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Advance technology. Move the world.

Are you creative? Do you embrace challenges? Do you want a great job? Do you hope to make a positive difference in the world? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, welcome to Computer Science at Iona.  Whether your interest is in web design or artificial intelligence, gaming technology or the next iPhone app, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to succeed in one of today’s most exciting and wide-open fields.

Our students work closely with full-time faculty who are active researchers and committed teachers. Because class sizes are small, professors get to know every student in the program and can provide the kind of individualized attention, research opportunities and lasting connections you won’t find in larger schools. Our learning environment is challenging and supportive, with dedicated laboratory facilities that give you access to all of the technology you need.

Computer Science Programs

We offer a BA in Computer Science, a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Science. The BS degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, ensuring that our program meets the highest international standards of excellence. Students may also choose to pursue the accelerated 5-year BS/MS dual degree program. All of these programs are also offered with concentrations in Cyber Security and in Game Development.

Hands-on learning and service

As you prepare for a career in one of today’s hottest fields, internships and service learning will become an important part of your experience. Thanks to our location within the New York metropolitan area, you’ll have unmatched access to a wide variety of internship opportunities, most paid and many eligible for course credit.  Companies such as IBM, New York Life, Pepsi and many other leading employers offer internships that give our students an invaluable link between the classroom and the workplace––and often a job upon graduation.

You’ll also put your skills to work for the greater good. For example, as part of the introductory database class, students recently built databases and web pages for a number of area not-for-profit organizations. Some of our students also help to teach a class in basic computer skills to senior citizens.

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The world is waiting

Today’s computer scientists are helping to shape our future in profound ways, in fields such as:
  • Entertainment – computer gaming and movie production
  • Communication – mobile application development, web application development, data mining
  • Medicine – computer-assisted surgery and medical imaging
  • Art – digital art and virtual realities
  • Transportation – mapping and navigation software and automated vehicles
  • Defense – surveillance and military training, machine learning
  • Environment – meteorology, especially predictive modeling for disaster prediction and intervention

Dr. Paolina Centonze featured on News 12

Cyber Security Program Coordinator Paolina Centonze, Ph.D., was featured on News 12 in a story on international "ransomware" cyberattacks.

Paolina Centonze on News 12

Clare Boothe Luce Program

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Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering." See more information on the national program.

Student Experience

My experience at the 2015 ACSAC took what I thought I knew about security and expanded upon it; in addition to being able to share the work which I conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Centonze, with regards to mobile application permissions with others in the field of security, I in turn found myself exposed to the work of countless others. In addition to the myriad of ideas circulating the conference, I found myself interacting with others from different countries, so not only were ideas shared, but cultures.

Walter Squires '16

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Computer Science Department News

On April 20, 2018, the Iona Computer Science Department held their traditional alumni, students and friends event.

The Computer Science Department held a ceremony for students inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) on April 20, 2018.

On April 14, 2018 the Computer Science Department organized a Hackathon for high school students and hosted it at GaelVentures.
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Iona College adds Cyber Security program

Computer Science professor Dr. Paolina Centonze discusses Iona College's program in cyber security.

Iona College adds Game Development program

Computer Science professor Dr. Lubomir Ivanov discusses Iona College's program in game development.