Doctor of Computer Science - General

The Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) degree at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for computer science professionals, consultants, and academics. The program can encourage you to think and act strategically, and develop your ability to predict future trends and make positive contributions in your area of technical expertise through mentoring, action research and practical projects. You can also perform research that advances the field of computer science and perfect your ability to effectively communicate technical material to non-technical decision makers.

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

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  • Calendar icon Program Length  36 Months

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  96

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

Program Details

Career Paths
Graduation Requirements
  • Concentrations

    The General concentration is just one of the industry-relevant concentrations CTU offers in the Doctor of Computer Science degree program. 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 General concentration is just one of the industry-relevant concentrations CTU offers in the Doctor of Computer Science degree program. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

    Electives: Select six 5-credit hour courses*

    These six classes can be selected from the list of elective courses below plus any other 800-level classes approved by the Dean.

    • Simulation and Modeling
    • Usability and Interaction
    • Advanced Topics in Database Systems
    • Concurrent and Distributed Systems
    • System Metrics and Risk Analysis
    • Networking and Security

    *DCS students must complete six 5-credit classes that form a coherent area of study.

    Doctorate degree program courses are taught in an executive format, combining an active online component with an intensive residential symposium lasting two and a half days with an additional orientation day the first quarter. Students are required to attend two of these quarterly symposia each year. The program also includes twelve 5-credit instructional courses, taken one per quarter for three years, plus a research-and-writing class taken each quarter.

    Students are required to attend an intensive two and a half day residential symposium twice annually. 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.

    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.

    Year 1: Foundations

    Year one focuses on computer science and software engineering topics and an orientation to research and writing at the doctoral level. Coursework covers current topics in computer science and software engineering, requirements engineering, project management and process engineering, and research methods. Considerations of digital systems security are covered in each of these courses. The research and writing component results in a broad overview of current research in digital systems security and inform the student’s selection of a research topic. Students prepare research proposals and begin their research.

    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 areas and research methods in digital systems security. Coursework includes four pedagogy courses and four research and writing courses. Topics covered in the pedagogy courses include security foundations, developing secure systems, applications security, and communication security. The research and writing courses further develop each student’s research.

    Year 3: Leadership and Professional Advancement

    Coursework in the final year of the program includes a course in enterprise security architecture, a course on futuring and innovation, and two elective courses. The research component results in documentation of the student’s applied research in a final dissertation.

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