PhD Program

Requirements

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In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum semester hours required: 108 from the baccalaureate.
  • Coursework:
    • Students admitted with prior master’s degree in CS or a related field: Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit (6 courses). Of the 24 hours, at least 16 hours must be CS coursework at the 500 level, excluding CS 590CS 595CS 596CS 597CS 598, and CS 599. Any course that is nearly equivalent to one taken in the bachelor’s or master’s program earlier will not earn PhD credit. Credit earned in CS 596 may not be applied toward the PhD degree. Graduation credit for non-CS course work must have prior department approval.
    • Students admitted directly after a bachelor’s degree in CS or a related field: Must complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit. Of the 32 hours, at least 16 hours must be CS coursework at the 500 level, excluding CS 590CS 595CS 596CS 597CS 598, and CS 599. Graduation credit for non-CS coursework must have prior department approval.
  • Other requirements
    • Research Methods: Required. Candidates must earn 4 hours in CS 590 within the first two years of enrollment.
    • Colloquium: Candidates are required to take 10 colloquia within the first two years of enrollment. Dissertations are acceptable.
  • Examinations:
    • Departmental qualifying examination: Required; written.
    • Preliminary examination: Required; oral.
  • Dissertation: Required. Candidates must earn CS 599 credit of at least 48 hours beyond a master’s degree and at least 72 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree.

 

  • Qualifier Examination

    PhD students must pass the qualifier examination before the end of their fourth semester of enrollment. See the Qualifier Examination page for full details.

  • Preliminary Examination

    PhD students must pass an oral preliminary examination on their proposed dissertation topic. In this examination, students must demonstrate a capacity for independent research on an original dissertation topic within the selected field of study. Visit the Preliminary Examination page for full details.

  • Dissertation

    Upon completion of all degree requirements and the dissertation, students must orally defend their work before the committee. Visit the Dissertation Process page for full details.

Additional PhD Policies and Procedures

Contacts

  • Email us

    If you have further questions about our graduate program, contact us at cs-grad@uic.edu.

  • Call us

    You can reach us by phone at (312) 996-5940.