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 a Ph.D. in Computer Science 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)
Since its inception, the school has run an executive Ph.D. format called the “cluster format" that blends weekend meetings with online interaction. Students taking courses toward a doctorate in computer science attend four cluster sessions per year, held quarterly over an extended weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the university. The cluster sessions bring together students and faculty for participation in classes, seminars, and dissertation counseling, and provide ample opportunity for student-faculty and student-student interaction. Between cluster sessions, students work on course assignments and research, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students.
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The computer science doctorate 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 pursuing a computer science doctorate 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.