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Computer and Cyber Sciences

A doctoral degree in computer and cyber sciences prepares you for a variety of research or advanced development positions in the fields of computing and cyber sciences.

With this degree, you’ll be prepared for top positions in academia, research-based companies, government agencies and technology-based start-ups.

By choosing to earn your Doctorate of Computer and Cyber Sciences from Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, you’ll be joining a program experiencing unprecedented growth in a city that’s become a hub for talent and opportunity within the computer and cyber sciences industry.

Computer and Cyber Sciences is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge

 

Cyber

like no

other.

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Computer & Cyber Sciences

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What You'll Study

Coursework

Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Computer and Cyber Sciences program will complete 72 credit hours, with a minimum of 36 hours of coursework and a minimum of 36 hours of dissertation research. Throughout the program, which is designed to be completed in four to five years, students will be exposed to foundational and applied aspects of computing and cyber sciences as well as faculty research projects.

To complete the program, students are required to complete course requirements, pass a research proficiency examination, defend a thesis proposal, and have an approved dissertation. 

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Because the home of Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences is the Georgia Cyber Center, the 332,000-square-foot facility that’s also home to a variety of public and private cybersecurity and computer science ventures, students in the doctoral program have the opportunity to interact with researchers and industry professionals in the same facility they attend class.

The Georgia Cyber Center includes incubator/accelerator space for entrepreneurial cyber security companies, research labs, a 340-seat auditorium for public and private events and one of the nation’s few state-owned cyber ranges.

The city of Augusta is home to several high profile cyber organizations, providing excellent networking and professional development opportunities.

Rapid Growth

Since its establishment in 2017, the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences has doubled its enrollment, tripled the size of its faculty and added new academic degrees.

Ideal Location

Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences is located in close proximity to the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, the National Security Agency, Savanah River National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Cyber Command.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences is located at the Georgia Cyber Center, providing students access to research labs, a cyber range and a host of research opportunities.

Research Opportunities

Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with and be supported by faculty in research projects from a variety of sponsors, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Defense.

Your Future

Career Options

With a doctorate in computer and cyber sciences, you’ll be prepared for positions in research-based companies, universities, government agencies and technology-based companies.

Large companies frequently start those with doctorates at higher-level positions. According to a recent study, 16% of positions at Google require a doctorate, while 10% of employees at tech disrupter companies like Airbnb, Facebook and Uber hold doctoral degrees.

The national average for PhDs in Computer Science is around $133,000. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 12% growth in computer and information technology occupations from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Profiles

Student Stories

Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from two individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a one page personal statement within the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

Tuition & Fees Estimate

$2,821*

Estimated total
Full-time / In-State / Per Semester

$236

Tuition Per Hour

$675

Mandatory Fees

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*Tuition & Fees listed here are for in-state students enrolling in the university for Fall 2024 semester.

Detailed Program Tuition Information

Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Spring '25 Application Deadline

  • November 15, 2024
  • Domestic Applicants

Spring '25 Application Deadline

  • August 1, 2024
  • International Applicants

Summer '25 Application Deadline

  • May 1, 2025
  • Domestic Applicants

Summer '25 Application Deadline

  • Februrary 1, 2025
  • International Applicants

Fall '25 Application Deadline

  • June 15, 2025
  • Domestic Applicants

Fall '25 Application Deadline

  • March 1, 2025
  • International Applicants

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

A doctoral program that emphasizes small class sizes and pairs students with accomplished faculty means you’re getting unique opportunities to learn and participate in research.

With the program located at the state-of-the-art Georgia Cyber Center, you’re not only learning in a world-class facility, you’re learning side-by-side with those already making a difference in the industry.

As one of Georgia’s four research universities, Augusta University is an acknowledged leader in research and scholarship, and as part of the fast growing School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, your degree will stand out.

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The Future Starts Here

The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences provide high-engagement, state-of-the-art technology education and research across computer science, information technology and cybersecurity disciplines.