Computer Science Ph.D.

PhD in Computer Science
Computer Science Ph.D.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program is designed to develop a student's ability to carry out advanced research, as well as ensure the breadth and depth of computer science knowledge required to obtain a faculty position in academia or a research position in industry or at a national laboratory. Students first work to obtain breadth knowledge and a faculty research mentor. Then, working with their mentor, they carry out advanced work that results in original research publications and a doctoral dissertation.

Department of Computer Science
Kingsbury Hall N229, 33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862.3778

Curriculum & Requirements

CS 900Graduate Seminar1
Select six CS graduate courses (of at least 3 credits each) beyond the M.S. or twelve CS graduate courses beyond the B.S. 118
Breadth Requirement 2
Research Tool 3
Depth Requirement 4
Dissertation 5
Total Credits19

Implementation Intensive Courses

Implementation intensive courses include:

CS 812Compiler Design3
CS 830Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CS 835Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Programming3
CS 870Computer Graphics3
CS 980Advanced Topics (Data Science)3

Breadth Course Groups

The list below identifies the seven breadth course groups and introductory (800­-level) graduate courses in each group. It is also acceptable to satisfy a group requirement by taking an advanced course (900-­level) in the specified area. (Note that there are courses in the curriculum that are not in any of the identified groups.)

Group: Introductory Course

CS 845Formal Specification and Verification of Software Systems3
CS 858Algorithms3
CS 823Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems3
Compiler and Language
CS 812Compiler Design3
CS 835Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Programming3
CS 871Web Programming Paradigms3
CS 853Information Retrieval3
CS 875Database Systems3
Artificial Intelligence
CS 830Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CS 850Machine Learning3
Interactive Systems
CS 833Mobile Robotics3
CS 860Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction3
CS 870Computer Graphics3
CS 825Computer Networks3

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