Informatics

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Graduate
Department: Master's Degree

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.

  • Live courses are offered in the evening hours. Many courses are offered entirely online or hybrid. 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).

    Three 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. 

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

    • Contact the Department of Informatics for an information packet: 864-503-5432 or dsandor@uscupstate.edu.
    • 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 or a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score
    • 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:

    1. If, after two attempts, the student fails to meet the required Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score 
    2. 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 adviser. Some students may be offered graduate student stipends depending on availability of funding.

  • 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.

    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.
    • Use information management resources to analyze and transform information into a knowledge-creating competitive advantage for businesses or organizations.