PhD in Engineering - Concentration in Computer Science

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Program Description

PhD in Engineering - Concentration in Computer Science

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The Doctor of Philosophy is a degree that is conferred on a student who has demonstrated proficiency in some broad area of learning, and who has proven that he or she has the capability to evaluate work in the field critically. In addition, the student must have demonstrated the ability to work independently and make original contributions to the field. No single prescribed set of courses can be established that, when completed, guarantee that the student has attained this high level. Rather, the degree is conferred after the student has satisfied both a course work and an independent study requirement under the supervision of a committee. Minimum course work and independent study requirements and the composition of the advisory committee for the Ph.D. program are described below.

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the professional activities of the department. This includes attending seminars and colloquiums, suggesting improvements in curriculum (both undergraduate and graduate), suggesting new teaching techniques and participating in the enhancement of computer hardware and software facilities within the department.

PECS Objectives & Outcomes

  • The candidate must have a broad knowledge of science, math and engineering
  • The candidate must have in-depth knowledge of the specific area in which the dissertation research will be conducted
  • The candidate must be able to read, understand, and evaluate professional literature on advanced topics in engineering and applied science.
  • The candidate must be able to write technical reports and project documentation.
  • The candidate must be able to make oral presentations of technical information.
  • The candidate must demonstrate the capability to make fundamental and significant contributions in the area of engineering and applied science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines, along with the tools of research, to perform analysis and synthesis and to visualize potential areas of application.

PECS Admission Requirements

A student can be admitted as a regular degree student if the student satisfies the following conditions:

  • The student holds a bachelor's degree in computer science or a master's degree in computer science or closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing. A student who is admitted without a master's degree may earn that degree as a part of the Ph.D. studies.
  • The student has at least a 3.3 grade point average (on a scale of 4.0) in all undergraduate and graduate work attempted or who has achieved a 3.3 or better in masters degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado.
  • U.S. resident applicants who have not graduated from a program of recognized standing, must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a score of at least 148 (new grading scale) on the quatitative portion.
  • The student has taken at least two semesters of calculus and a course each in discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, and linear algebra.
  • International applicants must follow the international applicant requirements to include GRE and proof of English proficiency either via the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 80 (internet based), or IELTS with a minimum score of 6; or have completed a degree at an accredited U.S. university; or complete an English as a Second Language program through either level 5 or level 112 (depending on the program).
  • Students who do not meet requirements for admission as regular students may be admitted as provisional students upon recommendation of the Computer Science PhD Committee. With the concurrence of the Graduate Dean, the Graduate Studies Committee may admit provisional students for a probationary period.

Degree Requirements

For candidates entering the program with a bachelor's degree in computer science, a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work at the 5000-level or above is required. For candidates entering with an M.S. degree in computer science, up to 24 credit hours of course work from a previously earned Master's degree may be transferred to the PhD program to meet the 30 credit hour course requirements. In all cases, 30 semester hours of dissertation credits are required. Three courses are required for students who have not taken these courses or their equivalents before. These are CS 5500 (Operating Systems), CS 5700 (Computability, Automata, and Formal Languages), and CS 5720 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms). All PhD students must also take CS 6000, Intro to Computer Science Research as part of their course work.

No more than 15 credit hours of dissertation can be taken prior to the semester in which the Comprehensive Examination is passed.

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Last updated January 26, 2016
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6 - 7 years
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USA Colorado Springs, Colorado
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