Ph.D. On Campus

Computer Science

New York University

24 months
1798 USD/credit 67425 USD/year
1798 USD/credit 67425 USD/year
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We have a thriving PhD in Computer Science program at the New York University with approximately 50 full-time PhD students hailing from all corners of the world. Most full-time PhD students have scholarships that cover tuition and provide a monthly stipend. 


Our current research strengths include Internet and web research, cybersecurity, graphics, visualization, vision and image processing, and theoretical computer science.

In order to obtain a PhD in Computer Science degree at the New York University, a student must complete a minimum of 75 credits of graduate work beyond the BS degree, including at least 21 credits of dissertation. A Master of Science in Computer Science may be transferred as 30 credits without taking individual courses into consideration. Other graduate coursework in Computer Science may be transferred on a course-by-course basis. Graduate coursework in areas other than Computer Science can be transferred on a course-by-course basis with approval of the PhD Committee (PHDC). The School of Engineering places some limits on the number and types of transfer credits that are available. Applications for transfer credits must be submitted for consideration before the end of the first semester of matriculation. Further details can be found in the School of Engineering bulletin.

Individual Study Plan

Each incoming PhD student will be assigned to a research advisor, or to an interim advisor, who will provide academic advising until the student has a research advisor. The advisor will meet with the student when the student enters the program to guide the student in formulating an Individual Study Plan. The purpose of the plan is to guide the student’s course choice for the first two years in the program and to ensure that the student meets the breadth requirements. The plan may also specify additional courses to be taken by the student in order to acquire necessary background and expertise. Subsequent changes to the plan must be approved by the advisor.

Breadth Requirement

Each PhD student must complete a breadth requirement consisting of 6 courses. To remain in good academic standing, students must fulfill the breadth requirement within 24 months of entering the PhD program.

Students who do not fulfill the breadth requirement within 24 months will be dismissed from the program, unless an exception is granted by the PHDC. The PHDC will consult with the student’s research advisor to decide whether an exception is granted and to determine the conditions the student needs to meet.

Programme Structure

  • satisfy a breadth course requirement, intended to ensure broad knowledge of computer science,
  • satisfy a depth requirement, consisting of an oral qualifying exam presentation with a written report, to ensure the student's ability to do research,
  • submit a written thesis proposal and make an oral presentation about the proposal,
  • write a PhD thesis that must be approved by a dissertation guidance committee and present an oral thesis defense, and
  • satisfy all School of Engineering requirements for the PhD degree, as described in the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering bulletin, including graduate study duration, credit points, GPA, and time-to-degree requirements.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


75 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires all applicants to complete the online application and does not accept paper-based applications. If you have any issues with submitting an application via the online application system, please contact our office. The application must be completed and electronically submitted on or before the posted deadline for the term of entry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    67425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1798 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    67425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1798 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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