Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate education and research are critical to fulfilling the College of Information Sciences and Technology's mission. Through our interdisciplinary master's and doctoral programs, you will receive multidisciplinary training that prepares you to work alongside award-winning faculty and peers to address complex issues related to technology and society.

We welcome applicants from diverse academic backgrounds, including computer science, behavioral sciences, cognitive and brain sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, information sciences, law, life sciences, health sciences, management, philosophy, physical sciences, policy, mathematics, statistics, and the social sciences. This diversity creates a collaborative and inspiring environment where you can take on challenges to advance your career and lead in industry, academia, and government agencies.

M.S. in Informatics

A 30-credit degree program that opens up advanced career opportunities, both in industry and as preparation for a Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Informatics

A 32-credit degree program that prepares graduates to contribute expertise and take on faculty and research positions in academia, industry, and government agencies.


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Penn State Graduate School

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