The Master of Science program in informatics requires a minimum of 31-33 s.h. of graduate credit, depending on a student's choice of subprogram: the bioinformatics and computational biology subprogram requires a minimum of 31 s.h. of credit, the geoinformatics subprogram requires a minimum of 32 s.h. of credit, the health informatics subprogram requires a minimum of 32 s.h. of credit, and the information science subprogram requires a minimum of 33 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 foundations of informatics coursework 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 advisor, 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 the geoinformatics subprogram.

For more information about the Master of Science requirements, see the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics website.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Bioinformatics and computational biology students complete the following coursework.

Core Courses

This course:
ENGR:7270Engineering Ethics1
At least 12 s.h. from these:
IGPI:4213/BIOL:4213/GENE:4213Bioinformatics4
IGPI:5110/CS:5110Introduction to Informatics3
IGPI:5211/BIOL:5211Genes, Genomes, and the Human Condition Graduate Lecture3
IGPI:5321/BME:5320/ECE:5210Bioinformatics Techniques3
BME:4310/BIOC:4310Computational Biochemistry3
BME:5330/BIOL:5320/ECE:5220/GENE:5173/IGPI:5330Computational Genomics3

Statistics

Students complete 6 s.h. in approved graduate statistical coursework; consult advisor.

Electives

Students complete 12 s.h. in approved elective coursework; consult advisor.

Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics students complete the following coursework.

Core Informatics Courses

This course:
IGPI:5110/CS:5110Introduction to Informatics3
One of these:
CS:3210Programming Languages and Tools (when topic is programming with C++ or when topic is programming with Java)3
GEOG:3050Introduction to Geospatial Programming3
One of these:
IGPI:3200/ISE:3760/STAT:3200Applied Linear Regression3
IGPI:4220/BAIS:4220Advanced Database Management and Big Data3
IGPI:4581/GEOG:4580Introduction to Geographic Databases3
IGPI:5120/BIOS:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
IGPI:5199/STAT:5200Applied Statistics I4
IGPI:5400/STAT:5400Computing in Statistics3
IGPI:6100/SLIS:6100Database Management3
BAIS:4480/CS:4480/ECE:4480Knowledge Discovery3
CS:4400Database Systems3

Core Geoinformatics Courses

All of these:
GEOG:3010/IGPI:3010Geographic Information Systems and Science3
Core geoinformatics courses (consult advisor)9

Electives

Students complete 11 s.h. of elective coursework (consult advisor).

Health Informatics

Health informatics students complete the following coursework.

Core and Foundation Courses

All of these:
IGPI:5110/CS:5110Introduction to Informatics3
IGPI:5200/HMP:5370/ISE:5860/MED:5300/SLIS:5900Health Informatics3
IGPI:5220/EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3
One of these:
IGPI:5321/BME:5320/ECE:5210Bioinformatics Techniques3
CS:3210Programming Languages and Tools (when topic is programming with C++ or when topic is programming with Java)3
One of these:
IGPI:4220/BAIS:4220Advanced Database Management and Big Data3
IGPI:6100/SLIS:6100Database Management3
CS:4400Database Systems3
One of these:
IGPI:3011/GHS:3010Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project3
IGPI:3120/STAT:3120Probability and Statistics4
IGPI:5120/BIOS:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
NURS:7002Designing Research3

Electives

Students complete 14 s.h. of approved elective coursework (consult advisor).

Information Science

Information science students complete the following coursework.

Core Courses

All of these:
IGPI:5110/CS:5110Introduction to Informatics3
BAIS:4480/CS:4480/ECE:4480Knowledge Discovery3
CS:3210Programming Languages and Tools (when topic is programming with C++ or when topic is programming with Java)3
One of these:
IGPI:6120/SLIS:6120Natural Language Processing3
CS:4980Topics in Computer Science II (consult advisor)3
One of these:
IGPI:6100/SLIS:6100Database Management3
BAIS:4220/IGPI:4220Advanced Database Management and Big Data3
CS:4400Database Systems3
One of these:
IGPI:3120/STAT:3120Probability and Statistics4
IGPI:5001/POLI:5001Introductory Methodology4

Electives

Students complete 14 s.h. of approved elective coursework (consult advisor).

M.S. (Health Informatics Subprogram)/Pharm.D.

The College of Pharmacy and the Graduate College offer the combined Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science in informatics with a health informatics subprogram. The combined degree program requires completion of 32 s.h. beyond the bachelor's degree. Students who complete the program are granted both degrees.

The Pharm.D./M.S. program assists students to develop special expertise in information technology, including management of electronic health records, health information exchange standards, electronic prescribing, medication management, decision support, as well as other competencies. Graduates will be prepared for employment in industry or academic institutions with skills to address pharmacotherapy issues as well as information technology management.

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program. It is recommended that students apply to the Graduate College for admission to the M.S. program before entering the spring semester of their first year in the pharmacy program. For more information, see Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. in the College of Pharmacy section of the Catalog.

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 on the Graduate College website. They also must meet the admission requirements of the informatics subprogram they want to enter; see Admission Information M.S. and Ph.D. on the program's website.