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WPI’s Computer Science department is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering courses and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation, among many others. WPI stays at the forefront of this ever-growing industry so that as society's use of computers expands, our students are confident in their knowledge of developing technologies in the real world through their work on large-scale team projects that make a real difference to the community.

Our hands-on education ensures that graduates of the Computer Science program leave WPI as problem-solvers and accomplished researchers who are ready to hit the ground running and make immediate contributions to this exciting and dynamic field.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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WPI offers two master’s degrees in computer science to help students find the right academic path to reach their career goals. Find out which degree is right for you.

A Cybersecurity concentration is available within the Bachelor of Computer Science degree.  A Cybersecurity specialization is available within the Master’s or PhD in Computer Science.

The Most Recent Edition of SIGBITS

A summary of department happenings involving faculty and students.

Student Voices

Daniel S

Daniel S.

Junior, BS in Computer Science

Danny’s interdisciplinary team focused on reevaluating and improving the climate change resiliency and chemical safety program of their sponsor, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA). Through interviews, surveys, and site visits, the team presented OTA with solutions to increase the effectiveness of their program and create safer workplaces for all.

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Justin A.

Junior, BS in Computer Science

Justin has taken advantage of all WPI has to offer, and the balanced mix of academics and extracurricular activities melds his interests perfectly.

Mikel M

Mikel M.

BS, Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD)
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Thomas W.

Junior, BS in Computer Science; Minor in Business

Thomas and the other members of his team researched the redevelopment options for Boston's four Inner Harbor Designated Port Areas (DPAs). Through interviews with representatives from community groups, site visits, and examinations of solutions that have proven in other local and international areas, Thomas and his teammates presented their sponsor, Boston Harbor Now, with several options on how to utilize the vacant land within the Inner Harbor meant to protect marine-dependent industries.

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Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development Program

Robots will steal (some of) our jobs, and this may not necessarily be a bad thing. It is inevitable that robotic interfaces and assistants will play a bigger role in the workplace in the decades ahead of us. Yet, as current robotics research shows, robots perform better at tasks that are considerably difficult for humans and fail in tasks that are easy for humans. As such, the future of work depends on how well we can establish a division of labor between robots and humans, so that robots will perform tasks that are risky and dangerous, and humans will focus on higher-level, more meaningful, and yet easier, value-added activities that are less strenuous.

Careers in Computer Science

The widespread and increasing use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained, innovative workers with extensive practical and theoretical expertise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continually predicts a faster-than-average growth rate in computer science jobs, thanks to the continued creation and adoption of new technologies.

CS Department Celebrated 50th Anniversary March 16, 2019

 

Our Computer Science 50th Anniversary Celebration was a wonderful event!

Thank you to all that made the trip back to campus to celebrate with us. 

See Photos and a Panel Video from the day. 

Media Coverage

Rodica Neamtu, associate teaching professor of computer science, was quoted in a Worcester Magazine article on her students developing an iOS phone app for Worcester-based nonprofit Audio Journal. “I realized that this was going to be something bigger than creating a nice app,” Neamtu said, referring to the project the students did as part of their Major Qualifying Project (MQP).

The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI creating a Master’s in Cyber Security, a new graduate program that prepares students to be leaders in the fields of cyber security and computer science. The program launches in fall 2021 and applications are currently being accepted. “We recognize that the workforce needs professionals who can combine technical expertise in security with an understanding of its impact on people and businesses,” Craig Shue, associate professor of computer science, said in a statement.

Announcements

May 06, 2021
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
February 19, 2021
The STEM Education Center
February 09, 2021
School of Arts & Sciences
October 09, 2020
School of Arts & Sciences
October 01, 2020
School of Arts & Sciences
May 04, 2020
Teacher Preparation Program, Teaching & Professional Development, The STEM Education Center, Social Science & Policy Studies
March 02, 2020
Computer Science, Data Science, The Business School, Mathematical Sciences, Robotics Engineering
February 14, 2020
School of Arts & Sciences