Computer Science Ph.D. Program

Key information
University Georgetown University
Country United States
Learning mode On-Campus
Pace Full-time
Duration 60 months
Tuition fee $2,358 per credit hour
Application deadline(s) January

Georgetown University is a renowned private research university in the United States and was recognized as one of the leading academic and research institutions in the world. It placed a high priority on developing a community of learning while delivering quality education. It offers an outstanding educational experience that makes a difference in the world. The university is dedicated to social justice and innovation in addressing the problems of the present and the future. It teaches its students to engage in society, become responsible citizens, and grow as active members living generously in service to others, especially to the most vulnerable people of the community. It offers a Doctoral Program in Computer Science that focuses on computer and network security, networking and distributed systems, cryptography and privacy, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, parallel and distributed algorithms, and information search and retrieval. The program will equip the students with comprehensive knowledge in areas of computer science including programming, computer hardware and architecture, discrete mathematics, probability, and statistics, and prepare them for their research study.

Students will focus on research areas including security and privacy, cryptography, privacy-enhancing technologies, data management, distributed optimization, and distributed computing, as well as artificial intelligence, data mining, computational linguistics, theoretical computer science, algorithms, forensics, and health informatics. Likewise, students will have a thorough understanding of data structures, streaming algorithms, data-centric computing, social media analysis, tamper-evident systems, and secure distributed systems. Throughout the program, students will select a research adviser, complete the Ph.D. coursework, pass the core qualifying requirement and area qualifying requirement, take Ph.D. seminar courses, complete an apprenticeship in teaching workshop program, and propose, perform, and defend a significant research project in the form of a written dissertation. Doctoral graduates will showcase their expertise in research as well as their practical experience in various areas of computer science and are ready to start their technical careers in different industries or teaching careers in academia.

The admission requirements for the Computer Science Ph.D. Program at Georgetown University are an online application and a non-refundable application fee, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science or related field from accredited academic institutions, official transcripts from all educational institutions attended, a GPA of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate studies, a strong background and professional experience in computer science, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume, and an English language proficiency IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 or TOEFL minimum overall score of 90.

The doctoral program has a full-time duration equivalent to 5 years. Students are required to pay the tuition fee of $2,358 per credit hour and an additional thesis research fee of $2,750 per semester. Other fees such as activity fees, health insurance, materials and technology fees, and meal plans will be charged in addition to the tuition cost. The university awards financial support, funding opportunities, fellowships, merit-based aid, and need-based aid to help its graduate students navigate the cost of education.

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