PhD in Computer Science and Engineering

photo of a student giving a presentationComplete your graduate study with a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering

The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded by Wright State University. This pinnacle academic credential shows that you have mastered a body of skills and knowledge in your field of study. It prepares you for a career as an independent and productive scholar. You will be working closely with faculty on significant technological challenges of importance and mutual interest.

When you graduate with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering you will be able to

  • contribute to high-quality, peer-reviewed publications in venues appropriate to your field of study
  • establish independent research programs in your area of expertise
  • effectively communicate technical concepts to your peers
     

We have a mixture of courses that can be taken during the day, evening, or online. This lets you start your Ph.D. program as either a part time or a full time student.

Program strengths include

  • Faculty expertise
  • Well-equipped laboratory facilities
  • A curriculum that combines theory, software, and hardware
  • Opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD program is competitive. The expected qualifications for admission to the PhD program include.

  • A Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.
  • A score of at least 305 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test
  • satisfaction of the admission requirements as set forth by the Graduate School
  • a record that indicates the potential for a career in Computer Science and Engineering research

We recommend knowledge of the following areas.

  • high-level programming languages and data structures
  • computer organization and architecture
  • formal languages and computer science theory
  • operating systems
  • calculus
  • probubility and statistics
  • linear algebra
  • discrete mathematics

It may be possible to make up minor deficiencies after admission to the program by taking appropriate courses. Meeting the expected qualifications does not guarantee admission to the program.

International Admission Requirements


How to Apply

 

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.


Degree Requirements

Entering with Bachelor of Science (90 credit hours) click to expand

If you start the PhD program with a Bachelor of Science degree, you must complete:

  • At least of 27 hours of formal coursework at 7000/8000 level
  • At least 18 hours of residency research
  • At least 12 hours of dissertation research
  • The Computer Science and Computer Engineering core courses.

Total of 90 credit hours.

Entering with Master of Sciencce (60 credit hours)

If you start the PhD program with a Master of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field you must complete:

  • At least of 9 hours of formal coursework at the 7000/8000 level
  • At least 18 hours of residency research
  • At least 12 hours of dissertation research
  • The Computer Science and Computer Engineering core courses.

Total of 60 credit hours.

You must also:

  • Meet the PhD qualifier requirement by the end of the second year in program.
  • Successfully defend your dissertation proposal (candidacy exam).
  • Successfully defend your dissertation research.
  • Publish at least one journal paper or two conference papers.
  • Meet all graduate school academic standing requirements
  • Complete of all your degree requirements in ten years

Core Courses

As a Ph.D. student, you will need to complete the core courses in either Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

To satisfy the core requirement, you must earn either 3 A’s or 2 A’s and a B in your core courses. You will be able to take the final exam once more for each course that you do not receive an A if you do not meet these qualifications. This gives you another chance to meet the Qualifier Requirements.

You have two years to satisfy the core. After two years, we will recommend that Graduate School dismiss you from the Doctoral Program.

Computer Science Core Courses - click to expand

The Computer Science Core courses require choosing one course from each category below:

  • Theory
    • CS 7200 Algorithm Design and Analysis OR
    • CS 7220 Computability and Complexity
  • Software
    • CS 7100 Advanced Programming Languages OR
    • CS 7140 Advanced Software Engineering
  • Systems and Applications
    • CEG 7370 Distributed Computing OR
    • CS 7700 Advanced Database Systems

Computer Engineering Core Courses - click to expand

The Computer Engineering Core courses require choosing one course from each category below:

  • Architecture
    • CEG 7450 Advanced Computer Networks OR
    • CEG 7350 Computer Architecture
  • Hardware
    • CEG 7030 VLSI Design OR
    • CEG 7360 Embedded Systems
  • Systems and Applications
    • CEG 7370 Distributed Computing OR
    • CS 7700 Advanced Database Systems