Why Pursue a Computer Science PhD
At UTSA, the Department of Computer Science offers comprehensive programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, with approximately 1,761 undergraduates, 135+ master’s students and 65+ doctoral students. The PhD in Computer Science offers opportunities for students to do advanced research in many fields. The research activities and experimental facilities have been well-supported by various federal research and infrastructure grants.
The research in the Department of Computer Science is supported by more than $10M in active research grants and contracts from various external funding agencies. PhD students conduct innovative research in cooperation with and under the supervision of department faculty. Activities of research assistants include implementing prototype systems, developing and proving new theories, conducting experiments, attending international conferences, and publishing their results in scientific journals.
The department’s 21 faculty members conduct research in a variety of areas including algorithms, bioinformatics, computer and information security, computer architecture, computer networks, databases, high performance computing, parallel and distributed systems, programming languages and compilers, and software engineering among others.
Admission & Application Requirements
Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.
|Computer Science (PhD)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.|
|Minimum GPA||3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours|
|Coursework||18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.|
|Transcripts*||Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English|
|Credential Evaluation||Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform|
|English Language Proficiency||550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100|
|Letters of Recommendation||3 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)|
|*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.|
Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.
|Computer Science (PhD)|
|Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.|
|Academic Year 2023-24||Priority||International||Domestic|
|Fall 2023||November 1||February 1||February 1|
|Spring 2024||September 1||September 1||September 1|
|Summer 2024||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|Academic Year 2024-25||Priority||International||Domestic|
|Fall 2024||Not Available||February 1||February 1|
|Spring 2025||Not Available||October 1||October 1|
|Summer 2025||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
All full-time, admitted PhD students are welcomed with an appointment as either a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). This is comprehensive support that comes with a tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance. The stipend starts from $24,000 per year, and the total value of the financial support package is more than $42,000 yearly. The Computer Science PhD program is designed so that students who are admitted as GTAs find a doctoral advisor during their first year of study.Learn More
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While in a doctoral program, a student may earn a master’s degree provided the following conditions are satisfied:
- A student must be admitted to candidacy.
- A student is eligible to receive a master’s degree upon completion of University-wide requirements and any additional degree requirements specific to the program.
- The Doctoral Studies Committee, Department Chair, and the Graduate Associate Dean of the College must recommend students for the degree.
- The student must apply for graduation by the published deadline the semester prior to awarding the doctoral degree.
- All required coursework in the doctoral program at the time of admission to candidacy must have been taken within the previous six years.
- If the master’s degree requires a thesis, the degree cannot be awarded on the basis of the doctoral qualifying examination.
- Students will not be approved for an additional master’s degree in the same field in which an individual has previously received a master’s degree.
Faculty offices and research labs for Computer Science are located both on the Main Campus and Downtown Campus (San Pedro I building). Graduate courses are held in San Pedro I. Courses are scheduled in late afternoons and evenings, accommodating part-time student schedules very well.