School of Engineering and the University.

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Required Courses 

Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement
Responsible Conduct for Research in Engineering
Core Courses
Select four of the following:
Software Foundations
Analysis of Algorithms
Software Systems
Theory of Computation
Machine Learning
Operating Systems Design and Implementation
Database and Information Systems
Computer Organization and Design
Teaching Practicum
Teaching Practicum
Teaching Practicum
Elective Requirement
Select four approved 5000-8000 level University courses 1
Independent Study
Select 4 courses
Select 2 required courses related to the Dissertation Research area plus 2 in an unrelated area
Dissertation Status

Two courses can be waived for students entering with a Master's degree. Advisor and Graduate Chair approval is required for non-CIS courses.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.