Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Pre-Fall 2017
Program Admission Deadlines:
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: No admit
International Students inside the U.S.:
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: No admit
International Students Outside the U.S.:
Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: No admit
Minimum Total Hours: 72 post-bachelors
Program Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 14.0901
Dept. Code: ESB
Program (Major/College): CSE EN
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate's highest level of scholarly competence and demonstrated capability to independently conduct and report significant research in computer science and engineering. This achievement requires more than an accumulation of course credits over a stated period of residence. Scholarly competence is achieved through systematic study and investigation in the chosen discipline at an advanced level. The major professor and at least two committee members will be from the Computer Science and Engineering department. Research capability is developed during the course of study and is achieved through the completion of significant and independent research. The results of this research must be formally presented in a written dissertation and successfully defended before an examining committee. The dissertation must demonstrate the significance of the research as well as the candidate's ability to organize and present her/his results in a professional manner.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.
Major Research Areas:
An excellent selection of courses and laboratories support graduate studies in algorithms, artificial intelligence,
machine learning, data mining, computer architecture, graphics, networks, computer vision, distributed systems,
embedded systems, expert systems, formal verification, image processing, pattern recognition, robotics, databases,
software engineering, computer security, compilers, programming languages, VLSI design, and CAD.
Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements
Program Admission Requirements
- The GRE is required for all Ph.D. applicants. The median GRE scores of recently admitted
students include 770 on the Quantitative portion and a Verbal Total of 450.For GRE
tests taken after August 1, we require a minimum of 161 on the Quantitative portion
(81 percentile) and a minimum of 150 (44 percentile) on the Verbal.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of B average (or equivalent) for all coursework
completed during the last two years of undergraduate program.
- Submission of TOEFL scores with an Internet‐based score of 79 or higher for applicants
from non‐English speaking countries. If consideration of an assistantship is desired,
the speaking score component of the TOEFL must be 26 or above.
- The TOEFL requirements may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
- Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, (Old Scores) or 153 with the New GRE scoring.
- Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning.
- Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English, (must be noted on the transcript).
- Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System, (IELTS).
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
- The applicant must also have mathematical preparation equivalent to that obtained from courses in Calculus through Differential Equations; knowledge of computer science and computer engineering, including logic design, computer architecture, data structures, operating systems, and analysis of algorithms. Students are assumed to have good programming skills. The majority of students accepted to the program possess an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics; however, students who hold an undergraduate degree in a related field are encouraged to apply.
DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The requirements for obtaining the doctoral degree can be met by fulfilling the minimum requirements below. These requirements and the various committees appointed to oversee the completion of these requirements are explained in detail below:
- Completion of the requisite coursework and the successful completion of qualifying examinations in Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Theory of Algorithms within one year of enrollment
- Completion of a Major Research‐Area paper within one year after qualifier examinations are passed.
- Completion of a doctoral dissertation representing significant, original research.
Total Program hours 72 minimum (post‐baccalaureate)
A minimum of 72 semester hours including dissertation hours beyond the baccalaureate
degree are required of all Ph.D.
Coursework – 33 credit hours
Independent Study/Dir Research – 15 hours
Dissertation – 20 credit hours
Additional – 4 credit hours (courses or dissertation)
Core Requirements – 9 credit hours
All PhD Students are required to successfully complete: COT 6405 Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms – 9
Required Coursework – 48 hours (includes 9 hours of Core Requirements)
The distribution of these hours is as follows:
- At least 33 credit hours in coursework excluding independent study and directed research. The exact distribution of these hours in the Computer Science and Engineering discipline will be determined by the student and the supervisory committee to provide the student with a stimulating educational experience.
- Up to 15 credit hours of independent study/directed research.
- CIS 6900 Independent Study 1‐15
- CIS 7910 Directed Research 1‐15
- Additional 4 credit hours are required, either through the completion of additional courses or through additional dissertation hours.
- Students select the specific courses in conjunction with the advisor and committee from the list of available graduate elective courses below in consultation with the Graduate Program Director or individual advisors/dissertation committee.
Departmental Course Options (examples)
CAP 5400 Digital Image Processing 3
CDA 5416 Introduction to Computer‐Aided Verification 3
CAP 5625 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
CAP 5682 Expert and Intelligent Systems 3
CAP 5771 Data Mining 3
EEL 5771 Introduction to Computer Graphics I 3
CNT 6215 Computer Networks 3
CAP 6415 Computer Vision 3
CAP 6455 Advanced Robotic Systems 3
CAP 6615 Neural Networks 3
COP 6621 Programming Languages and Translation 3
EEL 6706 Testing and Fault Tolerance in Digital Systems 3
CAP 6736 Geometric Modeling 3
EEL 6766 Advanced Computer Architecture 3
CIS 6900 Independent Study 1‐19
CIS 6930 Special Topics 1‐5
CIS 6940 Graduate Instruction Methods 1‐4
CIS 6946 Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice 0‐3
CIS 6971 Thesis: Master's 2‐19
Doctoral Screening/Qualifying Examination
Students must pass the Ph.D. Qualifying examinations in Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Theory of Algorithms within one year of enrollment.
Admission to Candidacy
A student will not be admitted to candidacy until a Doctoral committee has been appointed, and the committee has certified that the student has successfully completed the comprehensive qualifying examination and demonstrated the qualifications necessary to successfully complete the requirements for the degree. The admission to Candidacy form must be approved by the Dean of the college and forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies for final approval. The student may elect to enroll in dissertation credits in the semester following approval of the Admission to Candidacy form by Graduate Studies.
Major Research‐Area Paper
After an extensive review of literature on the area of research the student will author a paper and give an oral presentation
on the subject. The written document should constitute a significant part of the student's literature‐review chapter for
his/her dissertation. The oral presentation will be open to the public. The paper and presentation is to be completed within
one year of passing the Qualifying Examinations.
Dissertation 20 hours minimum
CIS 7980 Dissertation
The student's progress in the program is monitored by a supervisory doctoral committee,
which is usually appointed at
an early stage in the student's program. This committee consists of at least five members, one of whom is outside the
College of Engineering. The Major Professor will be a member of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
Normally, two more Computer Science and Engineering faculty serve on the committee with a member in another
department in the college.
The student must conduct research of sufficient quality that demonstrates an independent
and original contribution to
the field of computer science and engineering. Students must take at least 20 semester hours of doctoral dissertation
credits; the exact number of credits is determined by the candidate's supervisory committee. It is strongly
recommended that doctoral students submit journal articles for publication relevant to dissertation research.
A doctoral candidate must defend her/his research before her/his committee. The defense is usually open to the
university community and conducted in accordance with the university's general rules and regulations. The defense
involves a formal presentation of the dissertation followed by a critical exchange between the candidate and the
committee. The committee chairman moderates the proceedings and determines procedure, originality of the
research, and contributions made by the candidate.
See the course inventory.
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information: www.grad.usf.edu