The program of study should be designed to provide appropriate depth and support for the student's area of interest (specialization) and to prepare the student for research in his/her chosen area. The program of study is proposed by the student after consultation with his/her major and minor professors and must be approved by his/her Graduate Committee and the Graduate Coordinator.
For the Ph.D. Direct Admit option, the program of study requires 63 graduate credit hours:
Any required courses in the Core classes previously completed by a student may be applied for completion and replaced with another free course of the student’s and committee’s choosing; some courses may be transferred in or shared in accordance to University guidelines. Students cannot have more 6xxx level credits then 8xxx credits on their final program of study and majority of credits must have course code CSE. See the Graduate Handbook for additional course policies.
The CS Core ensures students are prepared for graduate study and have a background in computer theory suitable for a graduate in computer science.
Classes designated as theory by the faculty can in advance can be used to substitute for the theory requirement on a case-by-case basis.
The depth requirement allow students to chose where to focus their studies; depth courses (listed below) delve deeper into research areas of the department. All courses in the depth requirement (15 hours for Direct admit students) must be from the same area.
The breadth requirement allows students to gain a broader understanding of the computing discipline. These are additional courses (9 credit hours for Direct admit students) outside of their depth area; no two courses can be in the same area.
The department has pre-identified courses and their research areas for choosing depth and breadth courses. If a course is listed in multiple areas, it can count only once on a program of study. The student’s Graduate Committee has final approval of all applicable courses. Currently approved research area courses are listed below; others may be used given a committee's approval including some non-CSE courses.
Thesis students have 12 additional credit hours of graduate coursework of their choosing that are not tied to Core or Specializations. The only restrictions is that CSE 8000 Master's Research and CSE 8080 Directed Project courses cannot be applied.
Graduate students must complete at minimum 20 credit hours of dissertation research, indicated by CSE 9000 sections under the direction the major professor or dissertation director. CSE 8000 Thesis Research hours cannot count towards this total. Dissertation hours are generally taken after the Preliminary exam has been passed.