Ph.D. candidates join this department to change the face of computer science, and rightly so: some of the most critical discoveries in the field have taken place here. The Stevens Ph.D. prepares students for research careers at prominent institutions. Ph.D. students are fully funded.

Admissions Requirements

To enter the doctoral program in computer science, you will be reviewed by the departmental graduate admissions committee.

You will need to submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official or attested conferment of bachelor’s degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (A statement of research experience and interests)
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE or GMAT scores

International applicants (who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must also submit:

  • Official TOEFL score, sent to School Code #2819 - This requirement is waived if the applicant has a degree from a University in a country where English is the native language.
  • Financial Verification Form or I-134

Admission is based on a review of your scholastic record and a match with the research interests of the faculty. Your academic performance must reflect your capability to pursue advanced studies and conduct independent research.

Degree Requirements

You must earn 84 graduate credits to complete the doctoral program. Of these credits, 0 to 30 must be earned through course work, and 30 to 60 via research work. You may apply up to 30 credits from a master’s program toward your doctoral degree.

Within two years of your admission, you must take a written qualifying examination to test your comprehension of the fundamentals and of the field. After passing the qualifying examination you must take an oral preliminary examination to evaluate your aptitude for advanced research and your understanding of the subjects associated with your dissertation topics. Upon satisfactory completion of this oral examination, you become a doctoral candidate and start your dissertation research.

Doctoral research must be based on an original investigation, and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, you must defend your thesis in a public presentation.