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CMSC 697. Directed Research. 1-15 Hours.

Semester course; 1-15 research hours (to be arranged). 1-15 credits. May be repeated for credit. A total of three credits may be used to fulfill the M.S. in Computer Science thesis requirement. Independent research culminating in the writing of the required thesis or dissertation. The student must identify a faculty member willing to supervise the research and submit a proposal to the computer science graduate committee no later than the 10th week of the prior semester. This proposal must be approved before the student can register for the course. Graded as S/U/F.

Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Computer Science will educate and train students in core areas of computer science. Students will explore the advanced concepts of computer science theory, systems and research. They will learn how to identify problems, set a research agenda, clearly identify and isolate good ideas, solve programming challenges creatively, and communicate in a clear and concise manner. Graduates will possess the necessary analytical, technical and research skills of complex computer science topics in order to respond directly to the needs of industry, research laboratories, the public sector, academia and government for effective, innovative and productive engineers, professors and researchers.