Online Doctoral Degrees in Computer Science

An online doctoral degree in computer science may equip students with the skills and training needed to utilize computer science to create solutions for real world issues. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to solve complex computer problems, invent innovative computing tools, and advance network technology. Program coursework may integrate dissertation research courses and major-specific computer science classes including software development, network security, and artificial intelligence.

Upon graduation students may seek employment in their desired computer science specialization. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in computer science education, federal government programs, software development, healthcare services, and computer program design.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level computer science programs may include research-heavy dissertation courses along with core online computer science classes. These courses may teach students about current trends and research in programming, the structure of operating systems, and technical challenges of securing computer networks. Major coursework may include the following:

  • Theories and Principles of Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Management Systems
  • Network Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may seek career opportunities in government programs, software development, computer systems design, educational services, and healthcare services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer scientist employment is projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Computer Scientist
  • University Professor
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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