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.

  •  Classes start October 04, 2015

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The Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for computer science professionals, consultants, and academics. The program encourages students to think and act strategically and facilitates the ability to make positive contributions in their chosen area of technical expertise.

Outcomes:

  • The program prepares the graduates to be knowledgeable consultants, academics, or professionals in their areas of expertise.
  • The program prepares the graduates to be thought leaders in their field in academia or industry.
  • The program prepares the graduates to be scholars who are able to contribute to the body of knowledge.

Each of the three years of the DCS program is designed to provide candidates with theoretical, research, and application capabilities in the field. The organization of each year is described below.

Concentrations

Choose from one of four concentrations to specialize in your area of choice.

Year 1: Foundations
Year one focuses on computer science and information systems topics and an orientation to research and writing at the doctoral level. Coursework covers current topics in the disciplines as well as research methods and qualitative techniques. The research component results in a broad overview of the student’s area of concentration in order to put the research into context and inform the student’s selection of a research topic.

Year 2: Acquisition of Knowledge
Once the foundations are in place, year two is where each student develops an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and research methods in his or her chosen area of study. While most of the effort in year two is on developing a richer understanding of the discipline, the research courses include quantitative methods and the dissertation process.

Year 3: Leadership and Professional Advancement
Coursework in the final year of the program includes the two remaining concentration courses plus the final six doctoral research courses that enable one to complete the research and dissertation.

The program thus includes fifteen instructional courses, plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online.

Symposium
Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be viewed in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements
In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credits with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research proposal and final dissertation. The research proposal must be approved by the student's committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers. The dissertation is an extensive document that incorporates the literature review, a major study, and a proposal for further investigation. The dissertation must be approved by the student's committee.

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 RES893 Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.

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.

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core
RES804 Principles of Research Methods and Design

4

RES812 Qualitative Research Methods

4

RES814 Quantitative Research Methods

4

RES860 Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

4

RES861 Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

4

RES862 Dissertation Research Process

4

RES863 Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

4

RES864 Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

4

RES865 Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

4

RES866 Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

4

RES867 Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

4

RES868 Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

4

Courses: Concentration
Choose from one of four concentrations to see required courses
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 96

RES804 Principles of Research Methods and Design

This course provides a general understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods within the context of research designs. Research design is the plan for the selection and application of accepted research practices. Research methods provide models for the appropriate collection, organization and analysis of data for decision-making, replication, and contribution to a knowledge base. Additionally, this course supports doctoral students’ abilities to demonstrate an understanding of the research purpose, nature and forms of research design and their relationship to research questions, methods for data collection and data analyses.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
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RES812 Qualitative Research Methods

This course examines the fundamental principles of qualitative inquiry differentiating among various qualitative research designs. Includes active engagement and practice with capturing qualitative data including being a participant observer and an interviewer. Students will learn how to minimize threats to the internal validity of qualitative studies, focusing on specific techniques for interpretation of data that contributes to the authenticity of qualitative studies.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
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RES814 Quantitative Research Methods

Students will learn fundamental concepts of designing, collecting and assessing quantitative data. The course covers descriptive measures as well as various forms of probability and inferential analysis. Exploration of multivariate statistics will be practiced via large datasets using statistical analysis software.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
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RES860 Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

RES860 is the first course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, and produces a written document that shows adequate progress toward completion of dissertation research.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES861 Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

RES861 is the second course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, and produces a written document that shows adequate progress toward completion of dissertation research.

Prerequisites

RES860

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES862 Dissertation Research Process

This course presents doctoral students to the dissertation research process and applies relevant integrative understanding of complementary disciplines. It examines in depth the research process and introduces doctoral candidates to the various aspects of conducting valid research. Topics in this course include: hypothesis formulization, designing a literature review, conniving data collection techniques, ethical issues in research, and dissertation research design.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES863 Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

RES863 is the third course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, produces a review of the literature.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES864 Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

RES864 is the fourth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires: fine tuning the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, strengthening the review of the literature, drafting a methods chapter (min), and drafting a chapter one. Students may surpass this description as they are able.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES865 Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

RES865 is the fifth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: producing a defense-ready draft of Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (the research proposal), undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application.

Prerequisites

RES864

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES866 Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

RES866 is the sixth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application, proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis.

Prerequisites

RES865

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES867 Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

RES867 is the seventh course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis, working on initial drafting of chapters 4 & 5, and preparing for Final Defense. Course is pass/fail.

Prerequisites

RES866

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

RES868 Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

RES868 is the eighth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: completing Data Collection and Analysis as needed, completing work on chapters 4 &5, undertaking the Final Defense, modifying document as required by the committee, editing of final document for publishing, and University sign off. Course is pass/fail.

Prerequisites

RES867

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Computer Science
×

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.

$57,408 Tuition

$4,000 Symposium Fee*
$200 Graduation Fee

We understand that paying for your education is an investment in your future. Visit our tuition resources page for links to full tuition, books and fees.

Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

*A $1,000 non-refundable fee is charged to a student’s account each quarter in which a student is registered for symposium (attendance at four symposia are required as part of the degree). This fee covers administrative costs such as conference rooms, AV equipment, academic event materials and supplies that are associated with the symposium event. Please see the Doctoral Symposium section of the catalog for more information.
**Financial aid available for those who qualify

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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