The Ph.D. program prepares students for research careers in either academia or industry. The program generally can be completed in five years or less of graduate study. By the time they finish the coursework required to satisfy candidacy requirements (in four semesters or less), students are expected to have identified a principal research advisor to direct their dissertation. Graduation requires the successful defense of a dissertation based on original research that contributes to the body of knowledge in the student's chosen area of research.
Students may earn a Ph.D. with a specialization in Computational Science.
Though there is no "official" Ph.D. Degree in Computational Operations Research, both the Applied Science and Computer Science Ph.D. degrees can be tailored to concentrate in COR. Students admitted to the Master's program for COR must reapply to the Computer Science Ph.D program. Contact [[rrkinc, Professor Rex Kincaid]] for details.