2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science (Ph.D.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges & Departments

Program Coordinator/Contact

George Hamer, Acting Department Head
Sung Shin, Professor/Graduate Coordinator Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Daktronics Engineering Hall 214, Box 2222

Program Information

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers the Ph.D. in Computer Science. The Computer Science program prepares graduates for positions in the design and development of computer languages, systems, and applications in business and industry and for higher academic positions in research and education. The program will emphasize expertise in fundamental topics of Computer Science like machine learning and data analytics with special applications to domains such as precision agriculture and energy management.

Program Educational Objectives

The Computer Science graduate program objectives are to equip individuals to:

  • Discover and disseminate knowledge relevant to the discipline of computer science.
  • Provide leadership for increasingly complex roles in computer science and industry.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the science of computer science serving regional and national needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad and comprehensive understanding of core knowledge and fundamental principles in computer science.
  • Demonstrate conceptual knowledge and ability to demonstrate prevalent technologies of computer science.
  • Demonstrate a highly developed knowledge of literature in their area of computer science or closely related research.
  • Effectively formulate, execute, communicate, present, and defend the result and conclusions of original research.

Course Delivery Format

A majority of the courses are taught on campus in smart classrooms. The smart classrooms allow for a variety of methods for student engagement and faculty are able to record and post their lectures on-line.

Facilities and Services

With more than $12 million invested in classrooms and laboratories, graduate students benefit from modern lecture rooms and gain valuable experience using state-of-the-art equipment. The recently dedicated modern Daktronics Engineering Hall is home to the Computer Science program with over 15,000 square feet of dedicated research space.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy 72 Credit Plan


Core Requirements

(Instruction of some courses shared between DSU and SDSU campuses.)

Select from the following

Complete 18 credits with two courses from each of the 3 areas listed below - Theory, Systems, Application. Credits: 18


Must select two minimum. Credits: 6


Must select two courses. Credits: 6


Must select two courses. Credits: 6

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 90 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 9.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 115

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges & Departments