Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science

About the Program

University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is a leader in providing quality graduate programs in an environment integrated with research, engineering practice and continuing professional education. The Ph.D. program addresses the growing need for meaningful research in computer and information science as well as computational professionals with advanced knowledge and technical skills. 

This Ph.D. program of the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is located, administered, and offered by UM-Dearborn. The program observes the standards for admissions, registration, degree requirements, awarding of degrees, and other administrative policies and regulations established by the Executive Board of the Rackham Graduate School. 

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in CIS is a full-time, research-based degree designed to address the growing needs of society for scientific and engineering professionals with advanced knowledge, technical skills and abilities to conduct original and high-quality translational research in Computer and Information Science.

Students are admitted for full-time study and all admission offers are for the Fall and Winter terms only. 

Program Policies

In addition to the Rackham Graduate School policies for doctoral students, as a doctoral student in CIS, you need to know the requirements, timeline, and processes for Pre-candidacy years 1 and 2, the Qualifying Exam at the end of year 2, Proposal Exam, and eventually your Dissertation Defense. See the Path to Degree section below.

Also, an Annual Progress Report completed by you and your faculty advisor must be submitted for review to the CIS Ph.D. Committee in May of each year. 

The CIS Ph.D. Committee and your Faculty Advisor are the main resources for information and guidance throughout your program. The CIS Committee is chaired by Dr. Jinhua Guo and includes Drs. Anys Bacha, and Zheng Song


The Ph.D. CIS program offers concentrations in data management, data science, systems and security, and software engineering. Each student must select one of the four research concentration areas. Each student develops a personalized Plan of Study at the beginning of the program. Each year the Plan of Study and student's progress is reviewed with the faculty advisor. 

Program Contacts

Jinhua Guo

Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science

Kimberly LaPere

Student Administrative Assistant Senior (Graduate Program Coordinator), Computer and Information Science

Computer and Information Science

105 - Computer and Information Science Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-436-9145
Fax: 313-593-4256

Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed