PhD in Computer Science

University of Texas Arlington

Program Description

PhD in Computer Science

University of Texas Arlington

The purpose of the graduate program in Computer Science is to facilitate the student's continued professional and scholarly development. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are designed to prepare the student to conduct research and development in an area of concentration.

Typical areas of concentration include:

  1. Computer Systems: parallel processing, quality-of-service, and resource management in distributed systems, scheduling, and load balancing for parallel and distributed systems, tools for parallel programming, performance evaluation, fault-tolerant computing, interconnection networks, multimedia systems, real-time systems, memory system design;
  2. Intelligent Systems: neural networks, machine learning, planning, scientific visualization, pattern recognition, natural language processing, multi-agent environments, decision support;
  3. Software Engineering: requirements engineering, incremental delivery, conceptual modeling, scenario-based techniques, formal specifications, object-oriented software engineering, design methodologies, software testing, software maintenance, software re-engineering, software processes, real-time systems;
  4. Database: temporal databases, object-oriented databases, database models and languages, distributed database systems, indexing and hashing techniques, conceptual modeling, data security, logic and databases, query optimization, relational design theory, user interfaces, data repositories.
  5. Communications: networks, wireless communication, distributed computing, mobile computing, multimedia systems.

The Ph.D. in Computer Science continues the development of the student's research capability. Coursework selection in each student's program is designed to support the dissertation area selected by the student.

A minimum of two semesters of full-time study is required during the dissertation phase. There is no foreign language requirement.


Degree Requirements and Courses

The Ph.D. in Computer Science continues the development of the student's research capability. Coursework selection in each student's program is designed to support the dissertation area selected by the student.

A minimum of two semesters of full-time study is required during the dissertation phase. There is no foreign language requirement.

The graduation requirements fall into three categories: completion of a specified number of graduate credits in appropriate subjects with an acceptable grade-point average, demonstration of understanding of the discipline of computer science as evidenced by examination, and completion of a substantial research effort documented in a doctoral dissertation.

The Ph.D. timeline gives a detailed roadmap with expected time limits that have to be met on the various milestones. The Ph.D. checklist shows major milestones for completing the degree requirements for students with and without master's degrees in computer science. The Graduate Studies Committee prefers applicants with master's degrees but does not require a master's degree for admission. The milestones that a student passes during the course of a doctoral program are diagnostic evaluation, basic and advanced coursework, comprehensive examination, research proposal, dissertation research and documentation, and dissertation defense. At least two consecutive semesters of residence are required and the final GPA must be at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.


Initial Advising

Upon entry into the program, students should see the graduate advisor to decide on initial coursework and discuss their anticipated timeline.


Credit Requirements For M.S.-to-Ph.D. candidates

All students entering the program are expected to possess knowledge equivalent to the CSE and math foundation courses as specified in the master's brochure.

A student must enroll for a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework beyond the master's degree. Courses involving a letter grade constitute coursework. A typical student would take around 24 hrs to meet the necessary breadth and depth that the supervising committee assigns. Foundation courses (undergraduate deficiency courses) are not part of the 18 credits.

There is no formal procedure for transferring coursework taken at another university for credit in a doctoral program.

A student must also enroll for a minimum of 18 semester hours of dissertation research (CSE 6399, 6699, 6999) with 6999 required in the semester in which the dissertation is defended.


Credit Requirements For B.S.-to-Ph.D. candidates

All students entering the program are expected to possess knowledge equivalent to the CSE and math foundation courses as specified in the master's brochure.

A B.S.-to-Ph.D. student must enroll for a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework as follows:

  • CSE 5311 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms and
  • and 3 of the following
    • CSE 5301 - Data Analysis and Modeling Techniques
    • CSE 5306 - Design of Operating Systems
    • CSE 5317 - Design and Construction of Compilers
    • CSE 5350 - Computer Systems Architecture

There is no formal procedure for transferring coursework taken at another university for credit in a doctoral program.

A student must also enroll for a minimum of 18 semester hours of dissertation research (CSE 6399, 6699, 6999) with 6999 required in the semester in which the dissertation is defended.


Admission Requirements

The CSE graduate admission committee bases its decision for Ph.D. graduate admission on the following criteria (in no specific order):

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  • A GPA of 3.2 or higher on CS-related coursework in the last two years of an undergraduate degree.
  • For students holding an M.S. degree, similar criteria apply.
  • Relevance of the student's degree(s) (background) to the CS curriculum.
  • Rigor of the student's bachelor's degree and M.S. degree if applicable.
  • Reputation of the university/college that the student has received his/her previous degrees from.
  • GRE General Test: Admitted students typically earn the following scores on the GRE
    • GRE quantitative score of at least 160 for PhD
    • GRE verbal score of at least 150 for PhD
    • A sum of verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 310 for Ph.D. applicants.
  • For Ph.D. applicants, three letters of recommendation are needed, as well as a statement of purpose. These should be addressed to Head of Ph.D. Admissions and emailed to khalili@uta.edu
  • For Ph.D. applicants, the following are optional. Meeting these criteria will improve both a student's chances of securing admission and receiving financial support.
    • Publication in scholarly conferences/journals.
    • A percentile of 80 score or higher on the Computer Science subject GRE.

The above criteria are used as follows in relevance to the three possible admission decisions, i.e., Unconditional Status; Probationary Status; and Denied.

  • Unconditional Status: Applies to an applicant who meets the first six criteria above to a degree satisfactory to the graduate admissions committee.
  • Probationary Status: Applies to an applicant who meets at least five of the six criteria to a degree satisfactory to the graduate admissions committee and whose record shows promise for success in the program or to an applicant who does not fulfill all the deficiency course requirements.
  • Denied: Applies to an applicant who does not meet five of the first six criteria to a degree satisfactory to the graduate admissions committee.


Requirements from BS to Ph.D. Accelerated Program

  • An undergraduate degree in CS or CpE or closely related field.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  • A 3.2-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last two years of undergraduate course-work. In particular, performance on CS-related courses is emphasized.
  • Rigor of the student's Bachelors degree. A three-year degree is not considered rigorous enough.
  • Reputation of the University/College that the student has received his/her previous degrees from.
    • GRE quantitative score - 160 or higher
    • GRE verbal score - 150 or higher
    • A sum of verbal and quantitative scores of 310 or more on the GRE1 :
    • (International Applicants)
      A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score - 90 or higher (iBT)


Continuation

To fulfill its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professionals, the Department has established certain requirements that must be met by students continuing in the graduate programs. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere in the catalog, the Computer Science and Engineering Department has established additional requirements detailed in its Guide to Graduate Programs.


Assistantships

Students admitted without any probation may qualify for financial support of the following forms:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
  • Priority is given to Ph.D. students.


Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees


International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.

International financial statement form


Our application priority dates are:

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1


Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 31, 2018
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Jan. 14, 2019
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4 years
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10,126 USD
$10,126 per semester for non-residents (taking 9 hours per semester). $4,577 per semester for non-residents (taking 9 hours per semester).
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