PhD In Computer Science

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The department of computer science is based in the University of Denver’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. The school reflects two of the university’s strongest traditions: academic integrity and a commitment to meeting student needs with dynamic new programs. We are strong in research and particularly noted in software engineering, information security and privacy, and humane gaming. At the University of Denver, you will find opportunities to research, study leading-edge technology and tools, and gain integrated knowledge. We emphasize interdisciplinary programs, so you will be ready to meet career challenges around the office or, if you choose, around the world. In addition, Denver is a first-rate location for internships and jobs, as well as business and government partnerships. The campus is just minutes from the Denver Technological Center — home to many top tech companies — and we enjoy sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains.

Outstanding Advantages

  • Small classes taught by faculty, not teaching assistants
  • Research-active faculty members who publish regularly, land impressive grants and win teaching awards
  • An up-to-date curriculum that includes classes in modern software engineering,
  • Web technology based on Linux and Microsoft servers and applications, Java, multimedia, mobile computing, networks, databases, cyber security and computer game development
  • Students who create a peer culture defined by high expectations
  • A small yet vital PhD program that enhances the department’s intellectual atmosphere

We Support PhD Students In:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Geometry
  • Humane Games
  • Graphics
  • Networks
  • Parallel and Distributed Algorithms
  • Security and Privacy
  • Software Systems Engineering

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Kickstart Your Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science with DU


Total Credit Hours

90 credit hours.

Program Structure

For the most up-to-date course descriptions & curriculum requirements please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.


We recommend PhD applicants contact faculty to find a research advisor BEFORE submitting the application.   If we receive an application and there is no research advisor commitment, we will consider the applicant for the master’s program only. To view the admissions requirements, please go here and follow the instructions below:

  • Choose Doctorate or Masters
  • Select Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Select the appropriate degree program.

Financial Assistance

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Graduate Assistantships

Receive financial assistance while you pursue a master’s or doctoral degree by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) position. To learn more about GTA or GRA positions, please visit the Graduate Assistantships page.