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Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

IU offers nation's first informatics Ph.D. degree

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved Indiana University's request to begin offering the nation's first Ph.D. in informatics. IU plans to begin the Ph.D. program this fall (2005).

The program will initially offer tracks in bioinformatics, chemical informatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction and social informatics. As the program grows, administrators plan to add tracks in cybersecurity, new media, music informatics, complex systems, modeling and networks.

Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to take positions in higher education or work in industry.

The IU School of Informatics is now accepting student applications for Ph.D. study at IU's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. The application deadline for financial aid consideration is March 21. All other applications are due April 15.

For more information about the Informatics Ph.D. program, please see:

Created in 1999, the IU School of Informatics is the nation's first such school. It has grown steadily, adding 21 new faculty members to its Bloomington and Indianapolis rosters just last fall (2004).

For general information about the IU School of Informatics, please contact Assistant Dean Susan Quinn at 812-856-6091 or