Program of Study:
- The Program of Study provides a roadmap for the student’s education and serves as a planning document for the courses they are going to be taking as part of their PhD program.
- Each student’s program of study is individually tailored to his or her educational background, research interests, and career goals. Programs of study include course work in three core areas of computational science: 1) an engineering or science application area, 2) computer science and scientific supercomputing, and 3) mathematics of computation. The program of study is completed by the student in consultation with their research advisor. A Program of Study needs to be on file with the Graduate School within the first year of your admission to the program.
- Complete and submit the Program of Study Form. In case additional (more than 13) courses need to be listed, please use the Continuation Form. Do not list additional courses under the Transfer Courses section. Instructions to fill out the Program of Study are available here.
- A total of 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree is required.
- A minimum of 24 semester hours are required in Doctoral Research and Dissertation.
- 6 semester hours in Computer Science must be selected from:
||Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms
||Introduction to Parallel Algorithms
||Principles of Data Analytics
||Introduction to Machine Learning
- 6 semester hours in Mathematics must be selected from:
||Introduction to Probability and Statistics
||Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
||Numerical Analysis I
||Numerical Analysis II
Admission to Candidacy:
- The preliminary exam is usually taken at the completion of all coursework. However, it can also be taken with up to six hours of coursework (as listed in the program of study) remaining, provided that adequate coursework covering each of the core areas has been completed. The preliminary exams are taken in the semester following the completion of the required coursework and include a written and an oral component. Both of these components should be completed within a two-week period. The preliminary exams will cover four topic areas:
- Computer Science
- Subject Area 1
- Subject Area 2
- The Subject Areas are discipline specific and are most relevant to the student’s research topic
- The student must successfully pass the written and oral portions of the comprehensive exam to be admitted as a PhD candidate
- The student will have two attempts to pass the comprehensive exams. If they fail to do so, they will be dismissed from the program
- Complete and submit the Committee Appointment Form
- The student’s advisor and dissertation committee may require a dissertation proposal to be presented and defended
Dissertation Defense Checklist:
Steps to Apply for Graduation:
To apply for graduation, do so online through your MyMocsNet account and submit a Graduation Audit for Degrees and Certificates form to the Graduate School. Check the Graduate School Calendar for candidacy submission deadlines.
- Before submitting your candidacy form, be sure that you have submitted your program of study.
- Students applying for graduation must apply online.
- The Application for Graduation is in MyMocsNet on the Academics Tab
Applications must be submitted online by the following dates:
Late applications may be submitted after the deadline. A $50 late fee will be assessed. No late applications will be accepted after the following dates:
More information on the graduation ceremony is available on the University Registrar website.