Department graduates 32 PhD students in AY 2012-13

Publish Date: 10/17/2013

The Department of Computer Science graduated 32 PhD students and 36 Master students in the academic year 2012-2013. This is a significant increase over the previous years and is the highest number of PhD's awarded in the history of the department. This record is a very impressive amount, given that the CS department has only 36 tenure-track faculty.

The last four years we graduated an average of 15 PhDs per year (17, 12, 16, and 16) and an average of 50 MS students per year (56, 56, 50 and 41). This year’s production of 32 PhD graduates constitutes a large increase, while the 36 MS degrees are a slight drop from previous years. We believe we are seeing this shift to more PhD and fewer MS degrees due to an increase in research effort in the department in the last few years.

PhD production is one of the important measures of research activity and an indirect indicator of the quality of the department. While 32 students might be just a one year data point, the large jump from previous years hints towards the growth of our research enterprise.

Another positive result is the number of female PhD graduate. In 2013 we graduated 76% males and 24% females in our PhD program, which is above the national average for female PhD production. This also reflects our emphasis on diversifying our student body.

The CS department was founded in 1970 and has 36 tenure-track faculty members. The department research expenditures for fiscal year 2013 were approximately $11.7 million. In the academic year 2012-13 the graduate program had 204 PhD students and 60 Masters students enrolled. The CS undergraduate program had a strong 427 students enrolled.