University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Computer Science Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy - Computer Science

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • All Computer Science Ph.D. students have a common set of requirements. Students must take at least 3 credits per semester and complete a total of 60 credits.
  • The student is required to complete at least 6 course credits per semester until the core courses and addition 18 credit requirements have been completed.
  • The student must earn a B or better in the required core courses and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the curriculum approved by the Advisory Committee, or the student will be placed on academic probation. The student has one semester to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher; failure to raise the GPA to a satisfactory level will result in removal from the graduate program. Grades of less than a C do not count toward degree, but still count in the cumulative GPA.
  • Graduate-level courses taken while pursuing an M.S. may be applied toward Ph.D. course requirements. 
Core Courses - Complete all of the following courses:
CSCI 501Graduate Research Methods3
CSCI 532Advanced Algorithm Topics3
Additional Requirements - Complete 18 additional credits of graduate courses meeting the following conditions:18
Of these, at least 12 must be CSCI courses.
Of these, at least 12 must be at the 500-level.
No more than 6 total credits of Independent Study may be applied to this requirement.
These do not include thesis, research, or seminar credits.
Students must participate in the 1-credit CS Research Seminar course throughout their tenure on campus and must coordinate that seminar for one semester.
Thesis and Dissertation Credits - Complete 36 credits of thesis and dissertation:36
Total Hours60