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Information Management Research

The Information Management Research (IMR) specialization focuses you on conducting research which advances the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in information technology and management. It prepares you for advanced study in information science doctoral programs and careers in cutting-edge corporate or entrepreneurial environments.

In addition to completing the required core and advanced technology courses, the following courses are required to complete the Information Management Research specialization:

IMR Requirements (18 credits)

  • Completion of INST 701 Introduction to Research Methods.
  • Completion of a basic statistics course from the list below.
  • Completion of an additional quantitative or qualitative research methods course chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and appropriate to the planned thesis. A recommended list is provided below.
  • Two courses that cover the thesis domain and/or perspective.
  • Completion of 6 credits of INST 799 (Thesis Research) as a two-semester thesis in lieu of INFM 736/737.

Statistics and Research Methods Courses

The research specialization requires students to take a basic statistics course and an additional research methods course as a part of the foundation for thesis work. Students should work with their advisors to determine which statistics and research methods courses are most appropriate to their research interests. If a student has already taken appropriate graduate level statistics or research methods courses during his/her undergraduate or graduate work, this requirement can be waived.

It should be noted that most of the graduate level statistics and research methods courses offered on campus have explicit prerequisites in the form of prior course work and/or have an expectation of some level of math achievement based on the discipline. Therefore, all such prerequisites must be met or waived. Students also need to contact the specific programs that offer the statistics and research methods courses in order to enroll in the courses. 

Recommended statistics courses include:

  • INST 714 Information for Decision Making
  • INST 737 Digging Into Data
  • EDMS 645 Quantitative Research Methods I
  • GVPT 622 Quantitative Methods For Political Science
  • PSYC 601 Quantitative Methods I
  • PUAF 610 Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy
  • PUAF 611 Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues
  • SOCY 601 Statistics For Sociological Research I
  • SURV 615 Statistical Methods I

Acceptable additional quantitative methods courses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • INST 633 Analyzing Social Networks and Social Media
  • ANTH 630 Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology
  • COMM 600 Empirical Research in Communication
  • EDMS 626 Measurement Techniques for Research
  • EDMS 646 Quantitative Research Methods II
  • EDMS 651 Applied Multiple Regression Analysis
  • PSYC 602 Quantitative Methods II
  • PSYC 701 Multivariate Analysis I
  • PSYC 702 Multivariate Analysis II
  • SOCY 602 Statistics for Sociological Research II
  • SOCY 604 Survey Research Methods
  • SURV 616 Statistical Methods II

(Note, some of these may require pre-requisites that can count as the basic statistics course.)

Acceptable qualitative methods courses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • ANTH 606 Qualitative Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 614 Ethnohistory and Documentary Analysis
  • ANTH 616 Ethnographic Evaluation of Community-Based Initiatives
  • ANTH 617 Applied Urban Ethnography: Community Assessment Research
  • COMM 601 Historical-Critical Research in Communication
  • EDCI 684 Introduction to Field Methods in School and Community
  • EDCI 692 Conducting Interpretative Inquiry in Classroom Contexts
  • EDCI 791 Qualitative Research I: Design and Fieldwork
  • EDCI 792 Qualitative Research II: Analysis and Interpretation of Data
  • EDHI 700 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • EDHI 788G Critical Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry
  • ENGL 601 Literary Research and Critical Contexts
  • HIST 600 Historiography
  • HLSA 780 Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research
  • SOCY 699J Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • WMST 708 Feminist Research Design using Multi-Methods