Cyber Security (CYSEC) Ph.D. Qualifying Exam consists of written and oral exam parts as explained in detail below.
Ph.D. Qualifying Written Exam
CYSEC PhD Program offers the following written qualifying exams:
- Cryptography and Network Security (CS 411, CS432)
- Operating Systems and Computer Networks (CS307, CS408)
- Computer Architecture and Digital Design (CS303, CS401)
Each package is equivalent to one FENS subject area.
Students must pass Ph.D Qualifying written exams from three packages with the following rules:
- Students must pass Cryptography and Network Security exam.
- Students must pass at least one of “Operating Systems and Computer Networks” and “Computer Architecture and Digital Design” exams.
If needed, students can select their third exam from the following options:
- One of exams provided by the CSE program
- “Engineering Mathematics” exam provided by the EE program
- “Finite Fields and Applications” exam provided by the MATH program
- “Stochastic Models in Operations Research” exam provided by the IE program.
Students are strongly advised to receive the consent of their thesis advisors and when needed contact the Graduate Advisor/PhD Committee representative of the CYSEC program before taking the exams.
Those students in other FENS PhD programs (non CYSEC students) can take any one of the three exams. However, non-CYSEC students are strongly advised to receive the consent of their thesis advisors and also contact the Graduate Advisor/PhD Committee representative of their own program before taking the exams.
Ph.D. Qualifying Oral Exam, Timeline and Evaluation
For CYSEC students:
If a student failed in one or more package(s), he/she has to take only the package(s) that he/she failed or replace his/her non-mandatory failed package(s), from other FENS Qual Subjects.
After the written exam, there will be an oral exam. The oral exam can be taken after a student passes from all written tests.
For non CYSEC students:
Students can take any of the three packages above and their affiliated programs will be informed about the grade(s) of the students.