BS to PhD Direct Path Program

The usual degree path for an engineer or computer science student at FAU is first a BS degree, then a master's degree and then a PhD degree. All of this can take up to 10 years of study. The BS to PhD Direct-Path program gives highly-qualified bachelor and master's students the opportunity to move rapidly into research activities with the simultaneous completion of the MS and PhD degrees. Admission to the direct-path Ph.D. program may be granted to students entering or already in a graduate engineering or computer science program, including students selected for the Joint BS/MS program. Admission and degree requirements are listed below.
Students in the BS program Admission Requirements
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs 3.3 GPA (minimum); for all other programs 3.2 GPA (minimum) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs GRE score of 1200 (minimum); for all other programs GRE score of 1100 (minimum).
  • Two letters of recommendation (minimum) which should address the student's qualifications for research.
Students in the MS Program Admission Requirements
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs 3.3 GPA (minimum); for all other programs 3.2 GPA (minimum) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • GPA of 3.5 (minimum) in the graduate program at FAU
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs GRE score of 1200 (minimum); for all other programs GRE score of 1100 (minimum).
  • Apply to the Direct-Path Ph.D. program in the first year of the MS program.
  • Students who do not satisfy the GRE or GPA requirements stated above must obtain approval from the following before being admitted in to the Direct-Path Program
    • the department
    • the college graduate committee
    • the Division of Graduate Studies
Degree Requirements
  • Successful completion of the department's doctoral qualifying/candidacy exam. This exam will be scheduled according to the departmental guidelines.
  • A minimum of 84 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree as follows:
    1. 24 coursework credit hours (minimum) in the doctorate-granting department
    2. Nine credit hours (maximum) of Independent Studies coursework
    3. Nine credit hours (maximum) may be at the elective 4000 level as determined by the departmental criteria and all other credit hours must be at the graduate level
    4. Three credit hours (minimum) in mathematics or a technical field closely related to the student's research, as determined by departmental criteria
    5. 39 dissertation credit hours (minimum)
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation.
Degree Granting
Students admitted to the program that do not complete the Ph.D. degree requirements will be allowed, upon completion of normal departmental requirements, receive the M.S. degree.