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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. degree is a certification of critical aptitude in scholarship, imagination, knowledge in the discipline, enterprise in research, and proficiency and style in communication.

A candidate obtaining a Ph.D. degree must display a thorough understanding in the major areas of computer science and engineering and must master the necessary tools and techniques so as to be able to make original contributions to the field of computer science and engineering. An equally important aspect is that of proficiency in oral and written communication skills.

The requirements of the Ph.D. program are: successful completion of preliminary examinations and courses, satisfactory performance in written comprehensive and oral examinations, admission to Ph.D. candidacy, successful completion and defense of original work documented as a dissertation, and the satisfaction of additional requirements such as teaching and seminars.

The formal degree to be offered is the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering. This will be awarded to candidates who complete all the requirements of the Ph.D. degree described later in this section.

Research Areas Available for Ph.D. Students

  • Computer architecture and VLSI and FPGA
  • Design, modeling and simulation of embedded and integrated systems
  • Electromechanical systems prototyping and optimization
  • Robotics, automation, machine perception and sensing
  • Software engineering, Web development and computational sciences
  • Systems and computer security and biometrics
  • Wireless and mobile computing and networking
  • Mobile Communications, Cloud computing, Internet of things and networking.

The formal degree offered is the “Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering.” This will be awarded to candidates who complete all the requirements of the Ph.D. degree.

Academic Requirements

  • Time and Load Guidelines
  • Course Work
  • Course Grade Point Average
  • Seminar Requirement
  • Core Courses
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Committee
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Residency Requirement
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense Examination

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (At least 30 credit hours of course work, not including the dissertation, beyond the MSc. degree)

Tuition fees
USD $1,015 per credit hour

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

Application deadline

1 December 2020, 15 July 2021

Start date

19 January 2021, 23 August 2021


School of Engineering

221 University Avenue,



6604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants who have not yet received their Bachelor’s degree certificate/diploma.

For international students

Student must have: Master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in computer science, or engineering or a related STEM field from an accredited university or recognized international institution; Recommended cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways listed below. If you cannot demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may be able to begin academic classes.

  • Proof of completion of Advanced Level at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI)
  • Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates)
  • A minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates)
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 58 for graduates (post-graduates)
  • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 95 for graduates
  • A grade of “C” or better from an accredited American university for one semester of college English Composition
  • An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Services) Level 112
  • An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English
  • An EIKEN score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates
  • A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program
  • WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. – Score of “C” or better on English Language exam

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Located just one hour from New York City, the university is set amongst 400 acres of parkland along the coast of the Long Island Sound.

  • Bridgeport is located close to Boston and New York City
  • Ranked the 39th most diverse university in the U.S.
  • Offers academic merit scholarships to international students
  • Small class sizes with a 16:1 student-faculty ratio