Online or On-Campus
The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Informatics at UL Lafayette is designed to prepare you to design and implement computing and information technology solutions in a range of industries and organizations.
Offered either 100% online or on campus, the master's in informatics program focuses on the information technology aspect of enterprise computing, including the data 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.
Computing across industries
In our informatics graduate program, we emphasize scholarly research and the scientific method for computing and information technologies. Our aim is to guide you in the design, maintenance, and adaptation of information systems that solve problems pertinent to human needs.
Our faculty members’ research covers bioinformatics, cloud computing, computational thinking, human-computer interaction, the internet and web, network science, machine learning, and modeling and simulation, to name a few. Learn more about our computing and informatics research.
Preparing to meet demands
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 considering the recent technological innovation and the international/national companies that have opened offices in Lafayette and the Acadiana Region.
M.S. in Informatics Online
For many students looking to advance or change careers, attending courses on-campus doesn’t fit a busy lifestyle.
Our online master’s in informatics allows you to earn the same graduate degree no matter where you are.
In addition to the many benefits of being a UL Lafayette student, online M.S. in Informatics students have the advantage of:
- 100% online courses.
- Affordable, flat-rate tuition.
- 8-week and 16-week course options.
The GRE application requirement has been suspended through 2021for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admission terms.
Apply now to the MS in Informatics program.
When you apply, you’ll need to note whether you plan to earn your degree 100% online or on campus.
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
The GRE applicant requirement has been suspended for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admission terms.
Substitutions for general undergraduate course 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.
Our online program includes both 8-week and 16-week course options, ideal for working professionals.
The curriculum incorporates courses in informatics and computing, such as:
- human-computer interaction
- network infrastructures
- systems development
- IT security
- data analysis and visualization
- distributed databases
- cloud computing
- big data applications
We also offer the opportunity to take classes 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 to provide internships for on-campus 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. Students in the informatics graduate program engage with faculty committed 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 10%, depending upon the specific occupation) between now and the year 2029, 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