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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Computer Science Georgia Institute of Technology



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The Computer Science Doctoral Program begins with research and breadth components. The research component helps students place an early focus on research. Students must complete an "Introduction to Graduate Studies" course (CS 7001) and then take at least three credit hours of directed research study (CS 8903) under faculty guidance each semester until their qualifying examination. The breadth component is intended to facilitate students' learning about a variety of areas within computing, as well as core computer science areas. Students must take at least twelve courses from the different areas of study within the College. The current twelve areas are computer architecture, database systems, graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, information security, intelligent systems and robotics, learning sciences and technology, networking and communications, programming languages and compilers, software methodology and engineering, systems (including operating systems, distributed and parallel systems), and theoretical computer science. Students must include courses from the systems and theory areas in those breadth courses.

As students' research progresses, they must select a primary, and possibly secondary, area of focus from the areas listed previously, and then pass a qualifier (comprehensive exam) in that area or areas. The qualifier consists of three parts:

  • A one-day written examination covering the pertinent research area(s)
  • The submission of a high-quality research deliverable, as evidenced by a portfolio consisting of at least an exam committee-reviewed and publishable article, and possibly other work products as approved by the exam committee
  • An oral presentation and examination

After successfully completing the qualifier, a student focuses on research leading toward a dissertation. The topic of the student's research is formalized through a written dissertation proposal followed by an oral presentation. When the student passes his or her proposal, the student is admitted to candidacy and proceeds with dissertation research. This phase is completed with the successful defense and submission of the approved doctoral dissertation. Students are also required to complete a nine-hour minor outside the College.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Computer Science.

Full Time (Maximum 7 years)

Tuition fees

USD $1,215/hr for 1-11 credit hours; USD $14,570 for 12 or more credit hours


17 Aug


College of Computing

801 Atlantic Drive,



30332, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for Georgia Tech's graduate programs should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The minimum score for graduate admission required by Georgia Tech is: IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band score and minimum Component Band scores of: 6.5 Reading, 6.5 Listening, 6.5 Speaking, 5.5 Writing,

  • 577 (paper based), or
  • 90 (Internet based) and minimum section scores of 19

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

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