Fully Funded PhD in Computer Science at University of Colorado Boulder
Earning your PhD in computer science can prepare you to start your own research-based company, launch your career as an academic or access some of the highest-paying industry jobs.
We offer a collaborative, supportive environment that allows you to explore interdisciplinary opportunities and find your personal research passion in computer science. All PhD students in the department receive 100% funding through assistantships, fellowships and faculty research grants.
PhD in Computer Science Program Requirements
For PhD applicants, the Department of Computer Science welcomes PhD applications from interdisciplinary backgrounds. Modern computer science often combines important ideas from multiple fields, including physics, mathematics, economics, biology, psychology, and more.
We welcome students from all such backgrounds, and do not require a prior degree in computer science. Applicants should identify a common research interest with faculty and communicate with students in their labs before application.
1. Be a research-based MS student. Course-based MS students interested in this option should petition and receive prior approval by the Graduate Committee before applying.
2. Must have completed at least one year within our CSEN-MS program and have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the program.
3. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in both undergrad and MS degree.
4. Strong letter of support including funding plan from a CS faculty member.
PhD Funding Coverage
Financial aid is available to PhD students in the form of teaching and research assistantships. These allow students to provide support for faculty either in teaching a class or in conducting research, while receiving a stipend and tuition waiver in return.
1. Complete the Online Application.
2. Pay the $60 application fee ($80 for international applicants).
3. Submit your IETLS/TOEFL or Duoloingo scores, if you are an international student.
4. Submit three letters of recommendation. Requests will be sent to your recommenders when you enter them in the Online Application. Please DO NOT request more than THREE letters.
5. Upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended, regardless of length of attendance and whether you completed the courses. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.
6. Upload your Statement of Purpose in the Online Application. Statement should include why you want to pursue graduate work in Computer Science and what you would like to do after you have received your degree. Treat this as your personal and research statement. There are no word or page limits or any format for this SOP. However, keeping it concise to a page or two will be appreciated.
December 15, 2023
$60 application fee ($80 for international applicants).