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D.Sc Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Science program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 60 graduate level credits (not including the dissertation) chosen from the list of courses for the doctoral program must be completed. Students who do not have a computer science background must meet all of the prerequisites identified by the Doctoral Program Committee. Fifteen credits of core courses are required - with a GPA of 3.25. A minimum of thirty-six (36) credit hours of graded course-work is required from at least three knowledge areas of which at least 27 credits should be in 600-800 level distributed at all three levels. A minimum of 9 credit hours is required from advanced research concentration areas. Up to 30 credits from approved institutions may be counted toward the doctoral degree for those students who have completed a Master's degree in Computer Science or a related area. The student's program of study must be developed in conjunction with his/her doctoral advisor/mentor and advisory committee.

A minimum of twelve credit hours of dissertation work/research is required. The research must be substantial and must extend the state of the art in the student's chosen field through theoretical development, design or process improvement, or experimental technique.

Each student must satisfactorily complete the qualifying examination and the comprehensive examination.

Summary of Doctor of Science Degree Requirements

  1. Minimum of 72 credit hours beyond BS degree
  2. Minimum of 15 credits hours graded course work from core topics
  3. Minimum of 36 credit hours graded course work (of which 27 credits in 600 - 800 levels)
  4. Minimum of 9 Credits in Advanced Research Concentration areas (courses 890-899)
  5. Minimum of 12 credit hours of research-dissertation work
  6. Participation/Registration in Computer Science Seminar is required every semester
  7. Dissertation and Advisory Committee (Minimum 5 – Maximum 7 members)
  8. Qualifying Candidacy Examination
  9. Comprehensive Examination
  10. Dissertation Proposal Oral Examination
  11. Dissertation Defense Examination