UWM’s doctoral program in Engineering offers a concentration in computer science. This flexible program allows you to develop a study plan tailored to meet your needs. Your plan will be evaluated based on its appropriateness as a computer science pursuit, course availability and the availability of a qualified College of Engineering & Applied Science faculty member to serve as your major professor.
Your chosen area of specialization will be the subject of your doctoral dissertation. When you graduate, you will have marked scholarship in the broad field of computer science as well as a distinguished critical or creative achievement in your chosen specialization.
Graduates are in High Demand
Doctorally-trained computer scientists are increasingly in demand for positions in management and research & development.
Sample positions where advanced degrees are often preferred, plus projected growth from 2019-2029:*
- Information Security Analyst. Growth: 31%
- Computer Information Research Scientist. Growth: 15%
- Computer and Information Systems Manager. Growth: 10%
- Postsecondary Teacher. Growth: 9%
- Computer Network Architect. Growth: 5%*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What to Expect
This degree requires a minimum of 66 graduate credits. Many courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, so you will have the option of completing much of the program on a part-time basis.
Many students earn Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantships decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted to the program.
Required credits are distributed according to your program of study.
Other doctoral milestones include the thesis proposal (which also serves as the preliminary exam) and the defense of the dissertation.
The exam is made of two parts; each part is for four hours. Part I is over Computer Science undergraduate core courses and Part II is over one main sub-area of Computer Science.
UWM’s graduates of this program have pursued careers with:
- FasTrak Softworks, Inc.
- Rockwell Automation
- U.S. Bank
We’re a top tier R1 research university and our Computer Science students have the opportunity to work with faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:
- Object-oriented programming
- Computational robotics
- Intelligent dialog systems
- Artificial intelligence
- Extensible languages
Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. For a full list, click here.
UWM is one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- National Institute for Health
- National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
- National Science Foundation
- United States Department of Defense
- United States Department of Energy
- Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies