PhD in Informatics and Computing (PhD INF)

The PhD in Informatics and Computing program will prepare you to work in the transformative "fourth paradigm" of science and engineering, an interdisciplinary field relying on big data and advanced software, hardware, and statistics skills. After a streamlined, five-year plan of study, you’ll be ready to be a leader in industry and government research labs, a faculty member or research scientist in academia, or entrepreneur in cutting-edge informatics application areas.

As a graduate, you will make contributions to exciting projects that address critical areas of national need in these areas:  

  • bioinformatics
  • population health and health informatics
  • environmental sustainability
  • ecology and ecoinformatics
  • software engineering
  • wearable computing
  • cyber-physical systems
  • cybersecurity

Your research and education will be strengthened through broad collaborations with a variety of academic, government, and private entities:

Informatics and Computing PhD program partnerships span the university, multiple centers and institutes, and various organizations:

For a full list of partnerships for the PhD program:

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This program only admits students in the Fall term. The deadline for applying for Fall admission is January 15.





We accept students from broad formal educational backgrounds:

  • biology
  • ecology
  • computer science
  • electrical engineering
  • statistics

However, all students must possess sufficient mastery of key foundational areas in order to meaningfully engage in and contribute to original research. These areas include programming, data structures, software development methods, and statistics. Program faculty may require that students admitted into the program correct any deficiencies in these areas by enrolling in additional undergraduate or graduate courses.

To successfully complete the program, students must also complete a series of examinations.