PhD in Computer Science

Earn a PhD in computer science in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The growth of the computing field has created a huge demand for highly specialized skilled researchers and workers in the areas of software engineering, data science and analytics, big data, privacy and security, internet of things, bioinformatics, mHealth (mobile health) and many other related areas.

The PhD program in computer science at Marquette University prepares students for careers in research, industry, research laboratories, and institutions of higher education. The program allows students to tailor coursework based on their interests and strengths. The program places particular emphasis on students contributing to applied research in computer science.Expand all   |   Collapse all  

Program Highlights

The key features of this program include the interdisciplinary research opportunities in various research areas such as bioinformatics, data science, health informatics and computer education, our faculty members have strong collaborations across departments, colleges within Marquette and other institutions in the area, and the Northwestern Data Science Institute offering industry collaboration opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Survey, synthesize and evaluate research publications in their selected research area.
  • Propose a research problem and novel solutions that contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
  • Design and execute original research that results in a major written scholarly work.
  • Communicate the results of research effectively both in written and oral formats.

The program includes 45 credits of coursework and 12 dissertation credits. Student will be able to complete the program on a full-time basis in four to five years.

Students are generally fully funded through research assistantships and teaching assistantships as long as they maintain good standing within the program.

Career Opportunities

A PhD in computer science from Marquette University will produce graduates with state-of-the-art knowledge and competitive research capabilities in computer science professions.

Students successfully completing the PhD program are prepared to meet the demands for highly specialized research-scholars in areas related to computer science such as big data, data science, bioinformatics, computer security and systems in academic positions as well as careers in local or national industrial or government research laboratories and non-profit or policy institutes. 

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139


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Application Deadline

The priority deadline for review of applications is January 15 for the following fall term. After the priority admission deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space permits.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed online application form and fee
  • Copies of all current and previous college/university transcripts except Marquette*
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic qualifications for graduate study in the intended program
  • GRE scores  (general test only) Although normally required, the GRE is optional for students applying for the 2023-24 Academic Year.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency
  • English-language publications authored by the applicant, including a master's thesis or essay, if applicable (optional, but strongly recommended)
  • Statement of purpose outlining relevant education or work experience, career goals, possible areas of interest, and reasons for seeking admission to this program
  • Resume/CV

*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Study with a collective computer science faculty

Marquette computer science faculty members have expertise in some of the most sought-after areas of computer science research such as systems, algorithms, machine learning, data science and security. Many faculty members are recognized as leading researchers both nationally and internationally in their areas. The collective faculty expertise combined with the expertise of other faculty members from other disciplines across campus will produce doctoral graduates with cross-training, critical thinking and computational skills.

Computer Science Faculty

For financial aid opportunities, please email Dr. Praveen Madiraju, graduate chair of the Department of Computer Science.