I'm planning to do a Doctoral program in computer science. However, there are Two degrees:

  1. Doctor of computer science (DCS Doctoral degree)
  2. Doctor of philosophy in (PhD) computer science

I am a working professional and I'm planning to do one of these degrees mainly for career advancement. I'll be continuing in industries and not interested in the teaching profession. It is common to see industries specifying PhD as a mandatory requirement for some jobs; however, I have not seen the same thing for DCS degree.

Therefore, I would like to know which one of them is widely accepted by industries?

Thanks, Raj

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    I cannot understand how this question is considered to be a shopping question by one user.
    – user2768
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 6:18
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    I cannot understand how another user considers the question to strongly depend[] on individual factors. Perhaps I'm reading the question differently: Which degree is ranked higher, (1) or (2)? Which gives way to: Can a candidate with (1) apply for a job that requires (2)? If that's the correct reading, then perhaps the OP can edit to make the question clearer.
    – user2768
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 6:43
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    Are these terms specific to some country?
    – Tommi
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 6:57
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    For Doctor of Computer Science, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_of_Computer_Science
    – user2768
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 7:04
  • I think PhD Doctor of philosophy in computer science should be read as either (1) PhD in computer science or (2) Doctor of philosophy in computer science. I don't know what PhD Doctor of philosophy means.
    – user2768
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 7:05

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[a] DCS is not considered equivalent to a Ph.D

So, a job posting seeking a candidate with a PhD in computer science is only seeking (2), candidates with only (1) should not apply.

will the company treat both the doctoral programs equally or does one have edge over the other?

PhD has the edge over DCS.

  • As far as I can tell, industry typically values applied knowledge more. Do you have any references for your last sentence?
    – user9482
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 6:33
  • @Roland It is considered a higher degree. In the context of the question, in a job ad that requires a PhD, a candidate with just a DCS has a disadvantage, since the ad demands a higher degree. Whether industry typically values applied knowledge more is beyond the question's scope.
    – user2768
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 6:39
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    I'm not a fan of answers to poorly written questions, especially if the question can be interpreted in different ways.
    – user9482
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 7:14
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    user2768 and @Roland I have rephrased the question based on the comments. Thanks much for all the replies! hope the question is much clear now. Thanks!
    – Raj Kumar
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 14:23
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    +1. I would add that a PhD diploma is recognized internationally (despite differences by country), whereas a DCS is unknown in many countries.
    – Erwan
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 15:54

Let me give some perspective. At one time (prior to 2003), the NSF (in the US) considered a wide variety of doctorates to be Research Doctorates and therefore equivalent to the PhD. That changed in 2003 and many of those are no longer considered at the same level.

Moreover, for purposes of obtaining NSF grant funding, they are equivalent to the Masters degree. This is a big deal for an academic.

However in industry, each company will make its own rules for people who want to do industrial research. I know of at least one company where this would be a problem for someone holding a not-PhD doctorate. But for others it wouldn't matter.

Part of the subtlety here is that most of those other doctorates are "applied" doctorates rather than "theoretical" ones. For many companies, good application knowledge is actually preferred.

I'd advise you to look around a bit at companies you might want to work for, and even your current employer, for guidance. And for maximum flexibility, get a degree, like a PhD, that is considered to be a Research Doctorate. Follow the link above for more information.

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