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The computer science doctorate program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 32 are for courses and at least 32 are for research and dissertation. Courses, research, and dissertation registrations are as follows:

Students pursuing a computer science doctorate are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of CISD 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. (Students beginning fall 2014 or later will instead take two or more sections of CISD 885, Doctoral Research.) Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Directed Research / Doctoral Research registrations must be in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research / Doctoral Research.

Students must complete 24 credits of dissertation registrations, three registrations of CISD 901. Students who do not complete the dissertation within 24 credits will register for CISD 920 Continuing Dissertation until the dissertation is complete.

CISD 901 Doctoral Dissertation (8 credits)

CISD 920 Continuing Dissertation (4 credits)

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