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Program Educational Objectives  

    The candidate should have the following capabilities:

PEO 1.    Engaging in ongoing lifelong learning and pursue Ph.D. studies at respectable universities. 

PEO 2.    Contributing to the research in a specific area of computer science.

PEO 3.    Getting better IT-related jobs and enhance their career development.

PEO 4.    Play a leading role in the overall development of the computing profession in the Sultanate of Oman.




Program Learning Outcomes

 The graduate will have the following abilities:

a)      Pursuing Ph.D. studies in the field of Computer Science.

b)      Expanding their knowledge in the core contents of Computer Science.

c)      Acquiring a sound knowledge in both theory and practice in Computer Science,

d)     Being aware of the  latest trends in the key areas of Computer Science

e)      Demonstrating  a high level of logical and analytical thinking

f)       Conducting research and presenting research findings  in a specific area of the Computer Science discipline

g)      Communicate effectively orally and in writing



Program Name: MS.c. in Computer Science

Program Type: Course Work and Thesis

Study Mode: Full-time Or Part-time

Duration: 2 Years for Full-time and 3 Years for Part-time

Program Description:

The student should complete the course work requirements specified in the degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. For the thesis, the candidate is required to conduct the necessary literature search, undertake the research, analyses the results, write the report, and communicate the results at an oral defense. This work need not necessarily be original research but should be a new application of ideas. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place in the second semester. The student should register for the thesis in the third semester after having completed at least 12 credits of the course work.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should have a Bachelor from Sultan Qaboos University or from any recognized university. 

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.5 out of 4 or its equivalent in another system and the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will make the assessment for equivalency acceptance
  • Work experiences is a must for candidates with Cumulative Grade Point Average less than 2.75 in the Bachelor's degree

English Language Requirements

The instructional language used for both programs is in English. Before starting the program the applicant should achieve level (6) in IELTS Academic or (550) in the TOEFL paper-based or (213) in TOEFL through the computer or (79) in the TOEFL through the Internet.

There will be an entrance exam plus an interview held by the department and it can be by phone for international students if required.

Degree Plan

MSc degree plan (Cohort 2019 - 2024)



International (1 R.O. =  $ .3865)


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Thesis Cost



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Course Outline

Program Name: PhD in Computer Science

Program Type: By Research

Study Mode: Full-time

Duration: 4 years

Program Description:

The PhD degree in computer science is research-based. The program is open for full-timers and the normal study period will last for four years. A maximum of 9 credits of course work may be required when a candidate has not taken any previous postgraduate level courses or when a course is important for his/her research work..

The research interest of the faculty members of the department spans a wide range of systems the areas of an application of Computer Science. This includes parallel and distributed computing, Mobile and cellular networks, interconnection networks, networks on chip, performance analysis and evaluation of computer and communication systems, multimedia and image processing, intelligent systems, E-learning and E-services, databases and XML, software engineering, software testing, web services, service-oriented software development, computer graphics, complexity and theory of computation, and many others.

Admission Requirements:

The applicant should have a master's degree from Sultan Qaboos University, or from any recognized university.

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will make the assessment for equivalency acceptance.

  • The applicant must be a full-time student for 4 years.

  • A statement of the objectives and goals of the research proposed.

  • Three recommendation letters, at least two from academic to show competence in the discipline of interest and research capability.


Degree plan:

PhD degree plan



Abderezak Touzene, Associate Professor

Programs Coordinator

Telephone: (+968) 2414 2221

Fax: (+968) 2414 1407

E-mail: touzene@squ.edu.om

For more information, please contact:

Postgraduate studies Admission Department

Deanship of Postgraduate

Sultan Qaboos University

P.O. Box 31, 123 Al-Khod

Phone: (+968) 2441 5819/5824

Fax: (+968) 2441 3861