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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.0901
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Department (ESB)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Miguel Labrador
Phone: 813-974-3260
Email: mlabrador@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cse.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidates highest level of scholarly competence and demonstrated capability to independently conduct and report significant research in computer science and engineering. This achievement requires more than an accumulation of course credits over a stated period of residence. Scholarly competence is achieved through systematic study and investigation in the chosen discipline at an advanced level. The major professor and at least two committee members will be from the Computer Science and Engineering department. Research capability is developed during the course of study and is achieved through the completion of significant and independent research. The results of this research must be formally presented in a written dissertation and successfully defended before an examining committee. The dissertation must demonstrate the significance of the research as well as the candidates ability to organize and present her/his results in a professional manner.

Major Research Areas:

An excellent selection of courses and laboratories support graduate studies in algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, computer architecture, graphics, networks, computer vision, distributed systems, embedded systems, expert systems, formal verification, image processing, pattern recognition, robotics, databases, software engineering, computer security, compilers, programming languages, VLSI design, and CAD.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The GRE is required for all Ph.D. applicants. The median GRE scores of recently admitted students include 770 on the Quantitative portion and a Verbal Total of 450.For GRE tests taken after August 1, we require a minimum of 161 on the Quantitative portion (81 percentile) and a minimum of 150 (44 percentile) on the Verbal.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of B average (or equivalent) for all coursework completed during the last two years of undergraduate major.
  • Submission of TOEFL scores with an Internet-based score of 79 or higher for applicants from non-English speaking countries. If consideration of an assistantship is desired, the speaking score component of the TOEFL must be 26 or above
  • The TOEFL requirements may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
    • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, (Old Scores) or 153 with the New GRE scoring.
    • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning.
    • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English, (must be noted on the transcript).
    • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System, (IELTS).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • The applicant must also have mathematical preparation equivalent to that obtained from courses in Calculus through Differential Equations; knowledge of computer science and computer engineering, including logic design, computer architecture, data structures, operating systems, and analysis of algorithms. Students are assumed to have good programming skills. The majority of students accepted to the major possess an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics; however, students who hold an undergraduate degree in a related field are encouraged to apply.

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Major Requirements

Total Program hours:72 minimum (post-bachelors)
42 minimum (post-masters)
A minimum of 72 semester hours including dissertation hours beyond the baccalaureate degree are required of all Ph.D. students

Post-Bachelors: 72 hours minimum
Core 9 credit hours
Coursework 24 credit hours
Independent Study/Dir Research Up to 15 hours
Dissertation At least 20 credit hours

Post-Master's: 42 hours minimum
Core 9 credit hours
Independent Study/Dir Research Up to 15 hours
Dissertation At least 20 credit hours

Core Requirements 9 credit hours
COP 6611 Operating Systems (3)
EEL 6764 Principles of Computer Architecture (3)
COT 6405 Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms (3)

Coursework 33 credit hours
At least 33 credit hours in coursework excluding independent study and directed research. The exact distribution of these hours in the Computer Science and Engineering discipline will be determined by the student and the supervisory committee to provide the student with a stimulating educational experience.

Departmental Course Options (examples)
CAP 5400(3) Digital Image Processing
CAP 5625(3) Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CAP 5771 (3) Data Mining
CAP 6415 (3) Computer Vision
CAP 6455(3) Advanced Robotic Systems
CAP 6615(3) Neural Networks
CAP 6736 (3) Geometric Modeling
CDA 5416 (3) Computer System Verification
CNT 6215(3) Computer Networks
COP 6621(3) Programming Languages and Translation
EEL 5771(3) Introduction to Computer Graphics I
EEL 6706(3) Testing and Fault Tolerance in Digital Systems
CIS 6900 (1-19) Independent Study
CIS 6930 (1-5) Special Topics
CIS 6940 (1-4) Graduate Instruction Methods
CIS 6946 (0-3) Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice
CIS 6971 (2-19) Thesis: Masters

Independent Study/Directed Research 1-15 credit hours
Up to 15 credit hours of independent study/directed research.
CIS 6900 (1-15) Independent Study
CIS 7910 (1-15) Directed Research

Qualifying Examination
Students must pass the Ph.D. Qualifying examinations in Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Theory of Algorithms. The qualifying examination is a two-step process. First, students must get a GPA of 3.60 or better in these three courses within one year of enrollment, otherwise they will have to re-take only the necessary course(s) and get a GPA of 3.60 or better using the best three grades If a student does not meet these requirements by the end of the second year, he or she will be withdrawn from the Ph.D. program. Second, students must take the qualifying exam and pass it. Students are required to take the exam as soon as they meet the requirements of the first step.

Major Research-Area Paper and Future Research Directions
To fulfil this milestone, students are required to write a survey or research paper on his/her area of research as the lead author. A journal or conference paper already published will count towards this requirement. The student is then required to give an oral presentation on the subject to his/her major professor and a doctoral evaluating committee. The oral presentation must also contain a section on future research directions, a draft plan of research activities towards graduation. The presentation will be open to the public. The paper and presentation is to be completed within one year of passing the Qualifying Examinations and will have to be formally approved by his/her major professor the doctoral evaluating committee before applying for Candidacy.

Admission to Candidacy
A student will not be admitted to candidacy until a Doctoral committee has been appointed, and the committee has certified that the student has successfully completed the qualifying examination and the Major Research Area Paper and Future Research Directions presentation, and demonstrated the qualifications necessary to successfully complete the requirements for the degree. The admission to Candidacy form must be approved by the Dean of the college and forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies for final approval. The student may elect to enroll in dissertation credits in the semester following approval of the Admission to Candidacy form by Graduate Studies.

The students progress in the program is monitored by a supervisory doctoral committee, which is usually appointed at an early stage in the students major. This committee consists of at least five members, one of whom is outside the College of Engineering. The Major Professor will be a member of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Normally, two more Computer Science and Engineering faculty serve on the committee with a member in another department in the college.

The student must conduct research of sufficient quality that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to the field of computer science and engineering. Students must take at least 20 semester hours of doctoral dissertation credits;the exact number of credits is determined by the candidates supervisory committee. It is strongly recommended that doctoral students submit journal articles for publication relevant to dissertation research.

Dissertation hours - At least 20 credit hours
CIS 7980 (2-19) Dissertation

Student are required to take at least 20 hours of dissertation hours until they accumulate a minimum number of 72 hours in the major.

Dissertation Defense
A doctoral candidate must defend her/his research before her/his committee. The defense is usually open to the university community and conducted in accordance with the universitys general rules and regulations. The defense involves a formal presentation of the dissertation followed by a critical exchange between the candidate and the committee. The committee chairman moderates the proceedings and determines procedure, originality of the research, and contributions made by the candidate.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CAP5400, CAP5625, CAP5682, CAP5771, CAP6100, CAP6415, CAP6455, CAP6615, CAP6672, CAP6736, CDA5416, CIS6900, CIS6930, CIS6940, CIS7910, CNT6215, COP6621, EEL5771, EEL6706, EEL6766, CIS7980,