The M.S. degree program in Informatics at UL Lafayette is the first program of its kind in Louisiana.
The new interdisciplinary Master of Science in Informatics at UL Lafayette is designed to prepare graduates to design and implement technological solutions in a range of industries and organizations. The master's in Informatics program focuses on the information technology aspect of enterprise computing, including the analytics, reporting, database management and other software solutions systems. The curriculum incorporates courses in informatics and computing and is designed so you can apply your degree at any level in, and across, any organization or area.
In our informatics graduate program, we emphasize scholarly research and the application of the scientific method to computing and information technologies. Our aim is to guide graduate students in the design, maintenance, and adaptation of information systems that solve problems pertinent to human needs, and more. Research areas by our faculty include: bioinformatics, cloud computing, computational thinking, human-computer interaction, the internet and web, network science, and modeling and simulation, to name a few. Learn more about our computing and informatics research.
Our location in Lafayette, Louisiana, is an ideal place to earn your graduate degree in informatics.. Our program addresses the current and expected demand for well-prepared computing and information technology professionals across the state, including the Acadiana region —meaning you will have an abundance of research, internship, and career opportunities in your own backyard, especially in light of the recent technological innovation and the international/national companies that have opened offices in Lafayette and the Acadiana Region.
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In addition to the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, you must also meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- A bachelor’s degree in any field
Completion of pre-calculus, survey of calculus, and statistics. Those courses at UL Lafayette are:
- MATH 109 or MATH 143
- MATH 250
- STAT 325 or 427
- Satisfactory score on the GRE
Substitutions for these general requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Coordinator at the time of application.
Courses & Curriculum
To graduate with your Master of Science in Informatics, you must complete the 33-hour curriculum, which includes the opportunity to pursue a thesis or go with a non-thesis track of study.
The curriculum incorporates courses in informatics and computing (e.g., human-computer interaction, network infrastructures, systems development, IT security, data analysis and visualization, distributed databases, cloud computing and big data applications, to name a few) and also offers the opportunity, depending on your own research interests, to take a class or two in another discipline like biology, business, geology, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
Internship & Research Opportunities
The School of Computing and Informatics has partnered with businesses and organizations in the region, including medical/health care, oil and gas, information technology, and transportation/distribution, and others, to provide internships for students in the master’s in informatics program.
The School of Computing and Informatics is also home to the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) and is affiliated with the Informatics Research Institute, both of which conduct research in advanced computing and data science, respectively. As such, students in the informatics graduate program have access to cutting-edge research and technology transfer.
Career Opportunities for Informatics Graduates
Informatics and computing are among the fastest growing professions in the country. In fact, the national job outlook for computing and information technology occupations is expected to grow faster than average (i.e., about 12%, depending upon the specific occupation), between now and the year 2024), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a graduate with your master’s in informatics, you’ll be highly skilled, technically trained, and extremely employable in both Louisiana and across the country.
Contact the Graduate Coordinator
For more information about the Master of Science in Informatics program, contact the graduate coordinator:
Dr. Michael Totaro
James R. Oliver Hall, Room 203
P. O. Box 41808
Lafayette, LA 70504-1808