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Informatics programs prepare people to study the design, use, and real-world applications of information technology.

Informatics programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges offer an associate degree in informatics. An associate degree usually takes about two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in informatics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in informatics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in computer science or a similar field, good grades, and good test scores. Prior work experience in the business world is very helpful.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate course work tends to vary from program to program. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Master’s degree programs typically cover many of the subjects listed above in the first year. In the second year, you choose subjects in the area where you want to specialize. A thesis also may be required.


King-Snohomish Area

Northeastern University - Seattle

Shoreline Community College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Puyallup