College of Computer and Information Science Northeastern University

College of Computer and Information Science Northeastern University

Boston, MA
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July 15
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The First College of Computer and Information Science in the Nation

The College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, was the first college in the country to be devoted entirely to the field. Since its founding in 1982, it has developed graduate degree programs that bring students to the forefront of research. The college's faculty consists of both highly accomplished academics and industry experts with years of experience.

Research at the college centers on 4 interrelated topics: information assurance, network science, software reliability, and health informatics. The college is home to research groups in programming languages, social networks, network security, information retrieval and data mining, software engineering, systems, formal methods, algorithms and theory, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and robotics. Northeastern University has one of the top programming languages research teams in the country.

The College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) offers graduate degrees in both computer science itself and health information and information assurance, 2 cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields. Approximately 65 doctoral students and 200 master's degree students from many different countries are enrolled in these programs.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs in Health Informatics

The College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University offers both traditional and online master's degree and certificate programs in health informatics. The CCIS joins forces with the Bouve College of Health Sciences to provide programs that are strongly connected to health industry professionals.

Professionals who understand the relationship between information technology, people, health, and the health-care system are in short supply. With Northeastern University's interdisciplinary graduate programs in health informatics, you gain the knowledge and skills needed to use information technology to improve health-care delivery and outcomes--and to advance your career in this growing field.

Northeastern's health informatics master's degree and certificate programs provide:

-The expertise of both the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouve College of Health Sciences

-Faculty who are senior leaders in the field

-The ability to communicate effectively with clinicians, administrators, and IT professionals, and to understand each of their needs and constraints

-Strong industry connections

-The opportunity to learn from students with backgrounds in health care or technology--nurses, pharmacists, physicians, programmers, project managers, analysts, and others

-Flexible course schedules and formats designed to meet the needs of both working professionals and full-time students

Doctoral Program in Personal Health Informatics

Northeastern's Ph.D. in Personal Health Informatics (PHI) is a new transdisciplinary doctoral program focused on educating top researchers in the theoretical underpinnings, design, evaluation, and dissemination of consumer- and patient-focused health systems. Personal health technologies are those that non-health professionals interact with directly, both in and out of a clinical setting and in various life stages of illness and wellness.

Developing personal health interface technologies requires that professionals have skills and experience designing systems for individual patients and consumers with a wide range of backgrounds in different contexts using a variety of media, while ensuring that fielded technologies are effective, reliable, and responsive to the needs of at-risk and patient populations. Critical skills and knowledge include needs assessment, theories of interface design and health behavior, rapid prototyping and implementation, experimental design with human subjects in challenging settings, and statistical data analysis and validation. Moreover, these skills must be deployed while working with, or leading, transdisciplinary teams.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program targets students who are interested in improving health and wellness using novel technologies that directly impact the lives of consumers and patients. This is a program for students who are not only technically strong but also socially conscious, design-oriented, and interested in rigorously evaluating the technologies they imagine and build. The program provides a path for technical students to acquire more experience in the deployment and evaluation of health technologies in the field, but also a path for students with health backgrounds to develop the technical skills needed to prototype and assess creative ideas they envision for improving care. The expected length of study will be 5 years after the bachelor's degree.

Master of Science in Information Assurance

The College of Computer and Information Science offers a Master of Science (MS) in Information Assurance to train graduate students and working professionals to combat information security threats, such as computer viruses, identity theft, and electronic fraud. Students learn how to assess and manage security risks and how to present recommendations to management.

The highly qualified IA faculty includes both advanced researchers and successful practitioners. All faculty in the MSIA program have many years of industry experience in positions of responsibility in Information Assurance and cyber security as well as extensive academic experience. The Director of the Graduate Information Assurance program is Dr. Themis Papageorge, who has more than 20 years of executive experience in the computer and software security industry and received his PhD and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bios of the IA faculty are available at the MSIA web site .

This interdisciplinary program explores relevant topics not only in computer and information science, but also in law, criminology, management, and the social sciences. Students customize the program to meet their professional needs.

Graduate students in the master's program can complete the degree full-time within 4-semesters, or they may opt for part-time study. In addition, students can complete the program entirely online. Doctoral Program in Information Assurance

The doctoral program in information assurance at Northeastern University prepares students to become researchers and policy advisers in information security in industry, academia, and government. Students study how policy, law, and human behavior impact the design implementation of security systems.

Northeastern University has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the research and education of information assurance. NU's Institute of Information Assurance (IIA) is an interdisciplinary research collaboration between CCIS and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Master of Science in Computer Science

The MS in Computer Science at the College of Computer and Information Science provides a broad education in the field of computer science. The master's program equips students to design, develop, implement, and market information systems. This degree can be accomplished on either a full-time or part-time basis.

PhD in Computer Science

The doctoral program in computer science provides students with a broad background in computer science as well as extensive research experience. Students may pursue research in numerous subfields including networks, security, software development, algorithms and theory, data mining, formal methods, systems, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence.

Graduate Cooperative Education

Northeastern University is acclaimed for its experiential educational approach that revolves around its co-op program. This program is available to CSIS master's degree level students. Students complete a sequence of courses that include a co-op seminar. Graduate students spend 6 to 8 months working for an industry in software development, project management, network administration, or a field of specialization, such as bioinformatics or game design. Most jobs are located in the Boston area, but some students have traveled Hong Kong, China, Australia, Ireland, and many other countries to complete their co-op training.

Northeastern -- A Top Experiential Research University

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts, a center of for the high tech and medical industries and leading academic institutions. The university offers 165 graduate programs. Many Northeastern graduate programs are ranked among the top 100 in their fields in the country.

Location & Contact

College of Computer and Information Science

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States

Dr. Larry Finkelstein


Phone: 617-373-2462
Fax: 617-373-5121

Dr. Agnes Chan

Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Program

Phone: 617-373-2462
Fax: 617-373-5121

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Information Assurance Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Health Informatics Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
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    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
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    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
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  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


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    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
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    • Fall deadline July 15th May 1st Not Reported
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    • Spring deadline October 15th September 1st Not Reported
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    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
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