Department of Computer Science College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Computer Science College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
5 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook

The main strength of the Department of Computer Science is in the areas of visual computing (graphics, visualization), computer systems (wireless networking, operating systems, security), databases and logic programming, verification of concurrent systems, algorithms, and biocomputing.

The Ph.D. program is for students who are interested in obtaining academic or research positions in colleges and universities or in government or commercial research laboratories. The program gives students a rigorous and thorough knowledge of a broad range of theoretical and practical research subject areas and develops the ability to recognize and pursue significant research in computer science. Typically, the course of the study is five years. The first year is devoted to academic course work. By the second year, the research phase of the student's graduate career is well under way, with participation in advanced study and preliminary research work. The final years of graduate study are devoted to dissertation research.

The M.S. program is designed primarily to train students with professional goals in business, industry, or government, requiring a detailed knowledge of computer science concepts and applications. The program concentrates on applied computer science, emphasizing software development, programming, computer systems, and applications. Each student is given the experience of working on a large-scale software or hardware development project involving analysis, design, evaluation, and implementation.

Research Facilities

The Department's research facilities are extensive. All computer systems communicate through Ethernets connected by a main 2.8GB/sec switched network. The public facilities include the systems in student offices and public laboratories. Student offices contain Sun SPARC systems running Solaris and Pentium PCs running Microsoft Windows. Every Ph.D. student has his or her own machine. For maximum connectivity, the PCs also have X-Window capability and a rich mix of Microsoft Windows software. In addition, there are several well-equipped research laboratories, each offering an array of specialized computer equipment. These include Visualization and Virtual Reality Laboratories, the Experimental Computer Systems Laboratory, the Applied Logic Laboratory, the Concurrency and Verification Laboratory, the Design and Analysis Research Laboratory, the File Systems and Storage Laboratory, the Security Systems Laboratory, the Applied Algorithms Laboratory, the Wireless Networking and Simulation Laboratory, the Computer Vision Laboratory, and the Natural Language Processing Laboratory.

Student Group

The Department of Computer Science has about 280 students, split equally between the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Thirty percent are women, 25 percent are domestic, and 98 percent are full-time.

Student Outcomes

A degree in computer science offers excellent employment opportunities. Graduates hold prominent professorships in such institutions as Cornell, Stanford, Yale, and the Universities of Illinois and Texas. Some graduates go into industry, including prominent positions with the research laboratories of Microsoft, Lucent, AT&T, IBM Yorktown Heights, Sony, and others. Some have become leaders of professional societies and CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs of successful companies.

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The Department

The Department of Computer Science has more than 40 faculty members, with more than 280 graduate majors. The Department is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The culture has always been to encourage interaction and keep office doors open. In particular, faculty members and students all gather at the end of every week in an informal social hour in the main hall of the office area.

Location & Contact

Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Prof. Arie Kauffman


Phone: 631-632-8428
Fax: 631-632-8334

Cynthia Scalzo


Phone: 631-632-1521
Fax: 631-632-8334

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Software Engineering Certificate
    • Information Systems Certificate
    • Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Information Systems Engineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 131
    • Doctoral Degrees 15
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,476
    • Accepted 561
    • Acceptance Rate 23
    • Enrolled 214
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students493
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students493
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Full-time Percentage85%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian40%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian42%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown9%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty47
    • Full-time Percentage98%
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Female Percentage17%
    • Male Percentage83%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchArtificial intelligence, computer architecture, database management systems, VLSI, operating systems
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,640,922