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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
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
This course presents both the foundational and the practical aspects of modeling, analyzing, and mining of computerized data sets, including classification, regression, clustering, semi-supervised learning, structured sparsity learning, etc. The course assignments are designed to contain both theoretical and programming components in order to train students to gain hands-on-experience.
INTERNET BASED COURSE. VISIT: http://www.cs.odu.edu/~fac/teched.html
Laboratory work required. Theory and engineering of information retrieval in the context of developing web-based search engines. Topics include issues related to crawling, ranking, query processing, retrieval models, evaluation, clustering, machine learning, and other aspects related to building web search engines. Students will perform a mix of hands-on development and coding, as well as theoretical exploration of the research literature.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Computer Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Full requirements are described on our PhD Graduate Programs website at
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.
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 2022-23 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.
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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.
A competitive award for newly admitted graduate students which carries a $20,000 stipend for 12 months.
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 information on Financial Assistance and Fellowships is available on our PhD Graduate Programs webpage.
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