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Note: Ph.D. students must maintain a 3.5 GPA in coursework taken at GSU.
I. Foundation coursework (0-40 hours)
If any of the following foundation courses in Computer Science or Mathematics have not been taken in another program, these must be completed at the earliest. 4000-level foundation courses must be taken as their 6000-level counterparts by graduate students.
Foundation coursework in computer science with a grade of at least a "B" in each of the following:
Foundation coursework in mathematics with at least a "B" in each of the following:
II. Ph.D. coursework (48 hours)
Of these 48 hours, no more than 12 hours can be taken at the 6000 level. These 12 hours exclude any of the foundation courses previously listed.
CSc 9900: Seminar in Computer Science (1 hour)
A research training course which must be taken in the first semester.
Required Coursework (24 hours)
CORE Coursework (12 hours): Take one from each of the following three groups.
BREADTH Coursework (12 hours): Take one each from three groups.
Electives (23 hours)
III. Qualifying Process
The qualifying process consists of two parts:
The student is required to complete one course in each of the three CORE areas (ALGORITHMS, ARCHITECTURE, and SYSTEMS) and receive at least 2 A's and 1 B grade in these courses to meet the curriculum requirement of the qualifying process.
The objective of the research examination is to assess the student's potential to begin doctoral-level research. The examination will assess the studenr's abilities to:
The student will request the research examination in an area /sub-area of computer science. A committee of three faculty members will choose two advanced research papers and assign to the student. After a period of time, the student will present a written report and schedule an oral defense in which there will be general questioning by the committee. The result of the exam is PASS/FAIL. A student who receives a FAIL in the first attempt will be given a second and final attempt.
TIMELINE: A typical student (one who is admitted to the Ph.D. program with very few foundation courses to take) is expected to qualify by the end of the third semester (excluding summers) after admission.
IV. Dissertation Committee
V. Candidacy Examination (within 2 years of passing the qualifying examination)
The candidacy examination consists of a written proposal on the research to be carried out and an oral presentation to the dissertation committee. Upon successful completion of the candidacy examination, a student is declared a candidate for the doctoral degree. An unsuccessful result in the candidacy examination would require the student to take the candidacy examination a second and last time within 3 semesters (excluding summers).
VI. Dissertation (24 hours of CSc 9999)
Can start registering of CSc 9999 only after passing qualifying examination.
VII. Written Dissertation and Oral Defense