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CIS PhD Program Information

A Ph.D. in Computing and Information Science (CIS) hones advanced research skills through an extensive dissertation process and emphasizes the exploration of different aspects of computing and information science. See common courses and job options.

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Essential Information

Doctoral students in CIS programs explore the latest techniques, theories and technology used in the field of computing and information sciences. Applicants will need a master's and/or bachelor's degree in a relevant field, independent research experience and knowledge of computers and current technology. They will also need GRE scores and some experience in the field.


Ph.D. in Computing and Information Science

Coursework in a Ph.D. in computing and information sciences is designed to prepare students for advanced research or teaching positions in the field, as well as upper-level positions in a variety of technological fields. The following are some of the typical courses found in this type of degree program.

  • Research methods in information and communication
  • Communication and information technologies
  • Theories of society and communication
  • Computer architecture
  • Computational linguistics
  • Algorithm analysis

Popular Career Options

Graduates with a Ph.D. in CIS may find a number of career options in the field of technology. The following are some of the possible jobs that may be found.

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Project managers
  • Director of information technology
  • Consultant
  • Chief technology officer

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Career opportunities for computer and information systems managers are expected to grow 15% in this field from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Earnings for those in this field may vary depending on the level of work, according to the BLS. The median salary for CIS managers was $131,600 in 2015.

A Ph.D. in computing and information sciences is primarily for students wishing to work as teachers, researchers or managers in the field. Graduates who choose to work as computer and information systems managers can expect to see job growth in this field that is much faster than the average.

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