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Master's in Informatics Courses

The Master of Science in Informatics program requires completion of 33 hours of graduate study. After you have completed 12 hours of graduate coursework, you will decide if you want to pursue a thesis or a non-thesis track.

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Our program is the right fit for students with an informatics background as well as those who are new to the field. How you earn the Master of Science in Informatics will depend upon your undergraduate preparation.

  1. Students with an undergraduate degree in a related field of study (e.g., informatics, computer science, computer engineering) complete the following coursework:
    • 18 graduate credit hours of required core INFX courses
    • 3 graduate credit hours of INFX elective coursework
    • 6 graduate credit hours of (1) additional INFX elective coursework and/or (2) elective graduate-level coursework in a related discipline outside of INFX (e.g., Biology, Business, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology) as approved by the Graduate Coordinator
    • Thesis or Non-Thesis?  To complete the degree, students pursuing the Non-Thesis Track of study also take INFX 595: Master’s Project and INFX 591: Informatics Capstone while those doing a Thesis complete 6 graduate credit hours of INFX 599: Thesis Research and Thesis.
  2. Students with an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field of study complete the following required coursework:
    • 6 graduate credit hours of INFX foundation courses
    • 18 graduate credit hours of required INFX core courses
    • 3 graduate credit hours of (1) additional INFX elective coursework and/or (2) elective graduate-level coursework in a related discipline outside of INFX (e.g., Biology, Business, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology) as approved by the Graduate Coordinator
    • Thesis or Non-Thesis?  To complete the degree, students pursuing the Non-Thesis Track of study also take INFX 595: Master’s Project and INFX 591: Informatics Capstone while those doing a Thesis complete 6 graduate credit hours of INFX 599: Thesis Research and Thesis.

Informatics Courses

Informatics (INFX) courses are organized into eight categories:

  1. Of general interest to all areas
  2. Human computer interaction
  3. Information assurance and security
  4. Information management
  5. Information technology infrastructure
  6. Web systems and technologies
  7. Systems integration and architecture
  8. Special courses

Required Core Courses

All students complete the following 18 graduate credit hours of required core courses:

  • INFX 501: Foundations of Informatics - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 502: Systematic Methods in Informatics - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 510: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in Informatics - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 540: Informatics Network Infrastructures and Management - 3 Credit(s)
  • INFX 580: Systems Development - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 590: IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) - 3 Credit(s).

Elective Courses

The following graduate-level INFX courses are available as elective coursework:

  • INFX 512: Data Analysis and Visualization - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 520: IT and Network Security - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 531: Distributed Database Management - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 532: Data Mining and Business Intelligence - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 533: Cloud Computing and Big Data Applications - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 570: Web Application Development - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 575: Process Analysis, Modeling and Design - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 597: Internship

NOTE: As approved by the Graduate Coordinator and the student’s committee chair, a maximum of six hours of 500-level coursework may be taken in a discipline other than Informatics.

Foundation Courses

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Informatics with an undergraduate degree in another field must take the following Foundation courses:

  • INFX 500: Introduction to Informatics - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 530: Database and Network Systems - 3 Credit(s).

Thesis Track

If you choose to pursue a thesis, six credit hours of your graduate program is dedicated to helping you research and write your thesis. The thesis track emphasizes research, and is probably the best choice if you want to eventually pursue a doctoral degree or a career in research.

For the thesis track, students work with their committee to develop and defend, first, a written thesis proposal and, ultimately, a written thesis.

Students are encouraged to talk with faculty members and the Graduate Coordinator about research possibilities and thesis topics early. Once you’ve completed 12 graduate credit hours of coursework, you’ll  formally declare the thesis track and choose a thesis advisor and committee members.

Non-Thesis Track

If you choose the non-thesis track, you’ll complete a special project and a capstone project for your degree. The non-thesis option may be preferable if you’re planning for a career applying research and working in the field.

As a non-thesis student, you’ll complete the following courses to demonstrate a general, comprehensive knowledge of the informatics field:

  • INFX 591: Informatics Capstone 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 595: Master’s Project 3 Credit(s).

Internships

We have partnered with various organizations and businesses in the region to provide internship opportunities for our students, especially for those in INFX 591: Informatics Capstone who are pursuing the non-thesis. Even if you choose to complete a thesis, however, you’re welcome to complete an internship and earn course credit for it.