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 (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 complete breadth requirement by the 5th semester|
|Summary||Finish 48 credits of course work covering the breadth and depth requirements and including at least 3 credits of independent study.||Finish 24 research credits|
During the course of the Ph.D. studies, the students are expected to register for 72 credits, distributed as follows:
- 12 credits for course satisfying the breadth requirement. These courses must be taken at Rutgers, and the student should earn an average GPA of 3.5 for the requirement to be fulfilled.
- 12 credits for CS courses satisfying the depth requirement, i.e., CS courses.
- 24 credits of research. Research credits (701, 702) can only be taken after satisfying the depth requirement.
- 3 credits of independent study (to be fulfilled by the end of the fourth semester).
- The remaining 21 credits must be taken among other graduate-level courses and/or undergraduate courses that can be taken for graduate credit, or additional independent study.
In addition, to obtain a Ph.D. degree, the grade for these courses and any surplus courses which the student may have taken must average B or better. (To satisfy the breadth requirement, students must have a GPA of 3.5 over the courses counting for the requirement as mentioned above.) Students can be separated from the program if they receive more than one F or more than 4 grades below B. A student cannot graduate if the transcript contains more than two incompletes of either kind (For regulations concerning incompletes, see section 3.6).