The University of Arizona

Graduate Info

Graduate Overview

The Master's Program

Students can pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis Master’s. Our-non-thesis option is designed for students who want to develop more sophisticated programming, theoretical and applied skills for entre into industry. The thesis-based master’s degree is designed for students who are considering a more-research-based career, and may have designs on a graduate program. Only the most qualified and well-prepared students are considered for a thesis-based program, and that determination is made once you have begun our program. Students who successfully complete a MS degree can command a higher salary and positions with more authority and autonomy in industry.


The Doctoral Program

The PhD program is designed to provide students with advances course work and substantive research experience to allow them to be the leaders in industry and academe. There is a premium on producing original work to present at conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. Students who successfully complete our PhD program go on to take leadership, entrepreneurial, and scholarly positions.


PhD Minor

A  PhD minor in computer science is available to any PhD student at the University of Arizona provided they have sufficient computer science background to tackle graduate-level course work in the discipline. A minor can complement work in related disciplines or help students far-reaching areas develop marketable analytic and problem-solving skills.

Presentation about the Department of Computer Science (pdf, swf)

Some facts about the University of Arizona, the Department of Computer Science, Tucson, Arizona, and faculty research interests.


The University of Arizona and Tucson Area

The University of Arizona, located near the center of Tucson, was founded in 1885 as Arizona's land-grant university. Today the campus is comprised of 352 acres and a student population of 35,000, including 7,100 graduate students.

Tucson's location provides direct access to natural desert and mountain areas and to five distinct biozones ranging from Sonoran desert uplands to mixed conifer alpine areas. Ecological contrasts in the state are striking. Hot, dry desert areas and cold, high mountaintops are unusual extremes; most of the state is rich in plant and animal life.