George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Computer Science, PhD

Department of Computer Science

Nguyen Engineering Building, 4300
4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1530

Program Overview

Doctoral study in computer science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing. 

Total credits: 72

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Mason is an excellent place to pursue a PhD in computer science. We have a strong faculty in a diverse set of computer science areas and our program is nationally ranked. Our location, in the center of one of the largest computer science and information technology corridors in the nation, is also a major center for science and engineering research and funding. This makes the area a rich source for PhD research opportunities. Our PhD graduates have been highly successful both in academic and industrial positions.

The department is committed to funding PhD students as much as possible. A significant number of teaching assistantship and research assistantship positions are available. PhD students are given strong preference for these positions; currently most PhD students in need of an assistantship are being funded. The PhD program also offers one Presidential Graduate Fellowship each year.

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