The University of South Carolina Upstate celebrated the inaugural graduating class of its master’s degree program in informatics with a special hooding ceremony Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the JM Smith Board Room, located in the Health Education Complex.
Informatics is the study of information systems and information processing, including the social impacts of information technology in a particular domain. All aspects of business and life in general, have become increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) and electronic processing of information during the past 30 years.
The program, begun in the fall of 2013 with an initial class of six, has produced four graduates — Thomas Shovlin, Marsha Jordan, Aaron Lowder and Peter Rogers. Shovlin, Lowder and Rogers each received their bachelor of arts in information management in systems from USC Upstate.
The master’s of science in informatics is a multidisciplinary technology degree focusing on information resource management and health information. Offered by the Department of Informatics in the College of Arts and Sciences, the degree requires 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate including six hours of thesis or independent study. Courses in the program are offered at night to accommodate working professionals. Currently 15 students are enrolled in the program.
Each of the four graduates has completed the program in two years, while continuing to work their full-time jobs.
The graduates will receive their degrees during commencement ceremonies to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015.