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    Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Computer and Cyber Sciences

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Program Overview

The doctoral degree (PhD) in Computer and Cyber Sciences prepares individuals to deeply understand both foundational and applied aspects of the field of computing and cyber sciences. Students are prepared to carry out original research in computer and cyber sciences by learning how the existing state-of-the-art technology is advanced and how new ideas are developed, evaluated, and presented. Students are prepared for research, teaching, and/or advanced development positions in academia, industry, or government.

Program Contact

Dr. Gursimran Walia

Admissions Information

For additional information regarding admissions requirements, please visit the Office of Academic Admissions website.

Progression & Graduation Requirements

  • Coursework meeting the PhD-specific program requirements (breadth classes and electives);
  • Passing Research-Project Examination;
  • Passing Comprehensive Examination;
  • PhD dissertation proposal as per the guidelines by The Graduate School; and 
  • PhD dissertation and its defense as per the guidelines by The Graduate School.
Program Information
Program Length: 7 Years
CIP Code: 11.0101
Program Code: 1DPHIL-CSCS
Major Code: CSCS

Degree Requirements: 72 Hours

Breadth Requirements:

1. Breadth Requirements:

Doctoral students are expected to demonstrate competency in Computer and Cyber Sciences by taking courses within at least 3 of the following areas.

Area A: Theoretical Foundations

Area B: Computer Systems

Area C: Applications

Area D: Cybersecurity

Area E: Human-Centered Computing

To satisfy the Breadth Requirements, students must take 6 courses totaling 18 credit hours. among the 5 areas A-E. Students choose, based on their interests and in consultation with their academic or dissertation advisor. The following rules must be followed:

              1. Courses must come from at least 3 areas

              2. Students must take at least 2 courses from 2 areas

Based on these rules, potential course options across areas are 2-2-1-1, 2-2-2, and 3-2-1.  A student must complete their breadth requirements in a manner that supports their research emphasis. Their plan (i.e. number of classes they will take in each of the areas) has to be approved by the program director and a member of the graduate committee.  

To have the courses satisfy the Breadth Requirements, the student must receive a grade of B or better in each of the 6 courses and have more A’s than B’s in the 6 courses. Area courses taken beyond the 6 required Breadth Requirements will be considered electives.

2. Preparation for Research:

In their first semester, all students take the Introduction to Research course (CSCI-6900) or the Introduction to Information Security Research course (AIST-6900), in consultation with their advisor. Subsequently, students register for CSCI-8720, Problems in Computer and Cyber Sciences, under the supervision of a faculty member in the school. Students do not need to have a formal dissertation advisor at this stage.

3. Research Exposure:

Students register for CSCI-7900, Research Colloquium, a minimum of three times during the program.  This course is a venue to discuss contemporary problems in Computer and Cyber Sciences. While students can take this class more than 3 times during their program, a maximum of 3 credits of CSCI-7900 can count towards the degree requirements. 

4.  Electives:

Students take elective coursework adding to another 9 credits, across areas A, B, C, D, E, and F.

5. Dissertation:

After students have a formal advisor they may register for CSCI-8940 (1-9 credits), Dissertation Research. A minimum of 36 credits of CSCI-8940 needs to be completed prior to graduation.

6. Credit Hours:

A doctoral student must earn a minimum of 72 credit hours during the course of the program. This is comprised of a minimum of 36 credits for coursework, including breadth classes, introduction to research classes, problems classes, research exposure, and electives, and a minimum of 36 credits for Dissertation Research.

Dissertation: 36 Hours

After students have a formal advisor and have passed the comprehensive exam, they may register for CSCI-8940 (1-9 credits), Dissertation Research. A minimum of 36 credits of CSCI-8940 needs to be completed prior to graduation.

Total Hours for the Degree: Minimum 72 Hours

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