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Doctor of Science in Computer Science

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline, such as computer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 credit hours is preferred. An applicant is expected to possess the prerequisites for the intended area of study. If a deficiency exists, the necessary course work must be completed prior to the advancement to candidacy.

Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis. The conditional student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in at least nine (9) computer science graduate credits in the first year of study to be fully admitted.

In the week prior to the start of classes, an incoming student will meet with his/her assigned advisor to discuss the program of study. The student's program of study will be based on the chosen area of interest. A student is required to take all prerequisite courses within the first year. The prerequisite courses are not part of the program's credits and will not count toward graduation.

International students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education must achieve a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer-based version or 75% on the internet based version. In order to qualify for a teaching assistantship, students whose native language is not English must score a 5.0 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

International students who have questions about visas or other concerns should contact Mr. Robert Batten, International Student Advisor, in Thurgood Marshall Library, Room 1122, phone: (301) 860-3830, email: rbatten[at]

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Science program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 60 graduate level credits (not including the dissertation) chosen from the list of courses for the doctoral program must be completed. Students who do not have a computer science background must overcome all of the deficiencies noted by the Doctoral Program Committee (DPC). Students are required to earn 15 credits (5 courses) in core Computer Science topics, 45 credits (15 courses) from four knowledge areas, (where the 500-level courses cannot exceed 9 credits and those courses should include at least 9 credits of 800-level courses), and 12 credits from the dissertation area 900-level courses. Up to 30 credits from approved institutions may be counted towards the doctoral degree for those students who have completed a Master's degree in Computer Science or a related area. The student's program of study must be developed in conjunction with his/her doctoral advisor/mentor and advisory committee.

The research must be substantial and must extend the state of the art in the student's chosen field through theoretical development, design or process improvement, or experimental technique.

Each student must satisfactorily complete the qualifying examination and the comprehensive examination.

Summary of Doctor of Science Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 60 credit hours beyond BS degree
  • Minimum of 15 credits hours graded course work from core topics
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours of research-dissertation work
  • Participation/Registration in Computer Science Seminar is required every semester
  • Dissertation and Advisory Committee (Minimum 5 - Maximum 7 members)
  • Qualifying Candidacy Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Proposal Oral Examination
  • Dissertation Defense Examination

Summary of Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of any writing and seminar requirements
  • Completion of an approved program of study with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Passed qualifying and comprehensive examinations
  • Present an acceptable dissertation proposal to the Dissertation Committee
  • Successful oral defense and completion of the dissertation
  • Sample Schedule

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