The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science (CISD) entails eight core courses followed by research courses leading to the dissertation (a minimum of 64 credit-hours). In addition, students conduct two defenses: of their formal proposal outlining their proposed research (during early research), and of their final dissertation.
CISD’s cluster format combines traditional and online instruction to provide professionals the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is especially well suited to those in industry, education, or government who are involved with one of the many areas of computer science and information technology. It provides to research-oriented professionals knowledgeable in the major areas of computer science, the tools and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems.