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Advisory Committee

The Ph.D. advisory committee is the same as the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree except that it must have a minimum of four members, a majority from the department and at least one from another department. This is a STEM program.

Degree Plan

The degree plan should be completed by the student in consultation with the chair and the advisory committee. Requirements for the Ph.D. in computer science degree include:

  • At least 30 credit hours of graded graduate coursework (excluding 681, 684, 685 and 691).
  • Three breadth CSCE courses, one selected from each of these sets: Theory (627, 629), Systems (605, 611, 613, 614 and 678) and Software (604, 606, 655). These must be passed with a grade of a B or better. These count toward the requirement of 30 hours of graded graduate coursework.
  • At most, six credit hours of approved non-CSCE graded graduate coursework (excluding 681, 684, 685, 691). This counts towards the requirement of 30 hours of graded graduate coursework.
  • One to two credit hours of CSCE 681 (Graduate Seminar).
  • At least 18 credit hours of CSCE 691 (Research). Normally the number of CSCE 691 hours will be increased to meet the required total number of credit hours.
  • A total of at least 96 credit hours (or at least 64 credit hours if the student has a prior approved and related master’s degree).

Courses That Cannot Be Used on Any Degree Plan:

  • In CSCE, we do not allow 601, 602, 603, 705, 706, 707, 708, 709.
  • In ECEN, we do not allow 714, 749.
  • In STAT, we do not allow 624, and 654.
  • Any course that contains material required of our undergraduate CS or CE majors.

Other Degree Plan Information:

  • Students who have taken 420 cannot use 625 on their degree plan.
  • Students who have taken 410 cannot use 611 on their degree plan. If a student receives an A in 410, they satisfy the Systems breadth requirement for the CPSC degrees.
  • Students who have taken 431 cannot use 606 on their degree plan. A student who receives an A in 431 satisfies the Software breadth requirement for the CPSC degrees.
  • For stacked courses, students who received credit for the undergraduate course cannot use the graduate course on their degree plan. Examples include 433/627 and 435/735.
  • Students can receive credit for both courses in an undergrad/grad course pair under Fast Track.
  • A student who receives an A in 411 satisfies the Theory breadth requirement.

CSCE 684 Hours:

  • Any international student, who wishes to go on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), must have one credit hour for each semester they are on the internship of CSCE 684 on their degree plan. Any CSCE 684 hours are in addition to the required total credit hours of the degree plan.
  • If you are an international student, we recommend you place at least one credit hour of CSCE 684 on your degree plan when you submit it. This way if you receive an internship offer, you will not be rushing to have 684 added to your degree plan.
  • Domestic students do not need to register when they are on an internship. However, if they are gone for a year without registering, they must apply for a leave-of-absence. Otherwise, they will need to reapply for admission.

For additional information and clarification, please see the graduate catalog and the department’s graduate program webpages.