Computer Science at UMass Amherst began (as a Department) in 1964 with three faculty members and has been growing ever since -- building on our strengths in machine learning, computer vision, information retrieval, software engineering, theoretical computer science, networking, and multi-agent systems, and expanding into new fields like graphics, multimedia learning technologies, distributed systems, security and privacy, digital forensics, and databases.
We have grown dramatically since 2005 and now have a faculty of 44 -- promising vitality and innovation in emerging fields for years to come. In Fall 2012, the Department of Computer Science became the School of Computer Science. In Summer 2015, we became the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS).
Today, the College of Information and Computer Sciences offers a world-class curriculum in support of the Bachelor's degree, the Master's degree or the Doctoral degree. Currently, 257 graduate students (177 PhD-track and 80 MS-track), 880 undergraduate majors, and 2,600 classroom students enjoy a broad and comprehensive teaching and mentoring program that provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. The B.S and M.S. programs thoroughly prepare students for advanced careers within the computer industry. CICS also has an interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Computer Science that began in Fall 2010. The Ph.D. program trains students to produce their own ground-breaking research. As one of the highest ranked and highest impact graduate research programs in the nation, UMass Amherst CICS is also is one of the most competitive. All our educational programs expose students to some of the most exciting and significant research being conducted anywhere in the world.
The College is distinguished by its unique culture of collaboration that enhances both research and teaching. Faculty members consistently work together across traditional boundaries between specialties within Computer Science, and graduate students are required to explore a research problem bridging two distinct areas of computer science in completion of their qualifying exam. The College of Information and Computer Sciences is remarkably committed to multi-disciplinary research, with faculty members and students engaged in an unusually large number of projects involving other disciplines. Our research funding exceeded $17.5 million in FY 2015, coming from private industry and all levels of government. CICS maintains significant research collaborations with more than 30 industry-leading technology companies.