Overview of Ph.D. degree

The department offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in a range of specializations. All students must take a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work and a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation.  All students must be enrolled during the semester their degree is awarded, must be enrolled at Howard University a minimum of 4 semesters.  At most 24 credit hours can be transferred into the program from another university.  At most 6 credit hours of undergraduate course work can be applied to the program, but must be approved by the faculty advisor

PhD Program

The PhD program in the Computer Science Department provides intensive preparation in the concepts and techniques related to the design, programming, and application of computing systems.  The program requires the student to declare a major and minor.  The major must be selected from one of the specializations below.  The minor can be a computer science specialization or from any specialization offered in any other graduate program at Howard University.  The student’s minor selection must be approved by their major advisor to assure synergy between the selected major and minor specializations.  The Computer Science Department at Howard University offers the following computer science specializations:

  • Software engineering,
  • Cybersecurity,
  • Artificial intelligence,
  • Computer networks,
  • Computing systems.
  • Computational science.
  • Computer Science Education.


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