CSE PHD with Cyber Track


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program extends the technical and research skills associated with the MS degree program to include technical assessment and idea development skills necessary to evaluate and pursue future innovations in research and technology development.  In addition to advanced technical coursework, PhD students work with a dissertation advisor to propose, develop and demonstrate innovative dissertation research that extends beyond state-of-the-art technology.  During the PhD program, students are required to develop a dissertation proposal based on proposal guidelines used by many federal funding agencies.  Upon completion of the dissertation research PhD students are expected to write and orally defend a PhD dissertation that becomes an archival record of the research project that they completed.  Additionally, PhD students are expected to contribute to the body of technical knowledge by disseminating their research results at technical meetings and though publication in the technical literature.

The PhD degrees can be pursued in a direct route without first obtaining the master’s degree.  Alternatively, the PhD degree can be pursued following the completion of the MS degree.

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree is conferred on the basis of extended study and high scholarly attainment in a specific field of study. For the PhD degree, a minimum of 60 graduate semester credits beyond the MS degree (90 semester credits beyond the B.S. degree) including 30 credits for doctoral dissertation research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2 credits of seminar, and 1 credit of Practical Experience is required. 

Students choosing the Cyber Track must complete the following specific academic requiredments before the degree can be awarded:

Required Courses:

                CS-6055          Cyber Defense Overview

                CS-6021          Mathematical Logic

                CS-6056          Security Vulnerability Assessment

                CS-7038          Malware Analysis

Elective Courses--two courses are to be chosen from the following list. The student may choose any two but, as a guide, it is expected that the first two in the list would be chosen by a student seeking Computer Science orientation and two of the bottom three would be chosen by a student seeking Computer Engineering orientation

                CS-6055           Introduction to Cloud Computing

                CS-6053           Network Security

                EECE-6071       Embedded Systems

                EECE-6038       Advanced Microsystems

                EECE-7095       Introduction to Computer Architecture


·   The last 30 credits must be completed under the direction of UC faculty at the University of Cincinnati.

·   At least 9 credit hours of classroom coursework at 7000 or higher level must be completed from the course categories marked as Primary to the student’s degree program.

·   No more than 6 credits of Doctoral Dissertation Proposal, may be counted towards fulfilling the 90 credits of PhD degree requirement. These 6 credits may only be applied to research related to the preparation of the dissertation proposal and not towards the requirements for classroom coursework credits.

·   In order to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the student must have at least a B average (GPA of 3. 0) for all graduate credits.  In addition, at least 2/3 of the graduate credits of the above required course work necessary for the degree must be at a level of B or higher (B- counts as below B).

·   All PhD students have to successfully defend a dissertation proposal in order to be admitted into PhD candidacy.  The dissertation proposal can be done no earlier than concurrent with the student’s last course and must be completed within 1 year of completion of coursework.

The doctoral program is normally a full-time program throughout all of the course work and the dissertation. A minimum of three years of full time study is required by the University and the Department does not encourage part-time studies in the Ph.D. program.  

Direct Route to the PhD

Students entering the graduate program with a bachelor's degree and wishing to proceed directly into the doctoral program without obtaining the MS degree may do so by satisfying all three of the following requirements:

·   Successful completion of the normal 21 semester credits of course work required for the MS degree.  The student is not required to do the MS thesis research.

·   Successful completion of the basic requirements. making sure that a total of 90 graduate credits are completed.

Students committed to the direct route program, who subsequently decide to terminate their program before completing the PhD, may only receive the MS by satisfying the normal MS degree requirements

Select for Curriculum Information: http://ceas.uc.edu/cyberops/education/cse-phd-cyber-track/curriculum.html