Welcome! Thanks for your interest in our PhD program.

GMU is an excellent place to pursue a PhD in computer science. We have a world-class  faculty with research expertise in a diverse set of computer science areas and our program is nationally ranked. Additionally, George Mason University is located in the center of one of the largest computer science and information technology corridors in the nation, and is in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., a major center for science and engineering research and funding. This makes the area a rich source for PhD research opportunities. Our PhD graduates have been highly successful both in academic and industrial positions.

To apply, go to the GMU Graduate Admissions web site. Please do not submit a hardcopy to the Computer Science Department. Applicants who request financial assistance are encouraged to apply for Fall admission.

Note to Fall 2021 PhD CS applicants: 
We understand that many applicants may not have a chance to take the GRE General test in 2020, due to the global health emergency. Consequently, we encourage prospective students to apply to the PhD CS program even if they don't have GRE scores. However, we kindly ask the applicants who took the GRE General Test in the past five years to provide the official scores  to help us with the decision making. 

Faculty in the Computer Science department also participate in the inter-disciplinary PhD in Information Technology offered by the Volgenau School of Engineering, which has concentrations in Information Systems, Information Security and Assurance, and Software Engineering.