Program DetailsPhD Programs
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The PhD program in the Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) department consists of three components: coursework, research, and thesis preparation. Early on in your career as a graduate student you will take courses to fulfill background, breadth and supporting program requirements. You will also take courses that help to develop and refine your research writing skills; these skills include information analysis and synthesis as well as written and verbal presentation capabilities. This part of your graduate career ends when you cross the threshold presented by the Preliminary Oral and Written Examinations ( WPE and OPE). Taken in conjunction, these examinations serve as an early test of your research ability. More information on the WPE/OPE process can be found here.
Once you have passed the WPE and OPE you will be formally admitted to PhD candidacy