Fully Funded PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at University of South Florida
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate’s highest level of scholarly competence and demonstrated capability to independently conduct and report significant research in computer science and engineering. This achievement requires more than an accumulation of course credits over a stated period of residence.
Scholarly competence is achieved through systematic study and investigation in the chosen discipline at an advanced level. The major professor and at least two committee members will be from the Computer Science and Engineering department.
Research capability is developed during the course of study and is achieved through the completion of significant and independent research. The results of this research must be formally presented in a written dissertation and successfully defended before an examining committee.
The dissertation must demonstrate the significance of the research as well as the candidate’s ability to organize and present her/his results in a professional manner.
PhD Program Requirements
Each applicant to a graduate degree program at the University of South Florida is required to meet the following minimum requirements. An applicant must have one of the following (a, b, or c):
A.) A bachelor’s degree satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
- “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working toward a baccalaureate degree, or
- “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as a graduate student working for a graduate degree.
B.) A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better. In cases where an applicant has a bachelor’s and a graduate degree at the time of admission, the credentials and GPA of the graduate degree will be the determining factor for admission.
C.) The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution. Bachelor’s degrees from institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are considered equivalent based on the Bologna Accord. For applicants with a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree with less than 120 hours, from Non-Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from a NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.
PhD Funding Coverage
For outstanding graduate students, Computer Science and Engineering offers financial help. Almost all our PhD students are covered by financial aid of one form or another. We always have new assistantships (TA/RA) for new PhD students entering the Department. It comes with a stipend for a fall/spring appointment of 20 hours per week plus tuition waiver.
- A complete application includes:
- Unofficial Transcripts (including the grade sheet and diploma, if applicable)
- PDF of GRE Scores
- Statement of Purpose
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (Must be on official letterhead with recommender’s title and contact)
- PDF of English Proficiency Scores, if applicable
January 15, 2024
All applicants are required to submit an application fee of $30.00 USD for admission to the University of South Florida.