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How long will it take?

48 hours of graduate-level coursework must be completed

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Atlanta Campus

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Fall Semester: March 15

Computer Science, Ph.D.

The Georgia State University Computer Science Ph.D. program offers educational and research opportunities for students in a wide variety of research and technology areas, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Bioinformatics
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Architecture
  • Database
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Networks
  • Security and Privacy
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Programming Languages
  • Algorithms
  • Simulation and Software Engineering

Concentrations in Bioinformatics and Security & Privacy are available.

The department encourages applications from technology and teaching professionals and those with non-computer science but closely related degrees. Pursuing the Ph.D. program part-time is possible, so working professionals are encouraged to consider applying.

Program Highlights
  • Our program focuses on the cutting-edge advances in information technologies related to computer science, data science, cyber-security and bioinformatics.
  • Our faculty have won six National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards and one NSF CRII award, and have received research grants from variety of funding agencies such as the NSF, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Ph.D. students have opportunities to obtain fellowships through the Molecular Basis of Disease program in computational biomedicine and the Brains and Behavior program in neuroscience.
  • Our downtown location offers students great opportunities to land internships in metro Atlanta, which is becoming the next great tech hub.

Program Details

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Computer Science has the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate or master’s degree in computer science or its equivalent. While we welcome capable students with non-computer science degrees, they may need some foundation courses.
  2. A statement of background and goals.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for Ph.D. work in computer science.
  4. GRE (General) score.
  5. Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0.

Foundation Course Requirements      

We welcome students from all backgrounds. However, applicants are expected to have completed certain computer science foundation courses with a grade of B or higher in each. Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for a list of foundation courses. If you did not take all of these courses but the admission committee thinks you are talented, you will be asked to take the missing foundation courses during the first semester of enrollment at Georgia State, before starting your M.S. or Ph.D. coursework. Typically, we recommend that non-CS majors complete the CSC 1000–3000 level courses with a grade of B or higher before applying to our graduate program. You may also consider Georgia State’s post-baccalaureate program.

We also require the GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS for international students). Please be aware that English proficiency is not the only evaluation metric.

The following courses are required:

  • Foundation coursework in computer science with a grade of B or higher in 7 courses.
  • 48 hours of Ph.D. coursework. This includes 12 hours of core coursework, 12 hours of breadth coursework and 23 hours of elective courses.
  • 1 hour research training course to be taken in the first semester.

In addition, students must go through a qualifying process, form a dissertation committee, and pass a candidacy examination. Finally, each student must complete and defend a dissertation.

Students in the Bioinformatics Concentration must complete three bioinformatics courses, three biology courses, one chemistry course and a biostatistics course.


We consider all accepted students for financial aid at the time of admission; top students will be admitted with funding support. Once we receive your completed application, our graduate admission committee will review your application. Top candidates may receive funding (with a tuition waiver) such as fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and office assistantships in our department, as well as on-campus jobs at our university. More details will be provided once an admitted student shows up on campus.

Competitive financial aid is available for full-time Ph.D. students, along with tuition waivers.

The Computer Science Ph.D. program provides students with advanced training in the fundamental principles, processes and applications of information and computational technologies and data science.



The Computer Science Ph.D. program is flexible and suitable for a wide range of career interests, allowing our students to find their place in industry or research. Our doctoral program graduates pursue careers at leading universities, research institutions and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or find employment in leading information technology or biotech companies such as Google, GE, Anthem and Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Xiaojun Cao
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Associate Directors of Graduate Studies

Dr. Wei Li
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Dr. Ashwin Ashok
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College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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