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.

The graduate from the Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering program will:

  • use advanced mathematical proof methodologies in computer science and engineering.
  • demonstrate a strong and in depth background in hardware and software issues in computer science.
  • posses a strong background in implementing software systems and/or hardware systems.
  • posses a strong background in designing diverse and integrated software/ hardware systems solutions.
  • critically analyze problems and thoroughly evaluate potential benefits of alternative solution in designing software and/or hardware systems.

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

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 $990 per credit hour

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

Start date

26 August 2019


School of Engineering

221 University Avenue,



06604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree earned or a minimum of 90 credits completed; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher within the best 90 credits.

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.

Those whose native language is not English are also required to show English language proficiency. You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below: A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (postgraduates); A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates); An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112; An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5; A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 77 or above for graduates; A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above; Minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (postgraduates).

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About this uni

The main campus stretches over 50 acres, overlooks the Long Island Sound and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bridgeport is located close to Boston and New York City
  • 3rd in the region for percentage of international students
  • 17th highest in the region for most diverse student body
  • Small class sizes with 16:1 student-faculty ratio