PhD in Computer Science


Program Description


We are one of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities and a top-tier research institution. With an enrollment of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, we offer small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, multimedia databases, big data, vehicular networking, medical informatics, bioinformatics, information systems, and cybersecurity, among others. We rank fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $100 million, and are among the top one percent of public colleges and universities for return on educational investment, according to occupies a 45-acre campus in the University Heights section of downtown Newark along with Rutgers – The State University Newark Campus, Rutgers Medical School and Essex County College. NJIT is located 20 minutes from New York City.

Academic Environment

Our student organizations are active in our Computer Science department, making your student experience richer and more rewarding. These organizations include a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a women’s student chapter of ACM, an NJIT chapter of the Women in Computing Society (WICS), as well as an association of Computer Science graduate students (DeepCS) and an institute-wide association of graduate students. Together, these organizations are responsible for funding student travel to conferences, organizing on-campus professional events (such as seminars, workshops, contests) as well as off-campus corporate visits and networking events.

Professional Environment

Located in Northern New Jersey, within the greater New York Metropolitan area, NJIT is part of a vibrant ecosystem of high technology players including major pharmaceutical companies (e.g., Pfizer), telecommunication companies (e.g., Avaya Labs), Wall Street companies (e.g., Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs), corporate research centers (e.g., Panasonic, Siemens, NEC) and federal agencies (e.g., the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlantic City). This offers our graduates and students excellent opportunities for internships, entrepreneurship, and employment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a superior background in mathematics, computer science theory and practice, and the basic sciences. They must have a bachelor degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate proficiency in English. Students who do not meet these requirements must strengthen their background before becoming eligible for admission. The GRE is required for applicants to this program.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all required courses, spend one academic year in full-time residency, participate in the instruction of a computer science course under the supervision of a faculty member, and submit an acceptable final draft of the dissertation with a successful dissertation defense.

Last updated June 2018

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