Computer Science is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing professions worldwide. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics placed Computer Scientists among the fastest growing and highest paid jobs in their occupational projections for 2004-2014. Computer scientists will continue to be an increasingly valuable and expert resource as the effective use of computers remains a critical factor for industry, business, government, research, and education.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science degree promotes research in state-of-the-art computer applications as well as in-depth study of computer science theory. The program blends theory and practice for the development of advanced research work applicable to complex real-world solutions.
Areas of Specialization
This Doctoral level program provides intensive preparation in the concepts and techniques related to the design, programming and application of computing systems, while simultaneously allowing for emphasis in desired areas of specialization through the use of elective coursework. The department currently offers eight areas of specialization at the graduate level:
- Artificial intelligence
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Cognitive Science
- Computer networks
- Database systems
- Parallel and distributed systems
- Programming Theory
- Software Engineering
Computer Science Admission Requirements
Prospective students must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Assistantships Fellowships & Scholarships
The School of Computing and Information Sciences offers Graduate Assistantships to qualified students, which may include tuition waivers and monthly stipends. Interested applicants should submit the Assistantship Application form along with their admissions application.
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.
The Doctorate program will consist of at least 75 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, or at least 39 semester credit hours beyond the M.S. degree, of which at least 24 credit hours correspond to dissertation. PhD candidates must spend at least one year in full-time residency.