Ph.D. in Computer Science (Curriculum 384)
The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded by universities in the United States. Its primary purpose is to validate that its possessor can perform state-of-the-art research on the frontiers of human knowledge, and is able to intelligently manage the research of others. The Academic Council sets institutional rules on all the Ph.D. programs at the Naval Postgraduate School, which are delineated in the Academic Council Policy Manual, Section 5.4. There is departmental policy that supplements the institutional rules. That policy can be found in the CS PhD Handbook.