Ph.D. Requirements

The College expects that students starting work toward a PhD have a solid undergraduate background and Master's level background in Computer Science.  If you are unsure of your background, you should consult your advisor.

Ph.D. Students are required to:

Sample Ph.D. Program

The following schedule shows one way in which a PhD-only student could progress through the program to complete the PhD in four years. Because people have different backgrounds and different skills, your progress will almost certainly vary somewhat from this. It can be a helpful guide nonetheless. Students supported by an RAship will be able to make progress more efficiently if their Synthesis project and dissertation are well aligned with the RAship.

Year Fall Spring
1st core (3cr)
RA/TA
core (3cr)
core (3cr)
RA/TA
2nd core (3cr)
RA/TA
Synthesis begins
portfolio submitted
3rd core (3cr)
RA/TA
dissertation (9cr)
thesis proposal
RA/TA
4th dissertation (9cr)
RA/TA

RA/TA
thesis defense
PhD completed

 

Most PhD students are supported by research or teaching assistantships.