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The M.S. in Informatics is a 36-credit hour STEM-focused graduate degree program focusing on transforming raw data into decision-making information. This program is in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, as the information taught is interdisciplinary by nature, and can be used across industries. Courses are taught by faculty from the School of Library and Information Management and  the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The program has two unique concentrations: Geoinformatics and Quantitative Economics. Both concentrations can be completed entirely online, or through a mixture of face-to-face and online courses.

Geoinformatics Concentration

Adviser and Program Coordinator: Dr. Rich Sleezer

The Geoinformatics concentration teaches students how to find the data necessary to analyze a question related to geographic location. Our program uniquely combines geographic information systems, remote sensing, informatics, programming, and statistical analysis all into a single MS program. Environmental risk assessment, natural resource management, precision farming, energy exploration, urban planning, and infrastructure management are all examples of uses of geoinformatics.


Program requirements: See PDF

Upon completion of this concentration students are highly marketable and are likely to obtain positions that require geospatial analyses, ranging from environmental positions to military intelligence and private consulting.

Quantitative Economics Concentration

Advisor and Program Coordinator: Dr. Bekah Selby

The Quantitative Economics concentration prepares students with strong quantitative backgrounds in data science. Focusing on econometric analyses and programming, this concentration is rigorous and mathematically intensive to equip students to be versatile and truly interdisciplinary in their application of quantitative economics.


Program requirements: See PDF

Upon completion of this degree, students are likely to find positions as data analysts and marketing researchers in both private and public sectors.