Ph.D. Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree (or Philosophical Doctorate) is the highest degree awarded by any university. The degree does involve coursework beyond the M.S./M.Eng. level. But the Ph.D. is primarily a research/thesis driven degree. As such, it is critical for incoming students to begin their research as soon as possible by choosing a Ph.D. thesis advisor and a thesis topic. The Ph.D. work culminates in a published thesis and a public thesis defense. Typically, students also write several archival journal publications from the thesis work.

For specific details on courses to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, please visit the graduate catalog.