Graduate Program

The Department of Computer Science at William & Mary offers a stimulating, collegial environment in which to pursue M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science. These degrees may be specialized in Computational Science. In cooperation with the Department of Mathematics, the Department also offers graduate degrees in Computational Operations Research. Defining qualities of the graduate program include the opportunity for easy interaction with faculty, and excellence in research and teaching. Degrees offered:

  • M.S. Computer Science
  • M.S. Computer Science, Computational Operations Research Specialization
  • M.S. Computer Science, Computational Science Specialization
  • Ph.D. Computer Science
  • Ph.D Computer Science, Computational Science Specialization

Established in 1986, the graduate program features an outstanding placement record for its graduates. Students earning an M.S. have found employment with computer system manufacturers, with software development companies, with technical consulting firms, and within the aerospace and defense industries; several have founded or joined start-up companies. Students earning a Ph.D. have gone on either to tenure-track academic positions (eight of them have received prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation, and one has received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research) or to industrial research and development positions.

The Computer Science Department provides a strong research program with faculty actively engaged in research in the following areas: algorithms, computer systems and networking, high performance computing, modeling and simulation, programming languages and compilers, security, software verification, software engineering, graphics, and scientific computing.

Graduate students benefit from the strong research funding received by the department's faculty, which allows faculty members to offer competitive Research Assistantship positions. Federal agencies that support research within the department include the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and NASA. Faculty and graduate students also collaborate with, and receive support from, major IT firms, including IBM, HP Labs, and Google, to name a few. In addition, the proximity of NASA Langley Research Center, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) offer further opportunities for collaborative research.

For questions about the graduate program, please send email to [[cs|gradinfo]].