PhD in Computer Science Mission

The Seidenberg School’s Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science degree program aims to cultivate advanced computing research scholars and professionals who will be competent in both industry and academia. The program is aligned with Pace’s central mission to create thinking professionals who are highly sought after as innovators and successful leaders, and who will positively impact the twenty-first century. We are currently inviting applicants to this PhD program to begin in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Our first priority is to ensure that the graduates of this program are high quality, effective, and innovative computing scholars who can directly contribute to the economy of New York State and the nation.

Unique features of the PhD in Computer Science

There are many features that make the Seidenberg School’s PhD program unique, including:

  • It is a select and small program that only accepts students with proven research experience;
  • The students are closely integrated in strategically important applied research projects focusing on telehealth and biometrics, web computing and information assurance, artificial intelligence and robotics, and software engineering and formal methods;
  • Students may receive financial support so they can focus on full-time research;
  • Many graduates of this program will become university faculty, and we strongly believe they should be well prepared for teaching and designing curricula. To this end, PhD students are required to participate in a teaching component to prepare them to be effective teaching professors, which the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development will provide. Students will attend faculty development workshops and seminars in which they will be instructed in methods of teaching and curriculum development. Pforzheimer directors will monitor their teaching in the classroom. After completing this component and their advanced coursework, students may be considered to teach in the Seidenberg School.