MS in Informatics


Master of Science in Informatics
30 Units

The Master of Science in Informatics 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.

Learn more about the MS in Informatics program. Sign up to attend an online information session.

“Students will focus on design thinking skills to learn how to meet the needs of end users. Since instruction is largely hands-on and project-based, graduates will have a complete portfolio to show potential employers.” – Dr. Linda Main

Customized Curriculum

All students will build a foundation focused on human/computer interaction and the needs of the end user. Students will then apply the Informatics skill set in one of two contexts focused on end users within a specific domain, such as Health (including Telehealth) or with a focus on Cybersecurity and Privacy.

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 professors are really good and are experts in their fields.” — Marco Oliver Lopez, ‘20 MS Informatics

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Informatics Open House Sessions

Virtual open house sessions for the fully online MS In Informatics degree program will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the following date:

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022


Details regarding how to join a live open house web conference will be emailed to you after you RSVP.

If these dates do not work for your schedule, please watch a recording of a past session. You may also contact Jason Kaltenbacher with any questions.


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.