Welcome to Interdisciplinary Computer Science
Mills offers unique graduate programs for people with bachelor's degrees in other fields who
wish to transition into computer science or interdisciplinary work. We believe that
knowledge of another discipline and computer science is a powerful combination, allowing
our graduates to enrich themselves and the world.
Our Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary
Computer Science (ICS) program provides students of liberal arts background with knowledge
of computer science and how computers interact with many other disciplines, gives students
perspective on the strengths and limitations of computers, and suggests what advances are needed
in computer science to solve theoretical problems in a variety of fields. The innovative aspect
of the program that distinguishes it from other master's programs in computer science is its
focus on relating computers to other disciplines where the combination has potential for great
impact. We encourage you to view the list of ICS theses, which
combine computer science with biology, business, education, music, and many more topics.
We also offer
post-baccaulaureate certificate programs focusing exclusive on computer science. There are
two tracks: one for students planning to directly enter industry, and one for students who wish
to go on for PhDs in computer science. Students from our certificate program have been admitted
to top graduate schools, including MIT, University of Washington, University of Virginia, and
University of California at San Diego.
Because our students and program are so unique, we encourage prospective students to
contact us to discuss their educational goals and whether Mills
would be a good match.
More about us:
- Female MIT grads make mark on field,
Katie Hafner, New York Times, August 21, 2003. (Discusses MIT grad Ellen Spertus and her
direction of the Mills ICS program.)
- From Art to Science,
Wall Street Journal, February 5, 2004.
- Transforming non-geeks into computer whizzes, Silicon Valley Biz Ink, December 5, 2003.
- Leveraging an Alternative Source of Computer Scientists: Reentry Programs
by Sheila Humphreys and Ellen Spertus.
Inroads -- SIGCSE Bulletin (Special Issue on Women and Computing), Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 2002).
- Our students' winning papers in the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility student essay context:
- Viruses, Worms and Biodiversity in Computer Systems, Amy Palke,
- High-Bandwidth Internet Access: Monopolies or Markets, Stephanie Rotter
- Technology and the Very Young: Lapware, Smart Toys, and Beyond, Leah S. Roderman,
- Computer Forensics and Your Rights (Grand Prize Winner), Tu Tran,