Computer Science (Ph.D.) | Graduate
From the use of AI technology to drive advancements in healthcare to the use of blockchain technology to accelerate business growth and predict disease outbreaks, computer science is driving economic growth and innovation. Our doctoral graduates are prepared for leading careers in academia, research, industry, and government.
The Ph.D. in Computer Science at Howard's Graduate School provides intensive preparation in the analysis, design, and application of computing systems to solve complex issues in healthcare, transportation, cybersecurity, data science, and many other areas. Our program welcomes applicants with a strong aptitude for mathematics or programming or a background in computer science, mathematics, business, or other related disciplines. Our Ph.D. program will prepare you, like so many of our graduate alumni, for a postdoctoral position, faculty appointment, or a career in research, industry, or government. As a doctoral student in Computer Science student, you may choose from five distinct areas of specialization: software engineering, cybersecurity, algorithms and machine learning, data communications, and computer systems. You will also gain foundational computer and information systems theory knowledge and practical training in programming languages, data mining and analysis, and modeling. In Washington, D.C., there is no shortage of employment opportunities at federal agencies and technology firms that you will have access to. Our students benefit from a highly collegial atmosphere and work closely with a faculty research advisor on grant-funded research. Our Computer Science faculty have expertise in various areas, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, distributed systems, information assurance, computer architecture, bioinformatics, human-computer interaction, privacy and security, networks, and intelligent interfaces. Qualified Ph.D. students can also enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity further enhancing their marketability in the industry.
❱ 72 credit hours
❱ On-campus format
❱ Degree: Ph.D.
Spring 2024 entry:
❱ Nov. 1, 2023 (final deadline)
Fall 2024 entry:
❱ Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)
❱ Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)
❱ Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)
Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle.
Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee; 24 credits hours from a relevant master's degree may be transferred to Ph.D.)