FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the Informatics program accept applications for all semesters?
The department accepts M.S. and Ph.D. applications for the fall semesters only; application to our Certificate Programs can be made at any time of the year. 

What are the deadlines for M.S. and Ph.D. applications?
Applications for the fall semester:  February 1.
Spring and summer applications are not accepted.

Is a personal interview required for application? 
Students are not asked to participate in an interview as part of the application process.  The department recommends that Ph.D. applicants establish contact with Informatics-affiliated faculty with similar research interests before or during the application process. Please see our Informatics People pages for contact information and review keyword descriptions of interest areas.

Are certain undergraduate degrees required for an Informatics Degree?
No specific undergraduate degrees are required; we accept students from a variety of undergraduate study areas.

Are there any prerequisite courses for admission - specifically computer or programming coursework?
There are no prerequisites for admission to the program.  Initial core coursework in informatics includes both database and programming classes.  

Are TOEFL scores required for International Students?  If so, what are the minimum required scores?
TOEFL requirements are established by the Graduate College.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for the paper-based test (PBT); 81 for the internet-based test (IBT). Newly admitted students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT, or below 100 on the IBT, are required to complete an English Proficiency Evaluation on campus before their first registration.

Is a minimum GRE score required for application?
There is no minimum GRE requirement. Applicants currently being admitted to our program generally have both Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores in the 155-160+ range (based on the new GRE scale).  Admission decisions take into account all aspects of an application.

Does the Informatics department offer financial support for both M.S. and Ph.D. students enrolled in the program?
At this time our program has limited fellowships available for Ph.D. students only.  We encourage students to apply for the many research assistantship (RA) and teaching assistantship (TA) positions within the University, once they are admitted to our program.

May I complete the Certificate, M.S. or Ph.D. program from a distance?
Informatics does not currently offer a distance education program.  There are a few courses that are web-based, but most courses require on-campus attendance.

How long does it typically take to complete each program? 
Most MS students are able to complete their programs of study in two years.  The length of time for Ph.D. program completion in Informatics varies based on each student’s area of research, but it typically takes around five years.