Program Description

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs. The areas of research include:

  • Networks (wireless networks, high-speed networks, sensor networks, algorithms and protocols for computer communication, quality of service);
  • Computer System Design (CAD of VLSI, computer architecture, parallel and distributed systems, VLSI and FPGA design, placement and routing, fault diagnosis);
  • Sensing and Interaction (computer vision, remote sensing, telemetry, computer-based collaboration, assistive and rehabilitative technology, human-computer interaction)

The computer science and engineering faculty members enjoy a close relationship with faculty from other departments. Faculty members carry out joint research projects, supervise students, and teach courses outside their own departments. The department has many ties to nearby industry, employing computer professionals as visiting faculty members and arranging for students to gain practical research experience through work in industrial labs.

Students start the program with core courses in computer architecture and algorithms and then proceed to thoroughly study their area of specialization. The M.S. degree can be completed in one to two years. A Ph.D. degree is usually completed in five to six years. After completing the course requirements, students must pass an oral qualifying exam and write a dissertation. Part-time study is available for students desiring to continue working in industry during their studies.