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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Burlington, VT, United States
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computer Science at University of Vermont offers study in both traditional and cross-disciplinary areas such as bioinformatics and ecological modeling. 
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Doctoral programs are fundamentally different from Bachelor's or Master's degree programs. Like other programs, doctoral students gain a base level of knowledge through course work. The difference, however, comes with research. Whereas a Bachelor's or Master's student may undertake a research project, it merely provides a complement to the course work and is clearly guided by a faculty advisor. Doctoral research is the focus of a doctoral student's studies. Doctoral research is much more self-guided and exploratory than research done in the other programs. Future employers typically select doctoral students on the quality and originality of their thesis research, not their grades in course work. Reflecting this focus, the bulk of time and effort during a student's doctoral studies is spent on thesis research.

In the last thirty-plus years, computer science has developed into a rich academic discipline. But computers and computation also play a key role in many research disciplines, including (but not limited to) engineering, biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics and education. Against such a backdrop, our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program produces Computer Science professionals capable of teaching and performing original research at the university level as well as in industrial or other professional settings.

Our faculty in Computer Science are involved in the forefront of research in data mining, distributed systems, and evolutionary & agent-based computing. Our interdisciplinary work cuts across all areas of campus, with current emphasis in bioinformatics, computational imaging, computational engineering, and ecological modeling. Our faculty publish in prestigious journals and conferences in Computer Science, have significant research grants from federal agencies (such as NSF, NIH, DOE, and DOD), and serve on editorial boards, conference committees, National Science Foundation review panels, and leading professional societies.

Computer Science students from University of Vermont are expected to include courses from beyond the traditional realm of computer science. Students are encouraged to consider research topics that combine computer science with other disciplines. The Department has a broad range of secondary faculty appointments with primary interests in other fields who may be used as a student's thesis advisor. Many other faculty at the University have a research interest that includes computer science or computation; these faculty can serve as a co-advisor to a student (see degree requirements, below).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Probability Theory CS
  • Operating Systems
  • Theory of Computation
  • Bio-Informatics
  • Databases

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

A student interested in a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science must submit a complete application packet including:

  • non-refundable Application Fee ($65.00), submitted online
  • complete collegiate transcripts
  • statement of purpose and experience (available as part of the packet)
  • three reference letters
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general scores
  • Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) score if your native language is not English or if your formal education has been conducted in a language other than English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16768 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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