WPI’s PhD in Computer Science has built an international reputation for research excellence over the past 40 years, providing you with extensive opportunities to work side by side with interdisciplinary researchers at the forefront of innovations that are shaping the discipline.
Our PhD in computer science gives students immediate access to world-class laboratories and the latest in computers and software, solving real-world problems and creating groundbreaking advances in computer security, artificial intelligence, database systems, data mining, human interaction, robotics, software engineering, visualization, and image science.
Curriculum for PhD in Computer Science
In WPI’s PhD in Computer Science, you’ll be focused on solving real-world problems, from increasing computer system resilience in the face of attacks, to effective data mining that improves medical diagnoses and treatment. Exploration is encouraged for our doctorate in computer science, so you’ll take a range of courses from different areas, including essential work in theory, algorithms, and systems or networks. Then, you’ll direct your curriculum to suit your research interests and goals in areas like graphics/imaging, artificial intelligence, and databases.
Research for the Computer Science PhD Program
In our computer science PhD program, you’ll conduct advanced research with our renowned faculty members in core research groups supported by agencies like the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and the US Army.
You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art research facilities offering the latest in computers and software as you pursue your doctorate in computer science. These resources, such as the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Lab and the Applied Logic and Security Lab, allow for creative and inspired exploration in areas like Internet privacy, next-generation user interfaces in gaming, and artificial intelligence.
- Applied Logic and Security Group (ALAS)
- Artificial Intelligence Research Group (AIRG)
- Database Systems Research Group (DSRG)
- Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
- Image Science Research Group (ISRG)
- Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Research Group (KDDRG)
WPI actively supports many ways for you to interact with other students and the campus community through clubs, organizations, and more. Some are even designed specifically for students earning a PhD in computer science:
- Computer Science Graduate Student Organization (CS-GSO)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
When you complete your PhD in Computer Science from WPI, your interdisciplinary skill set, publication record, and professional presentations of your findings are evidence of your productivity, creativity, and accomplishments. WPI’s Career Development Center offers resources to help you stand out to potential employers and ensure your successful future. They can help you find PhD in computer science job opportunities so you can get a jump start on your career. Maybe you have specific questions about what PhD computer science salary looks like? We’re here to help answer any questions you may have.
Interested in Pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science First?
Not quite ready to pursue a doctorate in computer science? Our master’s in computer science will challenge you to utilize practical and theoretical expertise as you solve real-world problems in fields ranging from game development to data mining. Maybe you’re looking to study online? Explore our online master of science in computer science which offers the same rigorous curriculum at the convenience of your busy lifestyle.
Are You Ready to Get Started on a Computer Science Career Path?
Do you think a career in computer science fits your interests? WPI’s bachelor’s in computer science blends the technical knowledge you’ll need with the global view of how to best use your expertise to better the world. Our rigorous curriculum and collaborative faculty gives you the computer science tools you need to succeed.
Are You Looking for Basic Computer Science Experience?
If you’re someone who wants to develop an understanding of computer science without majoring in the discipline, try a minor in computer science. WPI’s minor in computer science gives you the knowledge and skills you’ll be able to apply in almost any field you enter. Having this technical understanding will help you advance in your career and is experience employers want to see.
WPI is proud to be the recipient of not one, but two National Science Foundation Research Traineeship programs. The programs provide exceptionally talented graduate students with specialized training and funding assistance to join careers at the forefront of technology and innovation. The programs are for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs in STEM. Learn more.