Satisfying Ph.D Requirements

1

Satisfy any assigned admission prerequisite courses

If you are assigned admission prerequisites register for at least one every semester until all the prerequisite courses are successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

2

Satisfy the qualifier requirements

To qualify for the program you should receive either 3 A’s or 2 A’s and a B in your core courses. You will be able to take the final exam one more time for each course that you do not receive an A if you do not meet these qualifications. If you have not satisfied the qualifier requirement after two years you are subject to dismissal from the Ph.D. program.

3

Select Dissertation Advisor and Committee

Your dissertation committee should consist of

  • at least three graduate faculty members from the Computer Science and Engineering department
  • one graduate faculty member from outside the department or university

To include a dissertation committee member from outside the department or university contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for further instructions. We recommend that you do this at least one semester before the candidacy exam.

4

Submit the committee approval form to the department

6

Complete residency research CS/CEG 8940

You should engage in at least 18 hours of residency research. You can continue to complete research hours until your research proposal is ready.

7

Proposal Defense CS/CEG 8960

The candidacy exam (or proposal defense) is a presentation to the dissertation committee and the public, covering the current state of the art research in your area of interest, your preliminary research and results, and your plan for completion of the dissertation research. The dissertation director, in consultation with the dissertation committee, will determine when you have identified a program of research suitable for a Ph.D. dissertation and are prepared to take the candidacy examination.

The examination will consist of a public presentation and a question-and-answer period. The dissertation committee may also have an interrogatory session with you that is closed to the public. The candidacy exam will normally be administered after you have completed 18 credits of residency research.

Proposal defense steps

  • Register for CEG/CS8960 Proposal Defense
  • Work with your committee to set a date and time
  • Coordinate with the department for a room
  • Provide the Graduate Program Coordinator with the date, time, committee, title, and abstract at least two weeks before the defense date.

You have one month following your defense to submit the following to the department.

8

Complete dissertation research CS/CEG 8950

You must complete at least 12 hours of dissertation research (CS/CEG 8950). Continue to register for dissertation research (CS/CEG 8950) until you have the results needed to complete your dissertation.

9

Submit publication requirement

You will be required to publish the results of your research. This can be in the format of two refereed conference papers or one journal paper. It is required that you are the first author on these papers.

10

Apply for Graduation

Refer to the Graduate School for the application deadlines.

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Dissertation Defense CS/CEG 8990

After completing your dissertation, you will defend your research results in front of your committee in public. You should provide a copy of your dissertation to the committee at least two weeks before your defense.

Dissertation defense steps

  • Register for CEG/CS8990 Dissertation Defense
  • Work with your committee to set a date and time
  • Coordinate with the department for a room
  • Send a copy of your dissertation to the Assistant to the Chair at least two weeks before the defense date
  • Provide the Graduate Program Coordinator with the date, time, committee, title, and abstract at least two weeks before the defense date.

Following your successful defense, submit the following to the department.

  • Electronic copy of the approved dissertation 
  • the completed and signed (by your committee) signature page

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