PhD in Computing



The interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computing integrates coursework and research projects from three related disciplines: computer science, information systems, and information technology. The program emphasizes advanced discovery and the development of solutions to research-focused problems in the areas of cyber assurance, risk assessment, forensics, and data analytics. Ph.D. graduates are eligible for research positions in academia, industry, and government.

The Ph.D. degree is awarded to candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for conducting original research, have made a meaningful contribution to knowledge in the computing discipline, and have successfully defended a dissertation.

For admission information, contact Dr. Harold Pardue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 251.461.1600

In addition to the general admission requirements of the USA Graduate School, admission requirements for the Computing Ph.D. program are:

  1. A statement of purpose indicating the student’s personal goals and research interests. Because prospective students are matched with a faculty mentor, competitive applications align with the research areas of School of Computing graduate faculty.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from persons able to speak directly to the applicant’s ability to engage in advanced discovery and contribute new knowledge to the discipline.
  3. Curriculum vita
  4. A baccalaureate or graduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or a closely related field.
  5. An official transcript from each college or university attended.
  6. An undergraduate minimum gpa of 3.3 overall or a graduate minimum gpa of 3.5 overall (4 point scale).
  7. Official scores for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) including the AW portion.
  8. For international students, an official TOEFL or IELTS score.
  9. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.

Admission is competitive and the decision is based on a review of all submitted admission materials. A personal interview may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to submit samples of prior work. Requests for admission information should be addressed to Harold Pardue. All admissions materials should be sent to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall.

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