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Doctoral Degrees

  • PhD in Bioengineering
    The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering,physics, and computer science. The doctoral program will prepare leaders in bioengineering in this broader, integrative sense of the discipline. 

    A major distinguishing feature of the curriculum is that it is designed to educate leaders who understand and appreciate how biomedical technology is translated from the bench to the bedside. Regardless whether they will eventually serve at universities, industry or government, they will understand that new types of devices and processes resulting from advanced research not only need to be better, but that they must be cost-effective to reach the public. As demanded by their leadership positions, they will recognize that entrepreneurial considerations are essential for determining whether a planned diagnostic or therapeutic approach is likely to be practical and useful for society.
     
  • PhD in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
    The doctoral program offered by the CEIE Department is unique in Virginia, incorporating the varied areas of civil engineering with a focus on infrastructure operation and management. The program is structured to prepare students for advanced leadership positions in research and development in the public or private sector, academics, and government. Students may elect to study in the areas of IT and computing in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water and waste water engineering, construction engineering and management, infrastructure security and engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering. Requirements include course work, qualifying exams, a teaching requirement, dissertation proposal defense, and dissertation research and defense.
     
  • PhD in Computer Science
    This nationally ranked program is run by the Computer Science department and offers research opportunities in many different areas including Algorithms and Theory of Computation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Science Education, Databases, Data Mining, Graphics and Image Processing, Information Systems, Languages, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, Security, and Systems and Networking.
     
  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    The PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares students to do original research on ECE topics and to become technical leaders in their fields. Students may choose a research emphasis in areas such as communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, electronics, and bioengineering.
     
  • PhD in Information Technology
    Students may conduct their doctoral research under the supervision of any eligible faculty member of any of the school's departments. Students are encouraged to select a specific concentration in one of the following areas: Digital Forensics, Information Security & Assurance, Information Science and Technology, Information Systems or Software Engineering.
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  • PhD in Statistical Science
    The Department of Statistics offers a PhD program in Statistical Science, replacing the PhD in Information Technology concentration Statistical Science. Research areas of key departmental faculty in the program include statistical signal processing, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, and data exploration. The Department has had a history of producing top quality PhD students from the former Information Technology program; many of them are employed in academia, the federal government, and technology firms. The terminal degree "PhD in Statistical Science" represents the highest academic attainment for a statistician, and as such, requires in-depth knowledge of modern statistical theory and practice.
     
  • PhD in Systems Engineering and Operations Research
    The PhD in SEOR curriculum offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration gives students a strong analytical and computational capability on the one hand and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application on the other. No other department in the nation offers a PhD degree program that covers systems engineering and operations research in this integrated manner.