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PhD Graduate Program Guide

Doctoral Program

Typical Accepted Student

We prefer PhD students who have:

  1. A master's degree in computer science or a related field, preferably with thesis as evidence of research aptitude.
  2. A 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous work, preferably with advanced course work.
  3. A sum of verbal and quantitative scores of 310 or more on the GRE and a 160 on the GRE quantitative score. Also, the GRE computer science subject exam is encouraged.
  4. Students whose primary language is not English must satisfy the UTA English proficiency requirement (TOEFL/SPEAK test) to qualify for an assistantship.
  5. Strong recommendations (at least three), preferably from university faculty in technical areas.
  6. A solid statement of goals indicating an area of doctoral-level research, which can be supported by the department. The statement must have specific research area(s) that the student seeks to pursue and PhD in, and not a broad and general statement of interest encompassing all areas of CSE.
  7. An international student whose native language is not English is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, If the score is less than 92 (IBT max=120), the applicant may be required to take additional English courses after admittance to the Graduate School.

Entrance Requirements and Procedures

See the Entrance Requirements section of the Graduate Program Guide (MS) for application procedures and evaluation criteria. When all materials have been collected in the Graduate School office, the complete package is forwarded to the Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Advisor for evaluation. Applicants are required to submit a statement outlining their goals and objectives for graduate study along with their application. This will be used by the Graduate Studies Committee to ascertain whether available faculty expertise and interest can properly support the student's dissertation research.

Applicants currently in the master's program at UTA should file a Request to Continue beyond the Master's Degree, along with a new statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation from faculty members. UTA students seeking continuation into the PhD program will be subjected to the same criteria as applied in evaluating new applicants. Please note that among other things, the admission committee places significant emphasis on the thesis work pursued in your Masters program.

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