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Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree in Computer Science is offered through the Computer Science graduate program.  Requirements include 90 semester hours of graduate-level credit. All work must be completed within seven years.

General requirements include: Completing the Breadth Requirement and passing the Research Proficiency Exam (Preliminary Examination); successfully presenting a research plan to one’s supervisory committee at a research proposal meeting; and completing the research plan, writing a dissertation, and successfully defending the dissertation in an open forum.

General Requirements

  • Completing the Breadth Requirement
  • Passing the Research Proficiency Exam (RPE)
  • Passing the Preliminary Examination
  • Completing a Proposal Defense
  • Writing a dissertation and successfully defending the dissertation in an open forum.


Course Work Requirements:

  • 24 hours of course credit at Kansas State University beyond the master’s degree level
  • 15 hours must be 800 level or above
  • One or more courses in theoretical or fundamental topics
  • At least 30 hours of Ph.D. research credits.

Refer to the Ph.D Handbook (pdf) for more detailed requirements.

Additional Resources

Electronic Form Submission - All forms must be submitted electronically using the link to the left and must include department advisor, Sheryl Cornell (cornell@ksu.edu), as the Program Advisor. The PDF forms listed below are working copies for the students to use as a guide.  The electronic form submission has a time limit. Therefore, a student must be prepared with the necessary information before they start. 

PhD Advising Form with RPE Form(pdf)

RPE Form (pdf)

Graduate Certificate Completion (pdf)