Manipulating Data to Answer Urgent Questions

The ability to answer urgent, new questions using large data sets has become increasingly vital. In the years ahead, demand will continue to grow for computer scientists specifically trained in methods of extracting knowledge from ever-larger data sets. Experts are needed who can develop the required computing systems and software.

New for Spring 2016, our specialization in data-centric computing is designed to meet this need. The program incorporates intensive study across a spectrum of related areas including machine learning, databases, data mining, algorithms, and systems.

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A Well-Rounded Degree

Our CS students have the opportunity to study data-centric computing not only with a computer science focus, but from a broad perspective as well. In particular, students are encouraged to enroll in courses from other data-centric programs at BU, including those at the Metropolitan College (MET), the Bioinformatics program in the College of Engineering, and the Questrom School of Business. These courses include a wide range of data implications from database management, to biological database systems, to advanced business analytics.

Meet Our Faculty

Our data-centric computing professors are internationally recognized experts in their fields. Meet faculty members John Byers, Mark Crovella, George Kollios, Stan Sclaroff, and Evimaria Terzi.


From cell phone privacy to data mining to image and video computing, our professors and researchers are continually exploring and breaking new ground. See where they’re headed next.

Careers: Next Steps

Our CS Connections program is designed to link students and potential employers in the computer science and data-centric computing fields. We also offer plenty of professional resources, networking events, and the latest job and internship listings.

Resources for Current MS Students