Doctor of Computer Science

CTU’s Doctor of Computer Science degree program has been designed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of a specialized subject related to computer science so that you can predict trends and, ultimately, make contributions in your area of expertise. Along with intensive research and writing projects, you will have the opportunity to explore high level design issues, evaluate methods of maintaining security in distributed systems, develop a software process improvement plan for an organization and design, test and implement an experiment – including reporting on the results.

CTU offers five concentrations for the Doctor of Computer Science, allowing students to focus their degrees.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  96

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online:1 Online

Program Details

Concentrations
Career Paths
Curriculum
Graduation Requirements
The Doctoral Advantage
  • Concentrations

    CTU offers focused concentrations for the Doctor of Computer Science degree to better prepare you to excel in this competitive field. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Career Paths

    CTU's Doctor of Computer Science degree builds on the foundation of a master’s degree to prepare students for senior level leadership, consulting, and teaching positions within business, government, nonprofit organizations, and higher education. CTU doctoral students are educated to discover new solutions to unsolved problems in a range of fields. Students develop analytic and research skills to define problems, study advanced content knowledge to discover innovative solutions, and practice consulting and leadership techniques to facilitate innovative change in organizations, communities, and society. Using these skills, graduates may find opportunities as leaders within nonprofit organizations and businesses, as consultants, or as faculty within higher education.

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  • Curriculum

    The core courses for the Doctor of Computer Science degree program include:

    • Doctoral Research I
    • Current Topics in the Discipline
    • Doctoral Research II
    • Project Management and Process Engineering
    • Doctoral Research III
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Doctoral Research IV
    • Doctoral Research V
    • Doctoral Research VI
    • Doctoral Research VII
    • Doctoral Research VIII
    • Requirements Engineering
    • Doctoral Research IX
    • Doctoral Research X
    • Doctoral Research XI
    • Software Architecture and Design
    • Futuring and Innovation
    • Doctoral Research XII

    Doctorate degree program courses are taught in an executive format, combining an active online component with an intensive residential symposium. The program includes twelve 5-credit instructional courses, taken one per quarter for three years, plus a research class taken each quarter.

    Students are required to attend an intensive two and half day residential symposium a minimum of five times during their enrollment in the program. The symposia are scheduled four times throughout the year and doctoral students are welcome to attend all four symposia available. First term doctoral students will have an additional required CTU student orientation the day prior to the residential symposium for returning students.

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  • Graduation Requirements

    In addition to the successful completion of all 96 credits with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research proposal and final dissertation. These documents must be approved by the student’s committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers.

    Degree Completion and Post Doctoral Study

    The student must be continuously enrolled until all graduation requirements are fulfilled. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for CS893 Research Continuation according to CTU's re-take policy.

    In addition, a student may achieve a Post Doctoral Certificate if approved for that in advance by the doctoral dean. A typical program would include successful completion of four courses plus creation of two academic papers of publishable quality after the award of the CTU doctoral degree.

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  • The Doctoral Advantage

    While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MSCS, MSIT, MSM-ISS, MSM-IT/PM, or MSSE degree while starting work on the Doctor of Computer Science degree. The program outcomes remain the same for the DCS and the master’s degrees under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after ten of the twelve required master’s courses have been successfully completed. Program plans must be approved by the Dean of Doctoral Computer Science.

    Note, however, that for the MSSE degree to be awarded under doctoral advantage the student must successfully complete SE600, SE610, SE612 (for CTU Virtual Campus students), and SE620.

    The MSCS, MSIT, MSM-ISS, MSM-IT/PM, or MSSE degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus the first two courses in the doctoral degree program: one five-hour 800-level course plus one research and writing course.

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