Ph.D. in Computer Science (CISD)
- Program Overview
- Program Format
- Learning Outcomes
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science (CISD) at Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) requires a minimum of 64 credits. Its cluster format combines traditional and online instruction to provide professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is especially well suited to those in industry, education, or government who are involved with one of the many areas of computer science and information technology. The CISD program provides research-oriented professionals with knowledge in the major areas of computer science the ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation.Program Sheet (pdf)
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The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 32 are for courses and at least 32 are for research and dissertation. Courses, research, and dissertation registrations are as follows:
Core Courses (four credits each) (Select eight of these.)
Research Registrations: Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of CISD 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. (Students beginning fall 2014 or later will instead take two or more sections of CISD 885, Doctoral Research.) Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Directed Research / Doctoral Research registrations must be in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research / Doctoral Research.
Dissertation Registrations: Students must complete 24 credits of dissertation registrations, three registrations of CISD 901. Students who do not complete the dissertation within 24 credits will register for CISD 920 Continuing Dissertation until the dissertation is complete.