The University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors recently announced the approval to establish a Ph.D. program in computer science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

“We are eager to begin the work of establishing this new program,” said Dr. Beryl McEwen, N.C. A&T’s vice provost for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness at N.C. A&T. "The doctoral program is consistent with the North Carolina A&T’s Preeminence 2020 strategic plan that aims to enhance graduate education and research."

“The new Ph.D. program will further strengthen the graduate programs at N.C. A&T by attracting highly qualified students for advanced study and research in information security, distributed systems and artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Sanjiv Sarin, vice provost for research, graduate programs and extended learning, and dean of the graduate school.

The computer science department has been very active in extramural research funding, having secured $9 million over the last three years that has led to the establishment of nationally recognized centers, such as the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences (CASIS), with funding from the ARMY Research Labs and the Center for Cyber Defense, which is funded by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Gerry Dozier, professor and chair of the computer science department said he and his staff are primed to continue the work. Dozier also serves as the director of CASIS and is the principal investigator for the Center for Cyber Defense.

"We are extremely excited about our PhD program. Over the past six years our Computer Science faculty and staff have done an excellent job in preparing for this program. We look forward to the new collaborations with other Computer Science departments throughout the Triad that will develop as a result of this program,” he said, adding a special thanks to all that labored on this program.

The university expects to admit students into the program in the spring of 2014.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a public, doctoral/research, 1890 land-grant university committed to exemplary teaching and learning, scholarly and creative research, and effective engagement and public service. The university offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels and has a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines. Our unique legacy and educational philosophy provide students with a broad range of experiences that foster transformation and leadership for a dynamic and global society.