Head's Welcome

In 1984, the Computer Science Department at UGA was established with 8 faculty and an undergraduate program. Shortly thereafter, the MAMS degree was added, and in 1987 the MS in CS was approved. The PhD program in CS was approved in 1993 and began in 1995. 

We have now grown to include 27 faculty members, more than 175 enrolled graduate students and over 1065 undergraduate majors, and to serve thousands of non-major undergraduates. 

We offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and our graduates have gone on to prestigious positions in academia, industry, and at private and federal research labs. 

In addition, we offer a Double Dawgs Program: BS in CS/MS in CS in five years. 

The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and an Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Data Science.

In April 2017, The University of Georgia established the Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy (ICSP). The ICSP institute is housed in the Department of Computer Science. In August 2017, the University of Georgia was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2022.

Among our growing, dynamic, research-oriented faculty are experts in bioimaging, cybersecurity and privacy, data analytics, machine learning, distributed systems, databases, vision and image processing, theory, algorithms, bioinformatics, scientific computing, simulation, parallel and distributed computing, real time systems, virtual reality, evolutionary computing, and artificial intelligence. We take pride in their record of excellence in both research and in undergraduate and graduate education. 

Our department is a unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest college within the university, from which the University of Georgia and the University System of Georgia originated. The University of Georgia was chartered by the Georgia legislature in 1785 and is the nation's oldest state university. UGA ranks as one of the top universities in the nation, and it has an enrollment of more than 36,000 students. With over 24,500 students applying for 5,800 seats, the 2017 freshman class was one of the strongest to enter the university, with an average SAT of 1344 and an average GPA of 4.0. Nearly ten percent of entering freshman will enroll in the Honors Program. This group averaged 1490 on the SAT and had an average GPA of 4.12. 

The university's academic reputation, low total costs, and high graduation and retention rates have resulted in notable rankings. US News & World Report placed UGA 18th among the top public universities, and both US News & World Report and Kiplinger's Magazine ranked UGA as 10th among the Best Values in Public Colleges. 

The university is located in the city of Athens, approximately 60 miles from metropolitan Atlanta. It is a charming and historic college town of 110,000, with mild winters and warm summers.

Thank you for visiting us on the web. We invite you to visit us on campus. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a visit.

Thiab R. Taha, Department Head

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