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Informatics Curriculum

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. You'll be able to set your pace through 8-week and 16-week courses.

Before beginning the Informatics curriculum, students must have completed pre-calculus, survey of calculus, and statistics. Those courses at UL Lafayette are:

  • MATH 109 or MATH 143
  • MATH 250
  • STAT 325 or 427

We provide distinct paths based on your undergraduate field of study.

1. Students with an undergraduate degree in informatics, computer science, computer engineering, or other related field complete:

  • 18 graduate credit hours of required core Informatics (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;
  • Non-Thesis students take INFX 595: Master’s Project and INFX 591: Informatics Capstone.
  • Thesis students 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:

  • 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;
  • Non-Thesis students take INFX 595: Master’s Project and INFX 591: Informatics Capstone.
  • Thesis students complete 6 graduate credit hours of INFX 599: Thesis Research and Thesis.

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).

Online Elective Courses

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

  • INFX 512: Data Analysis and Visualization - 3 Credit(s).
  • INFX 581: 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.

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).

Find more information in the University catalog