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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science Florida Institute of Technology




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The doctoral program is designed to provide the highest level of academic scholarship and research in the disciplines of computer science. The goal is to produce qualified professionals for research and teaching positions in the academic world, as well as equivalent positions in industry and government.

The doctoral program in computer science is designed to attract students who have the greatest potential for expanding the frontiers of knowledge and transferring this knowledge to others. The program requires a significant breadth of understanding in the fundamentals of computer science, the mastery of several specialized subjects and the creativity to extend the body of knowledge on a particular subject through significant original research.

Students decide to attend Florida Tech for a computer science education for a variety of reasons. It begins with having a reputation as a top science and engineering school that offers a challenging curriculum based on the latest topics in the field. Add to that a world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, a location near Central Florida’s high tech corridor (with thousands of high tech companies) and hands-on internships and research opportunities and there is no better place than Florida Tech for a Ph.D. in computer science.


With a Ph.D. in computer science, graduates have the expertise and leadership skills they need to continue their career or find new opportunities in the fast-paced and diverse technology arena. Jobs are available in nearly every segment of the economy from industry and product development to medical services and the cars we drive.

Florida Tech graduates have begun their careers with companies such as Electronic Arts, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, GE and Zynga. Doctoral students also find life-long positions in research and development, contributing to the industry with data about the use and design of technology as well as creating new products, innovative software and cutting-edge applications. According to the United State Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in computer science are expected to grow 19 percent through 2020, and a Ph.D. in computer science may provide life-long salary benefits.

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

Full Time (At least 72 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 42 hours beyond an applicable master’s degree)

Tuition fees

USD $1,241 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W University Blvd,



32901, United States

Entry requirement for international students

To qualify for admission to the doctoral program in computer science, a candidate must demonstrate the potential for success in this program. A student may do so by one of the following means:

Successful completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer science from an accredited institution, with a GPA of at least 3.5.
Successful completion of a master of science degree in computer science or a related field from another accredited institution, with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Also required are three letters from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and research ability recommending doctoral study. Applicants are strongly encouraged to be aware of the research interests of faculty in the department. Scores from the GRE General Test are required, and the Subject Test in Computer Science is recommended.

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0, a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58, a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C), an official Florida Tech TOEFL (paper based) with an earned score of at least 550.

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