Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

The innovative Computer Science Ph.D. program blends the highest level of theoretical foundations in Computer Science with the study of real-world problems. The curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career as a cutting-edge researcher or an experienced educator who can meet current and projected market demands for technological advancements in computing. You can apply expertise from this CS program to a future career in academia, research, business, industry, and government.

This degree is best suited for those with a background in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, or Game Design (bachelor’s or master’s degree). If you come from a non-computer science undergraduate or graduate background, the program offers foundation courses to prepare you for the essential demands of this doctoral program.



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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face (select classes are online or hybrid format)

Number of Credits Hours: 72 Total Hours

Entry Terms:  Fall Only

Time to Complete: 4-5 Years

Application Deadlines:

  • February 1st
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Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH regionally accredited College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • GPA - A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 from an undergraduate degree or 3.50 from a graduate degree.
  • GRE Score Report - Optional. Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. 
  • Resume or CV - Can be uploaded into the online application.
  • Statement of how this degree facilitates your career goals, recent accomplishments and activities, and research interest. 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation -At least one must be from academic source and at least one from professional contact.
  • Successful completion of Math course through Calculus II and Discrete Math, and undergraduate Data Structures Course.
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Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Customized Research – Conduct innovative research projects tailored to your specific professional goals, whether in academia or the applied research needs of industry.

  • Study Flexibility – Gain valuable expertise in advanced areas of study, including artificial intelligence, data engineering/science, computer and network security, information technology, software engineering and project development.

  • Internships – You will have many opportunities to gain hands-on, real-world experience by participating in internships during your time in the program, preparing you to advance in your career.

  • Practical Skill Application – Develop the practical CS and research skills that can be applied to high-paying industry fields immediately upon graduation.

  • Graduate Research Assistantships – Admitted full-time students are fully funded (as funds allow) through the duration of the program, receiving a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) stipend and tuition/fee waivers.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Salary and Career Information

Department of Computer Science

Kennesaw State University
Department of Computer Science
680 Arntson Drive,
Room J 377, MD 9047
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (470) 578-3889

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