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You are already very knowledgeable in computer science but have the passion to expand your knowledge by obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science. With robust opportunities in both academic and industry settings for Ph.D.’s in the field, there has never been a better time to pursue an advanced degree in CS, and Montana State University is a great place to do so. Our faculty and staff have been involved in a wide range of research projects throughout their careers and you will have unique opportunities to expand your knowledge through courses, research, and projects. You will graduate with an incredibly marketable degree, and knowledge and experience that will prepare you for the workforce.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is generally intended for students who have a B.S. or M.S. degree in Computer Science and who want to pursue a research and/or college-level teaching career. The program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science is rigorous and requires coursework, research, exams, and the writing of a dissertation.

To help you to understand the requirements for the Ph.D. degree it is important to understand how the Ph.D. program is administered by the University. Since the Ph.D. degree is a graduate degree, it is ultimately managed by The Graduate School at MSU. Therefore, to earn a Ph.D. degree, a student must satisfy the requirements of:

Whether you are a prospective Ph.D. student just checking us out, or a newly admitted Ph.D. student wondering how to proceed you are at the right place. Follow the links below to learn what you need to know.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Menu

Important Dates

For Fall admission:

  • January 15 – Priority application deadline.

  • February 15 – Application deadline for all international applicants needing a new visa (regardless of funding) and all domestic applicants seeking GTA funding.

  • March 15 – Department decision forwarded to Graduate School.

For Spring admission:

  • September 1 – Application deadline for all students regardless of funding status.

  • September 30 – Department decision forwarded to Graduate School.

If you would like to receive more information about our Ph.D. program, please complete the PhD Inquiry Form.