The doctoral program in computing and information sciences is designed to produce independent scholars, well-prepared educators, and cutting-edge researchers poised to excel in their work in computing and interdisciplinary academic or industrial environments. The degree highlights two of the most unique characteristics of the Golisano College: its breadth of program offerings and its scholarly focus on discovering solutions to real-world problems by balancing theory and practice.

The program focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of cyberinfrastructure as applied to specific problems across multiple domains. It is a blend of intra-disciplinary computing knowledge areas and inter-disciplinary domain areas.

Cyberinfrastructure

Cyberinfrastructure (CI) is a comprehensive infrastructure integrating hardware, data, networks, and digitally-enabled sensors to provide secure, efficient, reliable, accessible, usable, and interoperable suites of software and middleware services and tools. Our doctorate program plays a leadership role in CI research by providing human-centered tools for the science and engineering communities. These tools and services focus on such areas as high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, cyber-services and virtual environments, and learning and knowledge management.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the doctorate program in computing and information sciences, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree or its recognized equivalent. Since the program encompasses a wide variety of disciplines, students with diverse backgrounds (e.g., engineering, science, humanities, fine arts, business, and disciplines with sufficient computing backgrounds) are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the following minimum coursework requirements: one full year of study in programming and computing concepts; strong mathematical background in subjects such as discrete mathematics and probability and statistics; and aptitude, vision, and experience (if applicable) in computing and information sciences related research.
  • Official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed coursework.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), basic exam score within last 5 years.
  • A statement of purpose, containing, but not limited to, research experiences and interests, motivation to pursue a doctorate, and long-term goals.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two recommendations from individuals who are well qualified to assess the student’s potential for success.
  • Professional or research paper sample(s), if available.


For students whose native language is not English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 88 (Internet-based) is required.



Interview

An interview with one or more of the doctoral program faculty and/or admissions committee may be required for candidates considered for admission prior to final selection. This interview may be conducted via telephone.

Program taught in:
English
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