Computer Science PhD
The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.
Total Units Required: 10
|10 graded units of graduate coursework|
COMP_SCI 401-0 (Introduction to Graduate Studies) is required and should be taken in the fall quarter of the first year
Track-specific course requirements are given in the CS Ph.D. Manual
|The normal full-time course load is three units and the maximum is four units per academic quarter. All students receiving financial aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants, etc.) must register as full-time students.|
Other Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- Advisor: The CS Ph.D. program uses an apprenticeship model. A Ph.D. student is required to find an advisor by the end of their third quarter (typically spring quarter,) ideally earlier. The advisor must have a primary or partial academic appointment in the Computer Science Department, though courtesy faculty may be co-advisors.
- Research:The CS Ph.D. program focuses on training researchers. Learning how to do research is accomplished mostly by doing research. A Ph.D. student is expected to become involved in research from the first quarter. Research continues throughout the program, becoming increasingly self-guided as it does so, and culminates in the student's thesis work.
- Examinations: Qualifying Exam, Thesis Proposal (Prospectus), Oral Thesis Defense, and Written Dissertation.
- Teaching: at least one experience as an instructor, or teaching assistant
- Details of the above and other aspects of the CS Ph.D. program are given in the CS Ph.D. Manual, which can be found on the departmental web site or via phd.cs.northwestern.edu