Computer and Information Science PhD

The Computer and Information Science PhD prepares students to undertake independent research to promote science and engineering advances in the field of computer and information sciences. Doctoral students work closely with faculty at the frontier of research in the field, developing theory, methodology and experimental skills to investigate and solve advanced technological issues.

The program can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis, and classes take place during the evening. Many doctoral students work 20 hours each week in teaching assistant roles. This means that most students will be funded for up to four years beyond a master’s degree.

The Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department is located in the state-of-the-art SERC (Science Education and Research Center) building on Temple’s Main Campus. The CIS Department is one of the oldest Computer Science Departments in the country and is consistently expanding its academic and research offerings.


You can focus on Computer and Information Science or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Applications

    Advance the field of artificial intelligence with a terminal degree for future educators, researchers, and developers. Students learn the characteristics and specifications of systems that exhibit intelligent behavior before theorizing on the next step for this technology. 

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  • Computer and Network Systems

    Design and maintain the largest and most complex computing systems and networks with a doctoral program that covers all issues related to interconnected devices. Candidates become proficient in systems programming and architecture, including networks and distributed systems. 

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  • Information Systems

    Optimize corporations and organizations with data-based consulting as a PhD in information systems. Candidates focus on systems that provide information to users regarding performance levels, and employ their new skills in improving them. 

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  • Software Systems

    Create new software platforms and research their development with a PhD in software systems. Candidates focus on the processes and methodologies associated with superior software design. 

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Classes & Curriculum

The PhD program is structured around the thesis; course and seminar work are designed around candidates’ completion of this original piece of work. A metric of quality for the thesis is that it be publishable in a recognized scientific journal.

Along with a thesis and coursework, PhD candidates are expected to teach at least one course. As a full-time PhD student, you should be able to complete all of your requirements within three to four years. The time limit for completing the PhD program is seven years.

Required courses you will take during your studies vary depending on your chosen track.

Learn more about Computer and Information Science PhD courses and requirements.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,301.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,696.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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