In our increasingly information-driven society, the most sought after computing professionals have the critical capacity to collaborate with scientists, health-care providers, business professionals, game designers, and countless others.
Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science prepares students to work effectively across disciplines. Our educational programs provide opportunities to combine deep knowledge of computing with understanding of an important application domain, and our research both advances computing and contributes to resolving major societal problems.
At the undergraduate level, our college offers strong programs in computer and information science as well as combined majors that enable students to pair these areas with business, the sciences, digital arts, the social sciences, and other disciplines to enhance their knowledge and expand their career options. Our undergraduates choose from a BS or BA in computer science that emphasizes the computing principles involved in software design and development, networks, systems, and programming or a BS in information science that focuses on how information is acquired, organized, communicated, and used.
At the graduate level, we offer MS and PhD programs in computer science as well as interdisciplinary MS and PhD degrees in health informatics and information assurance that prepare students for leadership in these growing fields.
Our MS in Computer Science program allows students to both expand their computing knowledge and focus on an area of interest, such as networks, systems, programming languages, or human–computer interaction. In our PhD in Computer Science program, students conduct research with our outstanding faculty and prepare for careers in academia, government, and industry.
In health informatics, our MS program draws on knowledge of the health-care system and computing to enable students to contribute to reducing health-care costs and improving the quality of patient care. Our innovative PhD in Personal Health Informatics program, which prepares students to lead cross-disciplinary research teams in academia or industry, explores how computing can transform how we support wellness and provide health care in the United States and throughout the world. Both programs are offered jointly with Northeastern’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
Our interdisciplinary MS and PhD programs in information assurance respond to the tremendous demand for highly trained professionals, both domestically and internationally. Through these programs, students prepare to develop and maintain an expanding communication infrastructure and to advance the reliability and security of cyberspace as researchers, educators, and policy advisors. Based in part on our strength in this area, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security named Northeastern a National Center of Academic Excellence in both information assurance research and education.
Both our undergraduate and graduate students are able to participate in Northeastern’s acclaimed cooperative education program. They apply their computing knowledge and gain valuable experience through co-ops with prestigious employers, which positions them in the job market after graduation.
Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their leadership in research areas critical to the computing discipline. Teams of faculty and graduate students are engaged in creating the tools and techniques that will drive health informatics, cyber security efforts, network science, and the development of reliable software. I invite you to learn more about their work on the research pages of our Web site.
At Northeastern, our goal is draw on multiple disciplines, forge partnerships, and expand horizons. Through these efforts, we are enabling our students and faculty to lead in applying computing knowledge to meeting society’s needs.