Program Overview

The CIS Ph.D. program is a research-oriented degree designed to address the growing needs of industries and organizations for engineering professionals with advanced knowledge, technical skills and the ability to conduct high quality applied research in computer and information science. The program offers concentrations in data management, data science, systems and security, and software engineering.

All students admitted for full-time study will receive a competitive financial aid package in the form of an appointment as a graduate student instructor (GSI) or research assistant (GSRA). 

All admissions are for the Fall term only.

The CIS Ph.D. program requires core, concentration, and cognate coursework, curriculum and preliminary examinations, a thesis topic examination, a written dissertation, and an oral defense of the dissertation. The Ph.D. degree will be offered to quality students who have completed, with distinction, either a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in computer science or a closely related field.

If you have additional questions, please contact the program chair: Dr. Brahim Medjahed.

The specific learning goals of the CIS Ph.D. degree program are:

  • An ability to use the necessary analytical skills to develop creative solutions for complex computer and information science problems
  • An ability to conduct high-quality original basic and translational research in areas of computer and information science
  • An ability to assume the varied responsibilities and opportunities of research careers in areas of computer and information science