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Doctor of Science in Computer Science


During the week prior to the beginning of a student's first semester, new doctoral students will have the opportunity to meet with the advisor, doctoral program director, and department chair. During this orientation session, the concentration area liaison or the program director will be assigned as the student's provisional mentor. The mentor will act as the student's temporary advisor for the first and second semesters within the program. Students should meet with their provisional mentors as soon as possible to receive instruction in selecting and registering for courses. Students should consult regularly with their provisional mentors during their first semester concerning progress with coursework. By the end of the first semester of study, students should select their doctoral advisors from faculty within the Department of Computer Science.

The department organizes a computer science seminar series each semester and all D.Sc students are required to attend.

(Click here For a Sample Schedule of the Doctoral Program.)

Doctoral Advisor

The selection of a doctoral advisor is one of the most important choices students will make during their time in our program. A doctoral advisor should be chosen with the intent of not only matching research interests, but also with an eye toward finding an individual with whom the student feels comfortable entrusting his/her educational future. Once a doctoral advisor is selected, students should complete the "Selection of Doctoral Advisor" form no later than the end of the second year. The form should be signed by both the doctoral advisor and the doctoral program coordinator for inclusion in the student's file.

Dissertation Committee

You should select and meet with your dissertation committee prior to the completion of the third semester. The role of this committee is to advise and help direct your academic and research programs. The dissertation committee will be composed of a minimum of five (5) members (no more than seven (7)), including the committee chair, who will be the student's doctoral advisor. The chair and three of the members must be BSU computer science faculty members as previously described. External committee members must be approved and offer a needed expertise. The doctoral program committee must approve the dissertation committee constituency.

The dissertation subject is selected by the student, with input from the dissertation committee, at least two years prior to the oral defense. It must be a scholarly contribution to a major field of computer science in the student's concentration area, consisting of new important knowledge or a major modification, amplification, or interpretation of existing significant knowledge. The written dissertation format must follow the BSU Dissertation and Thesis Guide, which can be obtained from the Department of Computer Science or online.

In the first meeting with the dissertation committee, the student should provide appropriate background material on his/her education to aid committee members in advising the student on course work. The student should also brief the committee on his/her research interest and any thoughts on the thesis/dissertation. Obtaining committee consent is essential toward ensuring future success. Subsequently, the student should meet with the committee at least once a semester. The dissertation advisor will conduct the semester meetings. Regular meetings will ensure that progress is made in accordance with the committee's expectations.

Program of study

The preliminary program of study should reviewed by the advisory committee for the course work to be completed. The program of study must receive signed approval by the advisory committee and the Department Chair. The DPC and the Department Chair must approve any subsequent alterations in the program of study.
(Click here For a Doctoral Program of Study Form)

Transfer of Credit

Transferability of credit is determined by the student's advisor based upon the applicability of the courses selected for dissertation work and the student's educational goals.

(Click here For a Transfer of Credit form.)

For more information about the doctoral program, contact Dr. Darsana Josyula (djosyula[at]

Computer Science Building Suite 207
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: (301)860-3960 Fax: (301)860-3979

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