The Master of Science program in informatics requires a minimum of 30-32 s.h. of graduate credit, depending on a student's choice of subprogram: the bioinformatics and computational biology subprogram requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of credit; the geoinformatics, health informatics, and information science subprograms require a minimum of 32 s.h. of credit. Students working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in informatics may be granted a Master of Science degree upon completion of the M.S. requirements.
Credit required for the M.S. includes 9-12 s.h. in foundations of informatics and at least 9 s.h. in disciplinary applications of informatics.
Students select an advisor from their subprogram's affiliated faculty members. In consultation with their advisors, students prepare a study plan, which is reviewed at least once a year. A final master's degree examination, either oral or written, is required.
For more information about the Master of Science requirements, see Academic Programs on the Informatics Program website.
Applicants to the M.S. program should apply to the degree subprogram of their choice; the subprograms make independent admission decisions.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College. They also must meet the admission requirements of the informatics subprogram they want to enter; see Prospective Students/Admission Information on the program's website.
Informatics graduates work primarily in two market sectors. One includes the software and computer industries, from small start-ups to giants such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Intel. These offer job opportunities in software development and design, systems analysis, user-interface development and design, web development, and many other areas. Another sector is made up of organizations whose primary business is not computing, such as banks, insurance, and other financial groups; health care organizations; consulting, media, and legal firms; entertainment companies; and the military.
As many as one-third of the department’s graduates go into research or elect to pursue graduate studies in computer science, business, or other areas for which informatics provides a strong foundation.
The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.