The CSE Department at UB is one of the first Computer Science degree programs in the world; and with more than 35 full-time faculty members and over 850 graduate and undergraduate students, it is also one of the largest. Our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and consistently ranks among top 60 best programs in the United States. Our distinguished faculty perform world-class research in theory, software, and hardware, and are recipients of numerous awards. Our graduates are highly sought after by both academia and industry.
To apply to the CSE graduate program, you should submit an online application with a processing fee and supporting materials. The online application system becomes available on September 1st and closes on December 31st every year for admission to the following fall semester.
What preparation in computer science and related fields is required for admission into the graduate program?
Although an undergraduate degree (bachelor's or four-year equivalent) is required for admission, an undergraduate degree in computer science or engineering is not required.
Applicants are expected to have successfully completed coursework in computer science and math or logic equivalent to the following:
- two-semester undergraduate introductory sequence using a modern, structured, high-level programming language (such as C, C++, and/or Java) equivalent to our CSE 115-116
- one-semester course in machine organization and assembly language (equivalent to our CSE 241)
- one data-structures course (equivalent to our CSE 250)
- one or two higher-level courses, such as those offered to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates
- four semesters of undergraduate math or logic, including at least one course on proving theorems (equivalent to our Math 141-142, Math/CSE 191, and a higher-level math course)
Applicants missing this coursework can still be admitted to the program, but they would need to take additional coursework. You can find descriptions of the courses cited above on our undergraduate academics website: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/undergrad/courses.php.
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Tech Savvy 11
CSE ran a workshop at AAUW's Tech Savvy 11. Pictured (l-r) are Sada Haider, Lakshmi Ethiraj, Dr. Carl Alphonce, Aishani Bhalla, and Julia Cordani (not pictured: S. Doddi, W. Shi, M. Arnold, V. Kaplinsky, and R. Roberts).
This necklace 'hears' what you eat
Assistant Professor Wenyao Xu and his research partners at China's Northeastern University are developing Autodietary, a high-tech, food-tracking necklace. Read the full press release here.
Dr. Koutsonikolas wins NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas won the NSF CAREER Award for his "CAREER: A Millimeter-Wave Multi-Layer WLAN Architecture for Multi-Gigabit, Always-On Connectivity".
Dr. Gao wins NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Jing Gao won the NSF CAREER Award for her proposal titled, "CAREER: Mining Reliable Information from Crowdsourced Data". The award is expected to total over $500K.
2015 SEAS Faculty Award Winners (CSE)
CSE faculty win awards at the 2015 SEAS Faculty Awards ceremony. Above: Qiao, Alphonce, Rudra, Ko. Below: Xu, Ren, Upadhyaya, Koutsonikolas, Gao.
2015 SEAS Faculty Award Winners (CSE)
Another shot of CSE faculty award winners at the 2015 SEAS Faculty Awards ceremony. Wu, Koutsonikolas, Xu, Ren, Upadhyaya, Rudra, Ko, Alphonce, Gao.
Dr. Qiao Begins Term as CSE Chair
CSE announces Chunming Qiao's appointment as CSE department chair in our 2015-2016 promotional postcard.
International acclaim for Dr. Govindaraju
UB Interim VP for Research and SUNY Distinguished Professor Venu Govindaraju receives international career honor for his research contributions.
UB Interim VP for Research and SUNY Distinguished Professor Venu Govindaraju socializes with some of the 60 alums who attended the inaugural meeting of the UB Engineering Chapter of the Bay Area, UBay, in Palo Alto, CA.
Tech Savvy 10
CSE students ran a workshop at AAUW's Tech Savvy 10. Pictured (l-r) are Savannah Towey, Meg Arnold, Sanjee Choudhery, Dr. Carl Alphonce, Bich Vu, and Christina Nowak (not pictured: Allison Palum).
Thanks to Vans Warped Tour
Prof. Mike Buckley would like to thank Kevin Lyman, Kate Truscott, and the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014 for their generous donation to The Center for Socially Relevant Computing. More »
Catching Chess Cheaters
CSE associate professor, theoretician and International Master chessplayer Kenneth W. Regan is the subject of a technical and biographical profile in the June 2014 issue of Chess Life.
Students competed 'round the clock in UB Hacking 2014 over the weekend of April 5-6. Winners, projects, prizes, and sponsors are announced here.
