Geospatial Computer Science, Ph.D.
The Geospatial Computer Science (GSCS) doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program with a strong emphasis on developing the theory of computer science for handling geospatial data and exploring emerging technologies enabled by geographic information science. The GSCS program is a unique combination of the fields of computer science and geographic information science, with a technical and theoretical foundation of computer science.
*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:
|Fall||Spring||Summer I||Summer II|
|April 30||August 1||Not Offered||Not Offered|
Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:
|Fall||Spring||Summer I||Summer II|
|July 15||November 15||Not Offered||Not Offered|
*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration
Applications received after priority deadline are for International applicants already living in the U.S.
|Complete Application for Admission:||
Students are required to contact potential faculty mentors prior to applying to the program and identify them in the application. A prospective mentor (graduate supervisor) should be identified based on their areas of research and expertise in geospatial computer science. Faculty profiles can be found here: https://sci.tamucc.edu/departments/computing-sciences/geospatial-computing-science/faculty.html
*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.
|Additional International Applicant Requirements||
Application requirements for international applicants:
There are two paths for students in the PhD in Geospatial Computer Science degree program, those coming in with 1) a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and 2) a master’s degree in a related field.
Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree are required to take a minimum of 75 semester credit hours (SCH). Of these 75 SCH, students must take the GSCS core courses (12 SCH), 3 SCH of Graduate Seminar, at least 27 hours of Electives, and at least 30 hours of research and dissertation credits.
Students entering the program with a master’s degree are required to take a minimum of 57 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students are required to take the GSCS core courses (12 SCH). At least 9 hours of elective courses must also be taken at TAMUCC. Three credit hours of Graduate Seminar and at least 30 hours of dissertation and research must also be part of the required 57 hours.
Additional courses may be assigned depending on the student’s background.
Students must file an approved degree plan by the end of their second semester in the program.
All students must master the same core knowledge, and this content must be mastered prior to their candidacy exam. The core knowledge can be mastered with the following courses. Students entering with a master’s degree must take at least three (9SCH) of the following courses at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and may be required to take more to fill any deficiencies.
Students must take 3 hours of graduate seminar and at least 30 hours of research and dissertation credits.
30 hours of research and defense from the following:
(minimum 3 sem. hours)
At least 27 hours of electives must be taken by students entering with a bachelor’s degree, 9 hours of electives by students entering with a master’s degree. Electives will predominately come from COSC, GSCS, and GSEN graduate courses. Up to 6 hours can be from another graduate program with approval. The following courses are standard electives:
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