Our PhD program prepares graduates for research positions in academia or industry. Research is led by our graduate faculty, who have interests in bioinformatics, machine intelligence and data analytics, networks, cybersecurity, web science and digital libraries, data science, parallel algorithms and computing, scientific computing, and stochastic modeling.
Work with faculty who are internationally-known researchers
Potential for collaboration with scientists at NASA, Jefferson Lab, VMASC, EVMS
Part-time and full-time study is available
Full-time students usually complete their degrees in 3-5 years
Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Full requirements are described on our PhD Graduate Programs website at https://graduate.cs.odu.edu/phd/requirements/. A candidate for the doctoral degree in computer science must meet all of the following requirements in addition to the University requirements outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
- Pass the PhD Qualifying Process.
- Complete a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.
- Pass the candidacy examination.
- Attend at least 10 colloquiums – see Colloquium Activities for more information.
- Successfully defend the dissertation.
The above must be completed within 8 years after admission to the PhD program. Note that students with a degree in a discipline outside of computer science will be required to take prerequisite undergraduate courses that will not be counted towards the 78 credit hours requirement.
Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Ways to Save
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Entering Student Funding
Newly admitted PhD students are guaranteed to be funded either by a Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), or half-time GTA/half-time GRA combination. During the Summer, the CS department will provide $3,000 of support. By the end of the Spring semester, PhD students are expected to have identified a major advisor. If research funding is available, your major advisor may match the department’s stipend for a total summer stipend of $6,000. During the first year, most PhD students are guaranteed $18,000 with the possibility of receiving $21,000 with a 100% tuition waiver.
All PhD students are expected to obtain GRA positions during the summer, working for their major advisor. Summer GRA stipends vary, but are typically between $3,000-$6,000. Full tuition exemption is included.
Dominion Graduate Scholar
A competitive award for newly admitted graduate students which carries a $20,000 stipend for 12 months.
Modeling & Simulation Fellowship
The Department of Computer Science receives funding from the Modeling & Simulation steering committee to support PhD students who are pursuing research related to Modeling & Simulation. These fellowships carry a $9,000 stipend for 12 months, which is supplemented by either a GRA or GTA.
Additional Ways to Save
Additional information on Financial Assistance and Fellowships is available on our PhD Graduate Programs webpage.