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  Dec 14, 2017
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, Ph.D.

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The divisional-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements of the LSU Graduate School for graduate committees are satisfied.

The degree requires a dissertation. Forty-six hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned including a maximum of nine hours of credit for the thesis research. The curricular requirements include:

  • At least 40 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent studies credit.
  • A minimum core requirement of 15 credit hours in algorithms, theory of computation, programming languages, operating systems, and computer architecture.
  • Earned credit in the graduate seminar course CSC 7800 .
  • At least nine credit hours in thesis research course CSC 9000 .

At the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, additional courses may be added to the student’s curriculum

The student must pass a written general exam administered by the division consisting of four areas. A student has two chances to successfully complete the exam. The student must submit a written research proposal and pass the research proposal defense which is an oral exam. The student must submit a written PhD dissertation, and pass the final exam in which the student defends the dissertation in front of the advisory committee.

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