Tech Savvy 9
CSE students presented a session at UB's Tech Savvy 9. Pictured are Victoria Minorczyk, Bich Vu, Dr. Alphonce, Kayla Weixlmann, Christine Baxter, Amie Vuong (l-r).
Congratulations, Dr. Ko!
CSE Assistant Professor Steve Ko won the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research program titled, 'Systems for Transparency in Personal Devices and Services'.
Congratulations, Dr. Qiao!
Chunming Qiao receives 2013 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Qiao is joined onstage by President Satish Tripathi, Provost Charles Zukoski, and SEAS Dean Liesl Folks.
UBHacking 2013 Winners
GamePute won first prize in a field of 30 teams at UBHacking 2013. Joe Peacock and Nick DiRienzo pose with GamePute team Scott Florentino, Andrew Wantuch, Jen Cordaro, and Andrew Kopanon.
CSE students win SEAS Grad Student Poster Competition
Ankur Upadhyay, Daniel Bellinger, and Sumit Agarwal's work on Laasie won first prize in the 2013 SEAS Grad Poster Competition. They are advised by Luke Ziarek and Oliver Kennedy.
CSE undergrads demonstrate technology from the Center for Socially Relevant Computing (CSRC) to newly-accepted students and their parents at the CSE Open House on Saturday, March 23.
Student Research Poster Session
CSE graduate students and their faculty advisors present research posters in the Davis Atrium on March 7, 2013.
CSE and Management students compete in the Northeast Collegiate Cyberdefense Competition (NCCC) on Saturday, January 19. UB advanced to the next round of competition, to be held at the University of Maine in March.
UB's Center of Excellence in Information Systems, Assurance, Research, and Education (CEISARE) received a $1.6 million NSF grant to train students to protect the United States from cyberattacks. »
Geoffrey Challen and Steven Ko are enlisting hundreds of students to build an unprecedented smartphone network to help scientists improve mobile computers and better understand how they're changing the world. »
Davis Hall dedication
UB hosted Davis Hall's ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12, 2012. Pictured (l to r) are: Kamlesh Tripathi, Margaret Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs, Barbara Davis, Jack Davis, Rajan Batta, George Maziarz, and Harvey Stenger.
Davis Hall southwest elevation
Davis Hall, CSE's new $75M headquarters, is designed to meet LEED "Gold" standards. The building is named for Barbara and Jack Davis. Davis is the founder of Akron-based I Squared R Element Co.
Exposing chess cheats
Theoretician and International Master chessplayer Kenneth W. Regan devises algorithms to detect chess cheating. The New York Times recently profiled his work .
Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptman, a CSE affiliated professor, developed an algorithm for determining crystal structure. Computing in Science and Engineering Magazine named it one of the top 10 algorithms of the 20th century.
Pursuing work on document verification and identification, CSE researchers use machine-learning algorithms to study handwriting variability.
CSE professor Russ Miller is one of the authors of a program that can determine the structure of molecules as large as 2,000 atoms from X-ray diffraction patterns.
CSE professor Aidong Zhang is developing intelligent content-analysis programs to automatically analyze images, replacing human coding of semantic content.
Davis Hall northwest elevation
This concept scheme shows Davis Hall, CSE's new $75M headquarters, viewed from the northwest. The edge of Ketter Hall is visible on the right, just east of Davis. UB held the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12, 2012.
A geometric algorithm developed by CSE professor Jinhui Xu configures a set of radiation beams to destroy brain tumors in a form of computer-aided surgery.
The CSE faculty includes NSF CAREER award holders; ACM, IEEE, and AAAI fellows; and editors of noteworthy journals.
CSE faculty work with researchers in chemistry, the life sciences, the pharmaceutical sciences, media study, geography, and many other disciplines.
Davis Hall northeast elevation
This concept scheme shows Davis Hall, CSE's new $75M headquarters, viewed from the northeast. Ketter and Furnas Halls can be seen on the left, just south of the new building. We broke ground in April 2009.
CEDAR, a CSE-affiliated research center, developed the systems that postal agencies around the world use to automatically sort hand-addressed mail.
CSE's MultiStore Research Group is funded by a $1 million NSF grant for the development of high-performance online data-storage systems.
Cutting-edge research facilities
CSE faculty are major participants in the new $200 million Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics.
Grants for research
CSE faculty average some $4.5 million annually in research grants. Our research areas range from high-performance computing to data mining.
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