Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 42

Required Courses:

CIS 9182Independent Study12
or CIS 9282 Independent Study
Track-Specific Courses 124
Non-Didactic Courses6
Preliminary Examination Preparation
Pre-Dissertation Research / Elevation to Candidacy
Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours42

Artificial Intelligence and Applications Track

Core Courses
CIS 5511Programming Techniques3
CIS 5526Machine Learning3
CIS 5603Artificial Intelligence3
Didactic Courses15
Select five courses from the following:
Automata and Formal Languages
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Neural Computation
Data Warehousing, Filtering and Mining
Text Mining and Language Processing
Computer Vision
Computer Networking and Communication
Seminar in Advanced Topics in Computer Science
Computer Graphics and Image Processing
Web Applications Development
Artificial Intelligence, Heurisitic Models, and Education
Advanced Topics in Data Base Systems
Total Credit Hours24

Computer and Network Systems Track

Core Courses
Select at least two courses from the following:
Programming Techniques
Operating Systems
Automata and Formal Languages
Computer Networking and Communication
Computer Architecture
Didactic Courses
Select at most six courses from the following:
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Ad Hoc Networks
Network & Information Security
Wireless Network and Communication
Distributed Systems
Web Applications Development
Advanced Topics in Data Base Systems
Advanced Networks and Client-Server Computing
Distributed and Parallel Computer Systems
Total Credit Hours24

Information Systems Track

Select a minimum of one and up to three theory courses from the following:
Programming Techniques
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Statistical Methods I
Select a minimum of one and up to three systems courses from the following:
Operating Systems
Principles of Data Management
Computer Networking and Communication
Distributed Systems
Advanced Networks and Client-Server Computing
Select a minimum of two and up to four track-specific courses from the following:
Neural Computation
Machine Learning
Data Warehousing, Filtering and Mining
Artificial Intelligence
Seminar in Advanced Topics in Computer Science
Web Applications Development
Advanced Topics in Data Base Systems
Design and Development of E-Commerce Systems
Total Credit Hours24

Software Systems Track

Core Courses
CIS 5511Programming Techniques3
CIS 5512Operating Systems3
CIS 5513Automata and Formal Languages3
CIS 5515Design and Analysis of Algorithms3
CIS 5516Principles of Data Management3
CIS 5617Computer Networking and Communication3
CIS 9618Web Applications Development3
Elective 13
Total Credit Hours24

Additional Requirements:
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination:
The Qualifying Examination tests the student on the fundamentals of Computer and Information Science and the basic body of knowledge in a track. It consists of a written exam on theory and algorithms, systems, and track-specific material. The Qualifying Exam is offered twice a year, usually in late January and late June.

Culminating Events:
Preliminary Examinations:
The goal of the preliminary examinations is to test the research skills and knowledge of the student and the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research. The exams are completed in two stages:

  • Prelim I consists of written and oral components testing advanced track knowledge and in-depth knowledge of the research area. It includes a literature review of the area. This preliminary exam is used to determine whether the student needs to take additional courses in order to support research in the chosen area. Prelim I is open only to the Doctoral Advisory Committee and members of the department. It is to be taken within one year of passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.
  • Prelim II consists of written and oral components to assess the appropriateness of the research, including approach and methodology. It is designed to ensure that the selected research problem is of reasonable scope and significance and that the proposed dissertation is feasible. The written portion of Prelim II should be of sufficient quality to be publishable as a department technical report. This exam is open to the public.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the preliminary examinations. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the exam has been satisfactorily completed. The successful completion of the preliminary examinations produces a written understanding among the student, faculty advisor, and Doctoral Advisory Committee, specifying the work to be done to obtain final approval of the dissertation.

Students who are preparing to do their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with the Chair of their Doctoral Advisory Committee and register with the Administrative Coordinator one month prior to the date. The student and Chair receive confirmation of the time, date, and room of the examination.

Dissertation Proposal:
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of:

  1. the context and background surrounding a particular research problem;
  2. an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and
  3. a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem.

The proposal should be finished and approved no more than one year after completing coursework. Upon approval, a timeline for completing the investigation and writing process are established.

Dissertation:
The doctoral dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field of Computer and Information Science. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the Computer and Information Science field; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of Computer and Information Science; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Committee compositions must be approved by the CIS Graduate Committee. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the committee members, and informing the student of her/his academic progress.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least one additional Graduate Faculty member from outside the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The Outside Examiner should be identified no later than the beginning of the term in which the student will defend the dissertation. The committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

If a student needs to change a member of a committee, the new member must be approved by the CIS Graduate Committee and registered with the Administrative Coordinator and the Graduate School.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Doctoral Advisory Committee and register with the Administrative Coordinator at least 30 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The student and Chair receive confirmation of the time, date, and room for the examination.

The Administrative Coordinator sends the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms,” at least 10 days before the defense. The department posts flyers announcing the defense.