Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Grad School
Greetings from Dr. Schwiebert

The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, 30 of which must be earned as dissertation credit. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees. The computer science doctoral program is designed to be flexible, in order to meet the individual student's interests and to reflect the dynamic nature of the field. The program is comprised of seven major stages (http://engineering.wayne.edu/cs/phd/cs-phd_timeline.pdf):

  1. Advisor/Program Selection
  2. Proficiency Examination
  3. Qualifying Examination 
  4. Dissertation Committee Formation
  5. Candidacy
  6. Prospectus
  7. Dissertation


Before contacting academic staff  and/or sending emails, please check this page as most of your questions are answered here:

1. Graduate Admission for Prospective Students 
2. Graduate Advising for Current Students 
Most of your general questions and required forms can be found at the Graduate School web site.