Master of Science in Informatics


Master of Science in Informatics
30 Units

The Master of Science in Informatics 100% online degree program at the San José State University School of Information prepares graduate students for exciting careers focused on analyzing and managing data—and making that data secure and actionable for users within a specific field, such as health or cybersecurity

The MS in Informatics program is ideal for students with technical and non-technical backgrounds who are interested in exploring connections between people and technology. Possible careers include:

  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Information Architect
  • Quality Assurance Lead
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Online Marketing Analyst
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Application Developer

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Customized Curriculum

All students will build a foundation focused on human/computer interaction and the needs of the end user. Students can then apply the Informatics skill set in one of two contexts focused on end users within a specific domain, with career pathway options including Health (including Telehealth) and Cybersecurity and Privacy. Students may also mix and match courses from the career pathway options to build a comprehensive general Informatics skill set.

There are no internships in this executive-style program, but students have the option to complete an Organizational Consulting Project with a partner company to address a specific Informatics-related problem and gain real-world, hands-on experience. 

Convenient 100% Online Learning

The Informatics program is delivered exclusively online, meaning everything is offered online—including courses, academic advising, faculty office hours, guest speaker presentations, research assistant opportunities, convocation, and more!

There are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Our students interact with peers and instructors through web conferencing, social networking platforms, a web-based learning management system, and other interactive environments.

Most course content is delivered asynchronously, giving students the freedom to access the course at any time they choose, from any location. Some courses also include occasional “live” synchronous sessions.

Our school’s graduate programs received a score in the Exemplary range according to the Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Informatics program requires the successful completion of 30 units. Students have the option to complete classes in 8-week cycles so they can enter the workplace sooner with relevant skills. This offers the possibility of completing the degree in 12 to 18 months.

However, the degree is built to meet the needs of students who want a faster pace and those who need to go through more slowly. A student must take all the Foundations and Skills courses, but can take them over two years—or even longer—as the courses repeat very quickly and are not dependent on each other. The typical time to degree is 18 to 24 months.

The program’s flexibility and more general Informatics focus works well for both those who are just getting their careers started and those who are mid-career and need formal training. 

“Our MS in Informatics degree offers a strong general foundation that is widely applicable to any workplace sector that is information oriented, along with career pathway opportunities in health and cybersecurity and privacy.” — Jason Kaltenbacher, Program Coordinator

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5 Benefits of Our School’s Fully Online Delivery Model

1. Course work and instruction are designed for online learning. Our instructors are experts in online teaching and only teach online courses.

2. Technology is at the forefront of everything we do, with dedicated resources to support adoption of new technologies that advance our online learning environment.