Advisor and program selection

The first stage is devoted to the selection of a faculty advisor, taking course work and the production of a Plan of Work. Students are encouraged to investigate the different areas of research available by meeting various graduate faculty to decide on an advisor. Advisor selection should be done within the first semester of admission. Once the selection of an advisor has been made and approved, the student will then begin course work selection and outlining the Plan of Work. The approved Plan of Work must designate a primary area of research and a minor field outside of the department. The student is encouraged, in consultation with the advisor, to define his/her primary and minor fields of interest by forming a cohesive grouping of available graduate courses.   

The Plan of Work must include: 

  • A total of 90 credits of course work and dissertation research credits. Of the 90 credits required, 60 credits must be taken in course work and 30 credits taken from doctoral dissertation research credits. 
  • 12 (or 18) of the 60 credits in course work must be computer science courses, excluding CSC 7990 Directed Study.
  • 30 of the 60 credits in course work must be at or above the 7000 level. 
  • At least six of the 60 credits in course work must be in the minor area. 
  • 21 of the 7000-level credits must be in course work other than CSC7990 Directed Study. 
  • CSC6500 Theory of Languages and Automata, and CSC6580 Analysis of Algorithms must be elected and passed with a grade of “B” or better. 
  • Students may transfer graduate credit toward their Ph.D. degree, but only courses with a “B” or better will be accepted. Thirty of the 60 credits in course work must be completed in residence at WSU.