The Doctor of Philosophy program in Computer Science develops scholars capable of leading research teams, performing demanding industrial research, or advanced computer science pedagogy. Direct admit with a B.S. and programs for students with a previous M.S. are both available. This program is primarily targeted for Starkville campus students.
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**Under normal circumstances, admissions requires a GRE score, but due to COVID-19, the BCoE has waived this requirement through Fall 2021.**
A student who wishes to study Graduate Computer Science must have the ability to develop and analyze software for their study. Understanding the interface between computer hardware and software is also required, as is some mathematical fluency. Students must demonstrate their potential for success in the program via strong previous academic work, a competitive GRE score, and demonstrated English proficiency as appropriate. Finally, a student must possess those qualifications and research interests that indicate to the Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Studies Committee that the applicant will be successful in the computer science doctoral program. Details for these requirements are provided here.
Admission and financial assistantships are separate decisions. For information on teaching & research assistantships, fellowships, and other scholarships, please refer here.
The Ph.D. CS degree is a 63 credit program designed to be completed in 4 years for traditional students. Students with a previous M.S. must only complete 32 hours of post Master's coursework. Working with a major professor and guiding committee, students will select appropriate core, specialization, and elective courses and develop a research program. Preparedness for research work will be measured via examinations, and finally defended before a body of peers in the dissertation defense.
Our program has two options:
Regardless of the program of study, certain policies apply to all coureswork chosen. Please refer to our Graduate Handbook for these additional policies.
There are three examinations held during the course of PhD study, each with their own purpose:
The specific timelines, format, and guidelines for each exam is provided elsewhere.
The development and execution of a dissertation is the major milestone of Ph.D. study, and student's should work with their dissertation director and guiding committee in tandem to forward their studies. These guidelines supplement, but do not supersede, those provided by the Graduate School; see their guidelines for additional details such as the deadlines, exam process, submission steps, format for the dissertation, and so on.
The primary milestones for the dissertation are as follows:
The Library provides guidelines for the format of theses. Dr. Ramkumar provides a LaTeX template for those wishing to use it, under the disclaimer that Library guidelines are the primary source of formatting and must be consulted at all times.