The PhD in Computer Science prepares students for careers in academia and industry—from conducting research to developing systems to publishing and presenting papers.
The rigorous curriculum of the PhD program provides a broad background in the fundamentals of computer science, advanced courses in your focus area, and an intensive research experience. As a PhD student, you’ll work with our world-class faculty on engaging research projects with the benefit of our location in Boston, and access to collaborations with researchers at innovative companies, tech startups, state-of-the-art labs, and dynamic universities.
- Admitted PhD students receive full tuition scholarship and are supported with stipends or fellowships for the entire duration of their program
- Student may enter with a Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science
- CCIS offers a diverse range of research areas including AI, robotics, and security
- CCIS research has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH), and private-sector funding from companies like Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple
- Boston location is a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
February 1: Priority deadline
June 15: International applicants
August 15: Non-international applicants
August 25: Special Student applicants (non-international only)
October 1: International applicants
December 1: Non-international applicants
December 15: Special Student applicants (non-international only)
- Online application and fee
- Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts (you can submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended at the time of admission)
- Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
- Recent professional resume listing detailed position responsibilities
- Three confidential letters of recommendation
- Official GRE General Test scores
- Official TOEFL examination scores (international students only)
A grade of B or higher is required in each course. A cumulative 3.500 GPA is required for the core requirement.
Complete one course from four of the five following breadth areas:
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
CS XXXX Applied Statistics
Human Centered Computing
Complete 8 semester hours from the specialization course lists.
Complete 24 semester hours in the following:
Note: Consult faculty advisor for other acceptable courses.
Upon achieving PhD candidacy, complete the following (repeatable) courses for two consecutive semesters:
For remaining semester(s), complete the following (repeatable) course until graduation:
Choose one from the following:
Co-op makes the Northeastern graduate education richer and more meaningful. It provides Master’s students with up to twelve months of professional experience that helps them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to develop rich careers. In addition to the esteemed faculty, many students enroll in the Master’s programs largely because of the successful Co-op Program.
Graduate students typically have an experiential work opportunity following their second semester. This could be a 6-8 month co-op or a 3-4 month summer internship. Those who initially experience co-op may have the opportunity to seek an internship for the following summer, or vice versa.
Student participation in experiential education provides enhanced:
- Maturity, responsibility, and self-knowledge
- Technical expertise
- Occupational information
- Job seeking and job success skills
- Networking opportunities with those in desired career paths
Northeastern’s Co-op Program is based on a unique educational strategy which recognizes that classroom learning only provides some of the skills students will need to succeed in their professional lives. Our administration, faculty and staff are dedicated to the university’s mission to “educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.” Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum and our advising system. The team of Graduate Co-op Faculty within the College of Computer and Information Science provides support for students in preparing for and succeeding on their co-ops.
These multiple connections make co-op at Northeastern an avenue to intellectual and personal growth: adding depth to classroom studies, providing exposure to career paths and opportunities, and developing in students a deeper understanding that leads to success in today’s world.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Our CS PhD graduates and postdocs have found success in industry and academia including:
Tenure Track Faculty at:
- Indiana University
- UC Irvine
- University of Maryland
- University College London
- NC State University
- UMass Boston
- City University of Hong Kong
Postdoc and research scientists at:
- University of Paris
- Virginia Tech
- Microsoft Research
- GE Global Research
Senior software engineers and industry leaders at: