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Computer Science

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"The faculty of computer science is part of the long-term solution to meet demands for a significantly expanded digital workforce. We want to be part of addressing critical issues facing our communities and our world." - Dr. Luigi Benedicenti, Dean, faculty of computer science

The faculty of computer science at the University of New Brunswick, established in 1990, is Canada’s first computer science faculty and boasts two undergraduate programs, three master’s programs, and a PhD program.

Through experiential education, exceptional research and collaborative industry projects, the faculty aims to advance computer science knowledge and educate the next generation of information technology leaders with a strong computer science foundation.

New vision & growth strategy

The faculty is pursuing a renewed and focused vision to become the point of reference for transformative education and the catalyst of Atlantic digital innovation. It will be a beacon for the digital community, the most community-engaged computer science faculty in Canada, and a centre of excellence for computer science research.

Guided by this vision, the faculty’s growth strategy aims to double undergraduate enrolments and triple graduate student enrolments over the next five years. We are growing collaborations and research partnerships with our community and industry partners to help solve real-world problems, and we have launched a new Chair in Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation to instill in our students an advanced entrepreneurial mindset.

Most importantly, as we grow and evolve, we are focusing on creating a faculty and CS student community rooted in principles and practice of equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects.

Celebrating 40 years of co-op

The faculty’s renowned co-op program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and continues to grow. It boasts partnerships with more than 100 companies, government and organizations to place more than 400 students in work terms annually.

More than 60 per cent of computer science students are part of the co-op program and over 80 per cent of those are offered a job from one of their co-op employers before or when they graduate!

Core research strengths

The faculty’s core research strengths include the burgeoning areas of:

  • Data science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human computer interaction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Systems
  • Entrepreneurship

Our faculty is involved in a myriad of institutes, labs and centres in key areas of computer science and digital transformation:

The faculty boasts four research chairs, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, as well as Chairs in Smart Grid Security and Privacy, IoT Security and an applied Chair in Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation.

Be part of our growth

Here we grow! As alumni, you are already an important part of our success, so as we reach further and higher why not be a part of our future?

Opportunities for alumni involvement:

If you'd like to learn more about your options for supporting computer science, contact Jeff Wright at (506) 447-8110.

"The faculty of computer science has broadened my knowledge and prepared me for challenging work environments. I have had the opportunity to work with a well-established IT company and engage with various clubs and societies on campus. I am extremely proud of my journey this far as a woman in tech and I am immensely grateful for all the opportunities that I received from the faculty of computer science at UNB." - Tanzim Bint Abdul Majid, 3rd year computer science student