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College of Computing and Engineering

Our History


Dr. Edward Simco

In 1964 Nova University of Advanced Technology was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Nova Southeastern University sits on land that was formerly Foreman Field, a training field for naval aviators during WWII located in Davie, Florida. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy designated what is now the 300 acre campus for educational use only.

Beginning in 1975 with the creation of a graduate computer science program under the direction of Dr. Edward Simco, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. With its first general purpose computer, a VAX 11/780, the school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985.


Dr. John Scigliano

In 1981 Drs. John Scigliano and Abraham Fischler brainstormed on the prospect of starting a Doctorate in Information Science to information library science professionals using telecommunications as the major delivery medium.

The Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) was formed in 1983 to build a new delivery mechanism for learning computer-mediated communications for "online" learning. The Doctorate in Information Science (DAIS) starts.

The school creates the first electronic classroom (ECR) in 1985 with the Master of Science in Computer-Based Learning online program. This program had eight common core courses and seven specializations of study, including training and learning (MSTL), information resource management (MIRM), and information systems (MIS).

Dr. Edward Lieblein

In 1989 the Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) and Center for Computer Science (CCS) merge to form The Center for Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS). The new school now supported areas of specializations in computer science, computer information systems, information systems, information science, and computing technology in education. Dr. Edward Lieblein, dean of the school from 1993 - 2009.

College of Computing and Engineering

The College of Computing and Engineering (CCE) was created in 2015 to prepare students to meet the technological challenges of today. Drawing on 40 years of institutional experience in computing education and research, and 30 years of experience in innovative program delivery, CCE offers focused and flexible programs aligned to industry’s most sought-after fields to help students reach their full potential. CCE has a distinguished faculty, evolving curricula, and an alumni network that integrates 40 years of graduates from computing disciplines at NSU. CCE has flexible online and campus-based formats for its bachelor’s, masters and Ph.D. programs.

Undergraduate Degrees

The three undergraduate programs offered by the College of Computing and Engineering span the breadth of jobs in the computing hardware, software, and information disciplines. 

Each degree is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) that prepares students equally well for the workplace as for graduate study. The graduate programs at the college are excellent opportunities for students to do research and acquire advanced knowledge in the discipline.

The undergraduate programs are:

Master of Science Degrees (M.S.)

Students select a preferred format (online or on-campus) in their admission applications, but once admitted may take courses in either format. Students electing the online format may participate in online classes from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. On-campus classes are held on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale. Each class meets once a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for 16 weeks in the fall term, 17 weeks in the winter term and 14 weeks in the summer term.

The master’s degree programs are:

Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph.D.)

The college offers a unique Ph.D. program, that includes a blend of on-campus and online activities. On-campus sessions are held the at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus; students may also choose online course options. The Ph.D. programs have two curriculum pathways. With the M.S. pathway, earn a Ph.D. degree with a minimum of 51 credits. With the B.S. pathway, earn a Ph.D. degree with a minimum of 66 credits. 

The doctoral programs are:

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