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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Florida State University



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Computer Science is an exceptionally fast-moving field, where knowledge is subject to rapid obsolescence and ideas progress swiftly from research to practice. The department, therefore, seeks to offer technical instruction that keeps on the cutting edge of new developments, while simultaneously providing each student with a core of intellectual tools that will never become obsolete. The department views skills in communication, mathematics, and algorithmic reasoning as central and the understanding of underlying principles as more important than familiarity with specific technical products. Still, direct hands-on experience is essential to mastering these skills and principles. If students are to be adequately prepared for careers in Computer Science, they should have extensive experience with machines and software that are state-of-the-art.

The Department of Computer Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The department has several active research programs in:

core disciplines such as programming languages, compilers, real-time systems, networks, parallel computation, databases, fault tolerance, and foundations;

scientific and engineering applications areas, including scientific problem-solving environments and large-scale scientific computation and databases;

offensive and defensive security for computers and networks, cryptography; and

other areas including but not limited to: random number generation, software maintenance, cloud computing, big data, mobile programming, neural networks, expert networks and fuzzy sets and systems.

The Doctor of Philosophy is regarded as a research degree and is awarded on the basis of accomplishment in a recognized specialty in computer science. Such accomplishment should include scholarly mastery of the field, significant contributions to new knowledge in the field, and written and oral communication skills appropriate for the field.

The requirements for the PhD include the following: passing CIS 8962, the qualifying examination (portfolio defense), and CIS 8964, preliminary examination (area survey); satisfaction of the course requirements; successfully defending a dissertation prospectus; and successfully defending a dissertation. All candidates for doctoral degrees in the department are required to participate in teaching activities at some time during their graduate careers unless waived by the department chair. Additionally, each doctoral student must complete at least one oral research presentation which is critiqued by at least one faculty member. This can be at the departmental research conference or any discipline-related conference.

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$22,270.00 (16,53,893) per year


06 Jan, 24 Aug


Florida State University

600 W. College Avenue,



32306, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree; or

A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution;

Internet based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80

Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550

International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS): 6.5

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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