Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Computer and Information Sciences offers an opportunity for exceptional students to pursue substantial research in the computer sciences and related areas. The program is highly selective and is purposefully kept small so that each Ph.D. student can receive substantial advising and mentoring from CDM faculty. To earn a Ph.D. degree, a student must demonstrate breadth of knowledge in at least two research areas and significant depth in a chosen dissertation area. In addition, the student must conceive, write and defend a Ph.D. dissertation representing a significant and original contribution to current academic research as demonstrated by a public dissertation defense and publication in established peer-reviewed academic conferences and/or journals.

In keeping with the CDM philosophy of blending academic and professional pursuits, full-time employed students will be considered for admission as part-time doctoral students. However, these applicants must have sufficiently flexible work schedules to allow them to attend required meetings and academic seminars that occur during daytime working hours throughout their degree program. In addition, many working students will find that they must take a leave of absence or cut back to part-time employment for some time period during the research and candidacy phases of the degree program.

The Ph.D. Admissions Committee determines which applicants will be admitted to the program. Because CDM admits only a limited number of students to the Ph.D. program, meeting the admission standards does not guarantee acceptance.

It is recommended that applications and all supporting documents be submitted as early as possible, but not later than:

  • January 15 for Autumn Quarter
  • October 1 for Winter Quarter

* At the discretion of the PhD Committee, applications for the PhD program may continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis up until one month prior to the start of a quarter. Students who apply for admission other than at the officially designated deadlines will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admission at the time of their application whether or not the PhD Committee is currently reviewing applications. If the PhD Committee is not reviewing additional applicants at the time of application, the applicant’s application will be kept on file until the next time the PhD Committee reviews applications. Applicants who wish to withdraw their application should do so by notifying the Office of Graduate Admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and Master’s degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution. The master’s degree must be in computer science, information systems, or a related field.
  • Personal statement describing your accomplishments, goals and interests
  • Resume
  • Official GRE score report of test taken within five years of the application deadline.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhD Addendum form
  • Show definite promise for completing the program
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students. We require at least a 92 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 580 on the paper-based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS. International applicants should visit the international admission webpage for further details.
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