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Ph.D. In Computer Science

By enrolling in the dual degree Ph.D. Program in Computer Science, students experience the advantages of collaborative research between top-tier research institutions. The program’s high scientific standards serve to educate high-quality researchers, instructors, and innovators in the field of Computer Science.

The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University offers the dual degree Ph.D. in Computer Science, together with:


The dual degree Ph.D. program in computer science/informatics with Portugal aims to

    • Promote the education of high-quality researchers, instructors and innovation agents in computer science;
    • Offer a specialization based on a broad knowledge in computer science/informatics;
    • Support collaborative research between CSD/CMU and the Portuguese institution;
    • Enforce rigorous quality control and assessment procedures;
    • Recruit top students from Portugal and other countries.

Course Structure

The course structure requirements and contents at CMU are available on the School of Computer Science website.


The thesis will be co-advised by at least two co-advisers, one from CMU and one from a Portuguese partner University

Type of Degree

The student will be awarded with a dual degree Ph.D. conferred by CMU and another by the Portuguese partner University. During the Ph.D., the student should comply with the regulations of both Universities.


5 years (full-time), with up to 2 years at CMU and up to 3 years at a Portuguese University.

Scholarships and tuition​

The Ph.D. students enrolled in the dual degree Ph.D. program will receive financial support through an FCT - CMU Portugal Fellowship (includes tuition fees and a monthly stipend).​

Application requirements

The dual degree Ph.D. program uses the School of Computer Science online application for admission to the CMU Portugal.
You must submit the following documents with your application to CMU:
• CV (.pdf)
• A statement of purpose - one or two-page essay describing your primary research interests, related experiences and objective in pursuing this Ph.D.
• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional but valued
• English proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS test. Duolingo tests are also accepted in case you are unable to to test for TOEFL or IELTS
• Transcripts from each college and/or university you attended, even if no degree was granted (.pdf)
• Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from faculty or recent employers.