A summary of the Ph.D. requirements, along with the expected timeline is given in the table below:
|Expected Progress in the Ph.D. Program|
|Semester||Breadth Requirement||Depth Requirement||Research and Dissertation|
|1||Take two courses from each of category A and B||Complete an independent study by the end of 4th semester (min. 3 credits)||Work on completing the 12 credits for CS courses satisfying the depth requirement||Student is expected to find a research area and a research advisor preferably by 2nd semester and no later than the 4th semester|
|5||Expected to complete breadth requirement by the end of the 6th semester|
|Summary||Finish 48 credits of course work, covering breadth and depth requirements (including at least 3 credits of independent study) and 21 credits of any course that can be taken for CS graduate credit.||Finish 24 research credits|
During the course of the Ph.D. studies, students are expected to register for 72 credits, distributed as follows:
- Independent study of at least 3 credits (60X) by the end of the 4th semester.
- Two courses from our list of courses that can be used to satisfy our breadth requirement (no double-dipping with breadth requirement, i.e. a course cannot be used to count for the breadth and depth requirement): 6 credits in total.
- Six additional credits from courses that can be taken for graduate credit for computer science. This includes courses that can be used to satisfy our breadth requirement, seminars (67X), cross listed graduate courses with other departments, undergraduate courses that can be taken for graduate credit, and independent studies (60X).
- The depth requirement needs 15 credits.
- The qualifying exam is part of the depth requirement. You and your research advisor schedule the qualifying exam.
- The research credit requirement needs 24 credits.
- By the end of your fourth year or within one year of passing the depth requirement, whichever is later, you must have formed your dissertation committee and have your proposal approved.
- The dissertation committee consists of a) the advisor of record (a full member of the CS graduate faculty), b) two other inside members (full or associate members of the CS graduate Faculty), and c) the outside member, meeting School of Graduate Studies requirements and approved by the Graduate Program Director in Computer Science.
- Once the committee has been formed and recorded, it can be changed only by the mutual agreement of the student, current committee members, proposed (replacement) committee members, and the Graduate Program Director.
- You have to prepare a two to five page proposal document. The proposal should summarize the findings, results and planned work for the dissertation, and describe the relationships among your published and/or submitted papers. Your proposal must be approved by your dissertation committee.
- You will need to complete a form to list the names of your committee members along with your title and abstract. Your advisor must sign off that he or she approves. Such form can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator.