University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Computer Science (Doctor of Philosophy)


The Department of Computer Science offers graduate programs towards the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computer Science offers study in both traditional and cross-disciplinary areas such as bioinformatics and ecological modeling.

Our faculty in Computer Science is involved in the forefront of research in knowledge and data engineering (such as data mining, database systems, pattern recognition, and knowledge-based systems), software engineering and verification (including programming languages), and computational sciences (comprising computational biology, discrete modeling, and numerical methods).

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

A bachelor's degree and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general section are required of all applicants. Applicants will be evaluated based on their potential for excellence in research, as judged from their academic background, test scores, relevant experience and letters of recommendation. Applicants who have strong academic records in a different discipline and lack an acceptable computer science background (normally including at least courses in Data Structures, Computer Organization and Programming Languages) may be accepted provisionally. Provisionally accepted students will be required to complete an approved program of remedial work within their first year of study. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received their education in English must present satisfactory results from the TOEFL examination. Completed applications are due February 1 (if financial aid is requested) and April 1 (otherwise).

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Before advancing to candidacy, the student must:

  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance in a schedule of courses of at least fifteen credits of graduate course work as approved by the student's studies committee
  • Pass a written comprehensive exam in areas approved by the student's studies committee
  • Successfully propose a thesis topic in a public presentation
  • Pass an oral exam before the student's studies committee
Minimum Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

A minimum of seventy-five credits of graduate study must be approved by the studies committee and successfully completed, including a minimum of thirty credits of research.

The student must describe the completed research in a written dissertation and defend the research in a public presentation of the results.

Beyond research and course work, the student must gain appropriate experience in three distinct activities, approved by the student’s studies committee: teaching, programming, and communicating technical ideas, both orally and in writing.



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