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What will I learn?

Informaticists apply their interdisciplinary scientific and technological skillsets to analyze and develop solutions for problems central to contemporary science. The M.S. in Informatics enables students to either enter the informatics workforce or continue on to a doctoral program of study.

Individual and team-based assignments will enable students to build mastery of important informatics skills and their practical applications in areas that include population health, bioinformatics, remote sensing, ecological modeling, wearable computing, and machine learning and data science.

The non-thesis option of this program allows students to complete their degree through coursework and project-based learning, while the thesis option is focused on engagement with research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member and culminating in the preparation and defense of a thesis.

The program is strengthened through broad collaborations and partnerships, including the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, and School of Forestry. Regional research collaborators include the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Northern Arizona Healthcare and Flagstaff Medical Center, North Country HealthCare, U.S. Geological Survey, and Northern Arizona Planetary Science Alliance.

Careers

The M.S. in Informatics degree program prepares graduates for careers in a wide variety of areas in the interdisciplinary application of computing, statistics, and technology to science. The thesis option of the program is particularly appropriate for preparing graduates to subsequently enter doctoral programs of study.

Common types of informatics applications include the analysis of massive data sets (Big Data), ecological processes modeling and quantification, genetic and genomic analyses, epidemiology and population health, and remote sensing with satellite and drone imaging.

Informaticists are employed by industry and government research labs, as research scientists in academia, or as entrepreneurs in cutting-edge informatics application areas.

Career opportunities that might be pursued: Data analyst; Research scientist.

With further education, one of these paths is possible: Researcher; University professor.

Which department am I in?

College of the Environment, Forestry and Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 Units)

Tuition fees
US$25,708.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 January 2021

Venue

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff Campus,

FLAGSTAFF,

Arizona,

86011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale for their bachelor’s degree to be considered for regular admission. Admitted students are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences, including general education studies, that are similar to those required for a baccalaureate at Northern Arizona University.

For international students

Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale for their bachelor’s degree to be considered for regular admission. Admitted students are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences, including general education studies, that are similar to those required for a baccalaureate at Northern Arizona University.

The minimum English proficiency scores for most programs are: 80 (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 (IELTS). Scores must be sent directly to the Center for International Education from the Testing Institution.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Teaching is world-class and led by expert faculty who know how to nurture student talent.

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • English language and exchange programs
  • Located in the stunning natural U.S. state of Arizona
  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio