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Doctorate in Computer Science

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare you for a career in either an academic or industrial setting. In addition to taking a prescribed set of core courses, you must take sufficient courses in one specialized area and complete a dissertation. Facilities include the Language and Intelligence Laboratory, the Data Engineering Laboratory, the Interactive Digital Entertainment Laboratory, the Virtual Reality and Information Centric Engineering Laboratory, Collaborative Learning Laboratory, the Robotic Cognition Laboratory, the Cyber Security Laboratory, the Visual Understanding and Complex Systems Laboratory, the iMac Mobile App Laboratory, and the Intelligent Learning for Explainable Acute Decision-Support Laboratory.


  • With B.S. degree: 90 credit hours
  • With M.S. degree: 60 credit hours
  • Dissertation: 15 to 40 research hours
  • Core courses: 15 credit hours
  • Diagnostic examination
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Qualifying examination
  • Final oral examination


have recently included positions at Dell, Koch Industries, Paycom, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Facebook, Lam Research, Cerner, Sprint and as OSU faculty.

Research and Faculty

Our research and teaching strengths lie in the increasingly important areas of data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, virtual reality, cyber-security and theoretical computer science. There is ample opportunity for students to work with faculty in different research labs and many students are offered summer internships in the industry. In addition, many companies come to campus to recruit. 


Recent Ph.D. level research includes data analytics, robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, blockchain technologies and healthcare informatics. Recent graduates have found employment at a range of companies including Sam's Club, Amazon, Facebook, Lam Research, Cerner, Sprint and AS faculty.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Statement of research interest
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited university
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Proficiency in computer-related mathematics, including at least 10 hours beyond calculus
  • Coursework in theoretical foundations of computing, operating systems design and implementation, organization of programming languages, and computer organization

Test Scores:

  • GRE required with no minimum score
  • TOEFL score of 550 required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers

Application Deadlines:

  •  March 1 (fall admission)
  •  August 1 (spring admission)

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Cost & Assistance

The department offers teaching and research assistantships to qualified candidates. There are also a number of graduate teaching lab assistantship positions available for graduate students. The department offers scholarships such as the Fisher Computer Science Scholarship. The Graduate Fellowship and other scholarships are also available through the graduate college.


Assistantships and Scholarships

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