College of Computer and Information Science

Carla E. Brodley, PhD, Dean

Bryan Lackaye, EdD, Associate Dean for Graduate School Administration
Rajmohan Rajaraman, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies
Karen Rosen, MEd, Director of Graduate Co-op Program

202 West Village H

At the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS), we are inspired by our information-driven world and strive to make it a better place. Our students engage in rigorous learning and real-world co-op experiences. Our renowned faculty shapes minds, sparks innovation, and inspires ideas. Our interdisciplinary research breaks new ground to solve everyday problems.

CCIS maintains a strong research program with significant funding from the major federal research agencies and private industry. With a substantial increase in faculty strength and research funding in recent years, we are actively seeking highly motivated, bright, hardworking students who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in computer science or in the interdisciplinary field of information assurance, network science, or personal health informatics. Graduate students and faculty members are involved in exciting projects in a wide range of research areas, including programming languages, software engineering, distributed and parallel computing, cryptography, network security, health informatics, network science, databases, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence. Colloquia and weekly research seminars contribute to the vibrant research atmosphere in the college.

Our curriculum encompasses both the breadth and depth needed for graduate school. Specialized, advanced courses for PhD students in computer science, information assurance, and personal health informatics are designed to prepare all students for research early in their doctoral education.

The MS curriculum in computer science combines the study of basic algorithms and theoretical computer science principles with advanced programming and software design methods. It offers students the opportunity to develop the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to pursue challenging professional careers.

In addition, we offer five interdisciplinary master’s degree programs: the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, which seeks to prepare graduates to use information technology to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes; the Master of Science in Information Assurance program, which focuses on information technology and incorporates the understanding of the social sciences, law, criminology, and management needed to prevent and combat cyberattacks; the Master of Science in Data Science program, which is designed to give students a comprehensive framework for processing, modeling, analyzing, and reasoning about data; the Master of Science in Health Data Analytics program, which prepares students to succeed in an emerging field at the intersection of health informatics, data science, and computational modeling; and the Master of Science in Game Science and Design, which gives students a comprehensive understanding of how successful game products are created in a player-centric environment.

The Align program enables intellectually curious students to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science without a background in the field. Regardless of undergraduate major or current experience, Align's custom curricula prepares students for high-demand industries. 

Three student laboratories house a mix of Linux and Windows workstations and separate research lab facilities. In addition, the Information Assurance Laboratory provides students with hands-on experience in information assurance exercises in an isolated network environment.

Our college is a tightly knit community, and the faculty, staff, and students interact regularly through yearly town hall meetings, weekly teas, and seminars. A diverse, multicultural graduate student body and faculty members encourage rich extracurricular interaction. The student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery organizes a number of social events to promote friendship and camaraderie within the CCIS community.