Master of Science in Informatics

University of South Carolina Upstate

Program Description

Master of Science in Informatics

University of South Carolina Upstate

The Master of Science in Informatics program consists of at least 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of eight required courses (24 credit hours) and six credit hours of thesis or independent study.

Two tracks of study are available to students: Health Information Management (HIM) and Information Resource Management (IRM).

As an academic discipline, informatics involves the study of information and the application of information technology to the acquisition, processing, management and utilization of information.

The past 30 years have seen all aspects of business, and life in general, become increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) and electronic processing of information. IT and information management have become the lifeblood of organizations and effect almost every job. Many employees today are information workers (even if their job title does not officially reflect the role) whose daily job duties require the usage of an array of information and communication technologies as well as information management and processing practices, procedures and methodologies.

The design, procurement, implementation, maintenance and evolution of information-based resources are collectively known as information resource management. The mission of the Department of Informatics is to prepare professionals with a multi-disciplinary education rich in information technology, information management, business and communication - skills the information resource management job market is looking for in today’s graduates.

Student Learning Outcome

Upon graduation from the Master of Science in Informatics program, students will be able to:

Envision and plan information management systems, solutions, structures and processes. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance. Utilize information management resources to analyze and transform information into a knowledge-creating competitive advantage for businesses or organizations.

Curriculum

Courses offered will either be entirely online or will be a hybrid course. Hybrid courses are online but also require a few live meetings. Students may attend live meetings in Greenville or Spartanburg or by other special arrangement (for students not in the Upstate South Carolina area).

Four core courses are required for both tracks, and four additional courses are needed for each track. Students lacking prerequisite knowledge, as determined by the review panel, may be required to complete one or more additional courses at the undergraduate level.

ETM Student 2 Master of Science in Informatics

The Master of Science in Informatics program consists of at least 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of eight required courses (24 credit hours) and six credit hours of thesis or independent study.

Two tracks of study are available to students: Health Information Management (HIM) and Information Resource Management (IRM).

As an academic discipline, informatics involves the study of information and the application of information technology to the acquisition, processing, management and utilization of information.

The past 30 years have seen all aspects of business, and life in general, become increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) and electronic processing of information. IT and information management have become the lifeblood of organizations and effect almost every job. Many employees today are information workers (even if their job title does not officially reflect the role) whose daily job duties require the usage of an array of information and communication technologies as well as information management and processing practices, procedures and methodologies.

The design, procurement, implementation, maintenance and evolution of information-based resources are collectively known as information resource management. The mission of the Department of Informatics is to prepare professionals with a multi-disciplinary education rich in information technology, information management, business and communication - skills the information resource management job market is looking for in today’s graduates.

Student Learning Outcome

Upon graduation from the Master of Science in Informatics program, students will be able to:

Envision and plan information management systems, solutions, structures and processes. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance. Utilize information management resources to analyze and transform information into a knowledge-creating competitive advantage for businesses or organizations. Curriculum

Courses offered will either be entirely online or will be a hybrid course. Hybrid courses are online but also require a few live meetings. Students may attend live meetings in Greenville or Spartanburg or by other special arrangement (for students not in the Upstate South Carolina area).

Four core courses are required for both tracks, and four additional courses are needed for each track. Students lacking prerequisite knowledge, as determined by the review panel, may be required to complete one or more additional courses at the undergraduate level.

Admission Criteria

Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate as a degree candidate will be considered for full admission when the USC Upstate Admissions Office receives all admissions materials. However, students are eligible to take up to six hours of program courses pending receipt of all materials.

ETM Student 2 Master of Science in Informatics

The Master of Science in Informatics program consists of at least 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of eight required courses (24 credit hours) and six credit hours of thesis or independent study.

Two tracks of study are available to students: Health Information Management (HIM) and Information Resource Management (IRM).

As an academic discipline, informatics involves the study of information and the application of information technology to the acquisition, processing, management and utilization of information.

