The Doctor of Philosophy program in informatics requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. It is offered in four subprograms: bioinformatics and computational biology, geoinformatics, health informatics, and information science.
The 72 s.h. required for the Ph.D. includes 9-12 s.h. in foundations of informatics and at least 9 s.h. in disciplinary applications of informatics. Other course requirements are outlined in the curriculum specific to each subprogram.
Students select an advisor from their subprogram's affiliated faculty members. In consultation with their advisors, students prepare a study plan, which is reviewed by their mentors and curricular advisory committees at least once a year. Ph.D. students must pass a comprehensive examination at or near completion of their course work requirements. The exam may be written, oral, or both, depending on the structure of the student's subprogram or the decision of the student's committee.
A student who does not already hold an M.S. in informatics from the University of Iowa and who has passed the Ph.D. comprehensive examination may be granted an M.S. degree in informatics without taking the final master's degree exam, upon recommendation by the informatics program.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, including the dissertation and its oral defense, students are awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
For more information about the Doctor of Philosophy requirements, see Academic Programs on the Informatics Program website.
Applicants to the Ph.D. 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.
The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.