Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) degree is to develop students to be research and development leaders in computer science. The program strives to promote high-quality, high impact research, collaboratively and across disciplines. The goal of the computer science curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and tools that will allow them to design and implement effective, economical, and creative solutions for the needs of individuals, society, and the high-tech economy.

Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) Program Learning Goals:

Graduates of the Doctorate of Computer Science are able to:

  • Understand and respect the professional standards of ethics expected of a computer scientist and be knowledgeable concerning the history of the computing field.
  • Possess the skills and knowledge to enable them to be committed to lifelong learning in computer science
  • Be knowledgeable about the theoretical foundations of computing and have strong practical application experience
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a productive contributor individually and in teams on software projects using accepted software management practices
  • Graduates will be ready to accept expected research and development responsibilities upon employment and be able to independently design and develop computer software systems and products based on sound theoretical principles and solid software development skill.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to address the needs and challenges facing computer science professionals in across a variety of contents. Coursework explores the principles of computer science technologies, scholarship and practice. This program prepares students through problem-solving techniques to create cutting-edge technology. Students will receive a strong foundation in both the software and hardware aspects of computing, as well as the mathematics and science that underlie the discipline.

Doctor of Computer Science (62 Credits)

  • COMP 710 Data Structures and Algorithms I
  • COMP 711 Theory of Computation
  • COMP 712 Advanced Data Structure and Algorithms
  • COMP 713 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • COMP 714 Machine Learning
  • COMP 716 Programming Languages
  • COMP 717 Program Generation and Optimization
  • COMP 718 Software Design and Architecture
  • COMP 820 Advanced Operating Systems
  • COMP 821 Distributed Systems Software
  • COMP 822 Game Engine Programming
  • COMP 825 High Performance Computing
  • DBEC 800 Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development
  • DBEC 801 Doctoral Research II: Introduction & Literature Review
  • DBEC 802 Doctoral Research III: Methodology
  • COMP 823 Doctoral Research IV: Results, Findings, and Discussion
  • COMP 833 Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Defense
  • COMP 900 Dissertation Defense

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

Fill Out The Application

Need More Information?

Learn more about the admissions process, cost, aid and our faculty.


Learn about our requirements and process.

View Admissions Requirements

Tuition & Fees

View the associated program costs.

See All Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Learn about available aid and how to apply.

Financial Aid Options

Staff & Faculty

Meet the academic and support teams.

View Faculty Members