The past 30 years have seen all aspects of business, and life in general, become increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) and electronic processing of information. IT and information management have become the lifeblood of organizations and effect almost every job. Many employees today are information workers (even if their job title does not officially reflect the role) whose daily job duties require the usage of an array of information and communication technologies as well as information management and processing practices, procedures and methodologies.

The design, procurement, implementation, maintenance and evolution of information-based resources are collectively known as information resource management. The mission of the Department of Informatics is to prepare professionals with a multi-disciplinary education rich in information technology, information management, business and communication - skills the information resource management job market is looking for in today’s graduates.

Student Learning Outcome

Upon graduation from the Master of Science in Informatics program, students will be able to:

Envision and plan information management systems, solutions, structures and processes. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance. Utilize information management resources to analyze and transform information into a knowledge-creating competitive advantage for businesses or organizations. Curriculum

Courses offered will either be entirely online or will be a hybrid course. Hybrid courses are online but also require a few live meetings. Students may attend live meetings in Greenville or Spartanburg or by other special arrangement (for students not in the Upstate South Carolina area).

Four core courses are required for both tracks, and four additional courses are needed for each track. Students lacking prerequisite knowledge, as determined by the review panel, may be required to complete one or more additional courses at the undergraduate level.

Admission Criteria

Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate as a degree candidate will be considered for full admission when the USC Upstate Admissions Office receives all admissions materials. However, students are eligible to take up to six hours of program courses pending receipt of all materials. Click here for graduate tuition and fees.

Additionally, each candidate for the Master of Science in Informatics must:

  • Contact the Department of Informatics for an information packet
  • Submit a Department of Informatics Graduate Evaluation form
  • Complete the University's online application form
  • Submit a state residency status form
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation using forms provided in the information packet
  • Submit a minimum Miller Analogy Test (MAT) score of 390 or a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 400 on the verbal section and 400 on the quantitative section
  • Submit official copies of transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Achieve a minimum GPA on all undergraduate course work of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide proof of immunization for measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella) if born after Dec. 31, 1956
  • Complete a personal interview with a faculty member of the Department of Informatics

As long as all other admission requirements have been fulfilled, a student may apply for conditional admission by submitting a written request to the Chair of the Department of Informatics, in either of the following cases:

  • If, after two attempts, the student fails to meet the required Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 390 or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 400 on the verbal section and 400 on the quantitative section
  • The student has a GPA on all undergraduate coursework below 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • If the student is granted conditional admission, the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 on the initial 12 hours of USC Upstate graduate coursework to be fully admitted as a masters candidate. If the student fails to achieve this grade point average, the student may not continue in the masters program.

Each candidate will be reviewed by an admissions panel, consisting of faculty from the Department of Informatics.The panel will make recommendations, including possible remedial coursework (additional courses at the undergraduate level to repair any deficiencies in the candidate’s background), to the chair of the Department of Informatics who will make the final decision on admission. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be able to reverse any admissions decision made by the chair.

Before a student begins the independent study or research portion of the curriculum, each student will be assigned a faculty mentor to serve as the student’s advisor. Some students may be offered graduate student stipends depending on availability of fundin

Graduate Tuition and Fees

View the official University of South Carolina fee schedule

Graduate students (12 hours or more)

  • SC residents: $6,012 per semester
  • Non-residents: $12,885 per semester

Graduate students (11 hours or less)

  • SC certified teachers: $320 per semester hour
  • Non-residents holding SC certification: $365 per semester hour
  • SC residents: $501 per semester hour
  • Non-residents: $1,073.75 per semester hour

Tuition for audit is the same as for credit

FEES:

  • Security Fee per semester: $35
  • Technology fee: $9 per credit hour
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

$13,000/semester



Last updated September 13, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept., 2016
Duration
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1 year
Full time
Price
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26,000 USD
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Start date Sept., 2016
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USA Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Duration 1 year
Price 26,000 USD