About us


The department offers a traditional B.S. degree in systems and computer science, a computer science minor option for non-engineering disciplines at Howard, a graduate certificate course in cybersecurity, a traditional M.S. degree in computer science, an accelerated 1-year M.S. degree in computer science, and a Ph.D in computer science. The B.S. curriculum is a traditional computer science degree. The M.S. curriculum equips students with a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary computer science through training that combines both theory and practice. The graduate certificate program prepares professionals in computer science and related areas to assume positions in secure systems development and managing the critical information security programs in today's organizations. The M.S. program prepares highly competent and broadly skilled practitioners. A majority of the master’s graduates work in industry, in companies ranging from small start-up operations to government labs and large research and development corporations. The Ph.D. program prepares teachers and researchers for positions with universities, government research laboratories, and industry. Academic employment ranges from four-year colleges, where teaching is the primary focus, to positions at major research universities.

Currently, our faculty includes 11 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and 12 adjuncts professors and lecturers. We also have a technical and administrative support staff (4 people). Most of our graduate students are full time. Students contribute to nearly every aspect of the department’s operation. In addition to taking a wide variety of courses, they have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research, to teach, and to attend research group meetings. The local chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery(ACM), and the Upsilon Phi Epsilon (UPE) honor society sponsors both professional and social events. Students are strongly encouraged to seek membership of these organizations; however, membership of UPE is by
invitation only.

Our student population is very diverse in terms of both geographic origin and previous degrees. While computer science, information systems, and mathematics represent the largest number of undergraduate majors among our graduate students, others majored in physics and engineering.

The department derives its strength from a variety of sources, including the quality of its students, the appropriate placement of its graduates, the experience and dedication of its faculty, and the level of corporate support.