Doctor of Computer Science (DCS)

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Reach your career goals with a computer science degree

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.

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Washington, DC
Virginia
Chicago

60

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CREDITS

36

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COST PER CLASS

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Computer Science Degree Overview

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to identify problems related to U.S. and foreign businesses and to respond artfully to these challenges. In addition, graduates will be empowered with the knowledge and skills required to work as leaders in U.S. business organizations, nongovernmental organizations and international entities.

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Doctor of Computer Science Courses & Curriculum

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (TAP), students must earn 120 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program requirements are listed below.

Lower Division Requirements (60 credits)

9 credits
  • COMP 710 Data Structures and Algorithms I
  • COMP 711 Theory of Computation
  • COMP 712 Advanced Data Structure and Algorithms
6 credits
  • COMP 713 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • COMP 714 Machine Learning
9 credits
  • COMP 716 Programming Languages
  • COMP 717 Program Generation and Optimization
  • COMP 718 Software Design and Architecture
6 credits
  • COMP 820 Advanced Operating Systems
  • COMP 821 Distributed Systems Software
6 credits
  • COMP 822 Game Engine Programming
  • COMP 825 High Performance Computing
15 credits
  • DBEC 800 Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development
  • DBEC 801 Doctoral Research II: Introduction & Literature Review
  • DBEC 802 Doctoral Research III: Methodology
  • COMP 832 Doctoral Research IV: Results, Findings, and Discussion
  • COMP 833 Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Defense
9 credits
  • COMP 900 Dissertation Defense

Doctor of Computer Science Requirements & Outcomes

  • 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.
  • 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.)
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.

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Doctor of Computer Science Frequently Asked Questions

A DCS is a program designed for those who wish to make a difference in their field as computer science strategists, educators, academic administrators, training and development professionals, and presenters of professional development in the field of computer science.

At UOTP, a DCS degree can be completed within three years for most students; however, completion dates vary depending on the individual and the work they put in among other factors.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your DCS degree by calculating your school cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac gives you the opportunity to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online DCS program. It is entirely up to you to choose how you want to get your degree.

It all starts with you deciding to get a Doctor of Computer Science Degree. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures. Not to forget that you can always contact an admission officer to help you with the whole process.