New York Institute of Technology Announces Ph.D. in Computer Science

December 4, 2019

New York Institute of Technology College of Engineering and Computing Sciences today announced that it will offer its new Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program, the highest academic degree that may be conferred by a university, in the 2020-2021 academic year. The new Ph.D. in Computer Science will offer highly talented students an advanced research-oriented education in cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing, and related fields.

“The Ph.D. in Computer Science represents a pivotal moment for the history of our institution as well as the growth of our region,” said President Henry C. ‘Hank’ Foley, Ph.D. “Continued innovation and competitive research in computer science and engineering fields will require a highly educated workforce. As the first Ph.D. to be offered by our College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, this degree program will deliver the technical expertise needed to boost and sustain the region’s growing tech hub.”

By 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent nationwide increase in computer and information technology jobs. Accordingly, the university’s new degree program aims to meet an urgent regional demand for well-trained scientists, researchers and practitioners in emerging areas of computer science. Graduates will prepare for research careers that advance state-of-the-art advancements in their disciplines and allow them to serve as leaders in academia, R&D, industry, and government labs and entities. New York Institute of Technology is the first to offer a Ph.D. in Computer Science in either Nassau or Queens County. 

“This is a transformational moment in the evolution of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Tech. This new degree program marks a milestone for us, as we embark on preparing the next generation of computer scientists, researchers, and innovators for the fast-changing workforce of the 21st century.” said Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “Through rigorous training and transformative research, program graduates will be positioned to become not only prominent members of the research community but also the technical leaders of our region, state, and nation.”

While enrolled, degree candidates will complete core fundamental theoretical courses in computer science. They will also complete cutting-edge research alongside expert New York Tech faculty, and explore special topics intended to bridge the gap between high-technology research and its commercialization. Research areas include machine learning and privacy, mobile security research, vehicle security research, and artificial intelligence, among others.

About New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology offers 90 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in more than 50 fields of study, including computer science, data, and cybersecurity; biology and biomedical studies; architecture and design; engineering; health professions and medicine; IT and digital technologies; management; communications and marketing; education and counseling; and energy and sustainability. A nonprofit, independent, private, and nonsectarian institute of higher education, New York Institute of Technology welcomes more than 9,000 students worldwide. The university has campuses in New York City (Manhattan) and Long Island (Old Westbury), New York; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as programs around the world.

New York Institute of Technology embraces its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, give all qualified students access to opportunity, and support research and scholarship that benefit the larger world. More than 100,000 alumni comprise an engaged network of doers, makers, and innovators prepared to change the world, solve 21st-century challenges, and reinvent the future.

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