Computer Science (PhD)

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Program Description

Our research-oriented PhD program in Computer Science prepares exceptional students for careers at the cutting edge of academia and industry. The foremost goal of the program is for students to conduct outstanding research that advances the state of the art in their research area. Students are also expected to get some basic familiarity with various disciplines of computer science through breadth courses.

What makes our program special?

  • Outstanding research groups and distinguished faculty .
  • Our students are offered guaranteed support through a MacCracken fellowship, independent of the availability of funds by the academic advisor. This offers unparalleled flexibility and peace of mind to the student.
  • Located in one of the most vibrant parts of New York City, our department is within short walking distance of several of the world's leading research labs. As a result, many of our students end up developing close ties with those labs, further advancing their research, and their integration in academia and industry after graduation.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Computer Science for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.

Financial Support for PhD Students

All full-time Computer Science PhD students in good standing receive financial support, including a nine-month stipend during the academic year, payment of tuition and fees, and health insurance. For some students, this support is provided through the GSAS MacCracken Fellowship program. Information about the MacCracken program can be found on the GSAS page for Fellowships and Assistantships by clicking the link for "MacCracken Program Guidelines."

More than half of Computer Science PhD students receive support from research assistantships associated with external grants received by their research advisors. There are also opportunities for MacCracken fellows to receive additional compensation separate from their MacCracken award by serving as instructional assistants.

Prospective PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships. In addition to the prestige associated with external support,the department's policy is to pay the student, whenever possible, a "supplement" that produces a 9-month stipend (during September-May) that is 25% higher than the standard departmental 9-month stipend. For more information see the links below: