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.
Classes take place in the evening, and the program can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. 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.
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 requirementswithin three to four years. The time limit for completing the PhD program is seven years.