The Stevens Ph.D. prepares students for research careers in academia and industry. Our federally funded research programs are rapidly growing and Stevens Ph.D. students are fully funded - giving Ph.D candidates a real opportunity to impact the future of computer science.

Why Stevens?

  • Top-notch research. Our faculty is recognized for their research in multiple areas of the field.
  • Accessible faculty. Unlike larger institutions, Stevens students work closely with their advisor on a daily basis.  
  • Financial support. Stevens Ph.D. students are fully funded through various programs, teaching assistantships and fellowships. This includes tuition and a generous stipend.
  • Location. Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stevens is right across the river from New York City.
  • Collaboration. Stevens location offers excellent opportunities for collaboration, which can turn to job offers upon graduation. Partners include NYU, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers/DIMACS as well as major industrial research laboratories such as Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, NEC Labs, IBM Research, and Google New York.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for 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.

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. It is advised that you contact the faculty member(s) that would be most interested in your application, after submitting it.

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.