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Program description


The interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in computing integrates coursework and research projects from computer science, information systems, and information technology, resulting in individuals who can merge different perspectives and create impactful advancements in areas such as Cyber-Security, Digital Forensics, Big Data, and Cloud Computing.

Admission requirements

PhD in Computing

In addition to the general admission requirements of the USA Graduate School, admission requirements for the Computing Ph.D. program are:

  • A statement of purpose indicating the student’s personal goals and research interests. Because prospective students are matched with a faculty mentor, competitive applications align with the research areas of School of Computing graduate faculty.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons able to speak directly to the applicant’s ability
  • to engage in advanced discovery and contribute new knowledge to the discipline.
  • Curriculum vita.
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or a closely related field. A graduate degree is not required for admission.
  • An undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.3 overall or a graduate minimum GPA of 3.5 overall (4 point scale).
  • Official scores for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) including the AW portion. Applicants whose highest degree is a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education will not be required to provide GRE scores since these applicants may qualify for Regular Admission based upon their previous graduate work.
  • For international students, an official TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or PET score is needed.
  • A completed application for admission to the Graduate School. Admission is competitive and the decision is based on a review of all submitted admission materials.
  • A personal interview may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to submit samples of prior work.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • In-State: 465.00 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: 930.00 per credit hour

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University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides our students with an exceptional education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. Located in Mobile, Alabama on the...

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University of South Alabama

555 N. University Blvd
36688 Mobile Alabama
United States of America

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