School and Ranking Information
The 2 schools offering programs in information systems in Seattle are both non-profit 4-year schools. Based on its rankings and program offerings, the following is regarded as one of the best schools in the area for pursuing a degree in information systems:
- Winner: University of Washington is a nationally ranked public 4-year institution. UW has related programs in information science at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Washington|
|Rankings||Tied at #48 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$12,397 (in-state), $31,971 (out-of-state)**|
|Information Science and Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|Information Science and Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||231**|
|Most Popular Information Science and Technology Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (126 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||82%**|
|Noteworthy||The Information School has multiple student groups to offer, including the American Society for Information Science and Technology***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***UW website
University of Washington
- Major research interests of the Information School include social media, information management and user experience
- In addition to the traditional full-time master's in the field, there is an information management master's program for working professionals
- The school of information lies within a cutting-edge building
The best undergraduate graduation rate among the state of Washington's public institutions is found at University of Washington. UW's main campus in Seattle had more than 10,000 degrees conferred during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Information School offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics, Master of Science in Information Management and PhD in Information Management.
The informatics bachelor's program allows students to choose a concentration in areas such as information architecture or information assurance, or have a self-designed emphasis. The bachelor's core is composed of courses that include data structures, information ethics and retrieval, and it also calls for a culminating project. The MS program's core covers courses on information architecture and analytics, and there are multiple available concentrations that include data science and information management. PhD coursework requirements include studies of quantitative methods in addition to a faculty seminar.