The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer and Cyber Sciences is designed to prepare students for a career in research and advanced development. Students will obtain the necessary skills to create new knowledge in their chosen area of computer and cyber sciences. As a Computer and Cyber Sciences doctoral student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a unique training and research ecosystem, combining core areas of computer and cyber sciences. The doctoral program emphasizes small class sizes and pairs students with our outstanding faculty to increase knowledge and skills through mentorships and participation in ongoing research programs.
Some of the research topics interested graduate students can collaborate with our faculty on include distributed, parallel and quantum computing, security and privacy, formal methods, software engineering, programming languages, cyber-physical, IoT and edge systems, algorithms, artificial intelligence/machine learning, virtual reality, information systems and more.
Why Pursue a Computer and Cyber Sciences Ph.D.?
Students graduating with doctoral degrees in computer and cyber sciences will have distinct advantages. Doctoral degrees are increasingly included in minimum hiring requirements for technical leadership and research positions at high-tech companies and technology-oriented government agencies. The disciplines of computer science and cybersecurity continue growing in their strategic importance in our information age. Each segment of our society, from education to industry and military, is becoming a sophisticated component of the overall digital enterprise. A doctoral degree in computing disciplines opens many new avenues of employment in any of these segments of society.
International applicants: July 1
Domestic applicants: November 1
"This program builds on the research strengths created in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences since the school's creation in 2017. There is a tremendous research momentum in the school and new Ph.D. students will become an integral part of it right from the beginning."
- Dr. Gagan Agrawal Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Prospective Computer and Cyber Sciences Ph.D. students will be admitted based on the following criteria:
- Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium university, in a country in which English is a native language.
- Official TOEFL scores.
Prospective students must submit the following items for admissions consideration:
*GRE scores will be optional for Fall 2021 applicants, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The absence of the GRE score will not impact applicants negatively.
Tuition waivers and an academic year's stipend will be provided for well-qualified prospective students.
Students meeting only some of these conditions may be conditionally accepted upon successful completion of coursework.