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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Doctor of Philosophy study in computer science (PCSC) at Louisiana State University − Baton Rouge offers talented students the opportunity to prepare for Research careers in universities or industrial laboratories. There is a strong and continuing demand for computer scientists to work at the frontiers of knowledge in both theoretical and applied specialties.
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The curriculum covers several areas related to theoretical foundations, systems and architecture, databases and data analytics, software, computational science, and digital media.

Year One

The student upon entering the program meets the Graduate Advisor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division who will serve as his/her primary mentor during the first year. The Graduate Advisor assesses the student's curriculum requirements and helps him/her schedule courses. A orientation/reception by the CSE Division is held in the beginning of every semester to welcome new graduate students and introduce them to the graduate study rules and regulations, active Research areas, and other opportunities. 

Year two

The student enrolls in the remaining core courses thereby making the first attempt to all core courses by the end of the second year. He or she may take Research hours (CSC 9000). The first attempt to the Research Qualifying Exam must be made. 

Year three

The student must retake the Research Qualifying in the fifth semester, and must also retake and pass (with B- or better grade) all core courses by the end of year three. He or she enrolls in Research hours (CSC 9000) in addition to regular courses (electives) and may also take the Ph.D. General Examination (aka Oral Proposal Defense). The student is also expected to start publishing Research papers. 

Year four

The student enrolls in Research hours (CSC 9000), and also in more courses as needed. The student must take Ph.D. General Examination (aka Oral Proposal Defense) which consists of a Research talk open to all faculty and students, and an evaluation by the committee. Extension to one more semester may be granted on advisory committee’s request pending the CSE Division Chair’s approval. The student is also expected to publish Research papers. 

Year five and beyond

The student enrolls in Research hours (CSC 9000) and is expected to publish Research papers. The Ph.D. Defense (aka Final Exam) is strongly recommended by the end of the 5th year and can be taken one semester after the General Exam. The student must give a Research talk open to all faculty and Ph.D. students, followed by the committee’s pass/fail decision. The Final exam requires the Dissertation be submitted to the advisory committee two weeks in advance and the exam be announced 3 days prior to the Examination date. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    55 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Distributed Systems 
  • High Performance Computing 
  • Design Issues in High-Speed Networks: Multicast, Pricing and Control 
  • Wireless Networks 
  • Special Topics in Computer Science 
  • Sensor Networking Concepts 
  • Computer Science Research Seminar
  • Selected Readings in Computer Science 
  • Dissertation Research 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • A copy of the name page of your passport
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Baton Rouge

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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