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     Introduction

     Aim

     Admission Requirements

     Program Structure

     CS Courses

     IS Courses

     Study plan milestones for the PhD degree

     Online Admission

PhD Program

Introduction

  • The doctor of philosophy PhD program in Computer Science (CS) / Information Systems (IS) prepares students for faculty careers at world-class universities and for research positions in leading government or industrial research labs. It is required for PhD students to hold a Master of Science in Information Systems (IS) or an equivalent degree.
  • The main goal of a successful PhD is not so much a dissertation, but rather (and much more importantly) it is to train researchers and prepare them for further professional development. One aspect of this training is to ensure that the individual has a broad and deep knowledge of Information Systems. The starting point for this aspect is the completion of PhD courses. However, course work is, by design, limited to relatively narrow and well-defined assignments, projects and exams.
  • To be a successful PhD student, the candidate needs a much broader set of skills, including the maturity as a researcher to cope with significantly more uncertainty than is typically seen in course work. Additional skills include the abilities to evaluate the current literature, to promising directions for future work, and to follow some of those directions through to the nuggets of new contributions. In our experience with our own students we typically see these skills develop slowly, continuing through to their graduation from our PhD program. However, our expectation is that the foundations for these skills should already be in place and evident by the beginning of the second year of PhD studies.

Aim

  • Master and apply the basics and the methodologies of scientific research
  • Show a deep awareness of the ongoing research problems and theories
  • Identify research problems and find innovative solutions.
  • Master wide range of technical skills in CS / IS.
  • Use appropriate technological means
  • Communicate effectively and work as a member of a team
  • Apply decision-making techniques in light of available information.
  • Employ available resources efficiently to develop and work on finding new resources.
  • Serve the community and to develop environment-friendly methodologies.
  • Act with integrity and credibility, and uphold the rules of the profession.
  • Commit to continuing self-development and transfer of knowledge and expertise to others

Admission Requirements

  • An applicant to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science (CS) / Information System (IS) program must hold a M.Sc. degree in a related Computer Science / Information System major from Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, or from any of the corresponding recognized and accredited universities.
  • The conditions for admission acceptance are:
    • Pass the PhD Admission Exam.
    • A proof of English proficiency: pass TOEFL with a minimum score of 500 or an equivalent score of other tests.
    • The acceptance of the department board, the CCIT board, and completing the required documents according to the rules and regulations.

Program Structure

  • 48 credit hours divided as follows:
    • The minimum duration of study is THREE years, and
    • The maximum duration is FIVE years.
    • A student receives a PhD degree after successfully fulfilling all the degree requirements and achieving an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00.

Credit HoursDescription
12 Course Work (4 courses)
6 Research Hours
3Candidacy Exam
27 Dissertation
48Total Cr. Hours

Course Listing

Computer Science (4 Courses: 12 Cr. Hours)
Course CodeCourse TitleCR
CS800Advanced Topics in Computer Networks3
CS801Advanced Topics in Data and Network Security3
CS802Distributed Systems and High Performance
Computing
3
CS803Advanced Algorithms Analysis and Design3
CS804Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics3
CS805Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction3
CS806Advanced Intelligent Computing3
CS807Advanced Computer Graphics3
CS808Research Directions in Programming Languages3
CS809Advanced Topics in Software Engineering3
CS829Advanced Topics in Computer Science3

Research Hours, Candidacy Examination and Dissertation (36 Cr. Hours)
Course CodeCourse TitleCR
CS830Research Hours6
CS840Candidacy Examination3
CS850PhD Dissertation27

Information Systems (4 Courses: 12 Cr. Hours)
Course CodeCourse TitleCR
IS800Analytic Research in Information Systems3
IS801Databases for New Computing Platforms3
IS803Advanced Web-based Systems Engineering3
IS805Advanced Topics in Data Science3
IS807Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval3
IS810Business Process Modeling and Workflow Systems3
IS812Advances in Information Systems Security3
IS829Advanced Topics in Information Systems3

Research Hours, Candidacy Examination and Dissertation (36 Cr. Hours)
Course CodeCourse TitleCR
IS830Research Hours6
IS840Candidacy Examination3
IS850PhD Dissertation27

Study plan milestones for the PhD degree