Graduate Programs - Degrees
The graduate program in Computer Science was inaugurated in 1975. Beginning as a combined Computer Science/Mathematics masters degree, students now complete an M.S. in CS. A new doctoral program in Computer Science and Informatics began in Fall 2007.
The departments of Computer Science, Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics jointly offer graduate programs with a number of concentrations including:
- M.S. in Computer Science.
- M.S. in Computer Science with Biomedical Informatics concentration.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science and Informatics.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science and Informatics with Biomedical Informatics concentration.
Students are required to take 3 core courses and 4 concentration electives, which could be structured to focus primarily on their chosen concentration (depth), or from multiple areas (breadth). They are also required to take 9 credits for fulfilling either the thesis, project, or coursework track. Students are required to complete a practicum related to their course of study (see practicum details in the MS program description)
The academic course work is expected to be completed within 2 years. Students choosing to complete a thesis are expected to perform original research with their advisors.
Students are required to take 3 core courses and 7-8 concentration electives, which could be structured to focus primarily on their chosen concentration (depth), or from multiple areas (breadth). They are also required to take 2 rotation projects to explore a potentially research area.
The academic course work is expected to be finished within the first 2-3 years followed by a qualifying examination in the student's chosen concentration, and a thesis proposal followed by the thesis defense. By year 3 or often earlier, students are expected to begin working closely with an advisor on original research. On average, a PhD degree takes 5-6 years to complete.
Click here for brief descriptions of the courses offered in our program.
Foundations and Applications
Computing and Informatics