MIM - Curriculum
The Master of Information Management (MIM) is a unique cross-disciplinary degree program that gives you both a solid foundation in information management and the flexibility to pursue your own interests and needs. The required core courses provide you with grounding in the technical, design, and managerial aspects of information management. You can then build on this foundation by selecting one of the three specializations.
Successful completion of the MIM degree requires you to complete 36 credit hours of academic work with at least a B average. Full-time students typically complete the program in 18 or 24 months, depending on whether they take an internship. Part-time students typically complete the program in two to three years. You may take courses in daytime and evening and may switch between part-time to full-time enrollment. However, all coursework must be finished within five calendar years of the first registration.
MIM Required Courses
All MIM students must complete the core courses, along with the requirements for a MIM specialization.
The following courses comprise the academic core of the MIM program:
- INFM 600 Information Environments
- INFM 603 Information Technology and Organizational Context
- INFM 605 Users and Use Context
- INFM 612 Management of Information Programs and Services
These courses provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to information, technology, user analysis, and management. They are also opportunities for you to determine what aspects (or aspects) of information management you find most interesting and useful.
To ensure that you can make the most of your MIM coursework you should take these core courses during your first 18 credits.
All MIM students are required to take one advanced technology course. This course ensures that you have the skills and knowledge to work with the current technologies which are most relevant to your interests and career goals.
You should plan on enrolling in these project courses during your last two semesters in the program.
In addition to the required courses, you will also select one of the following specializations. They provide you with the opportunity to develop greater depth of knowledge and skill in a particular aspect of information management.
- Strategic Management of Information - The SMI specialization focuses you on the managerial, administrative, and organizational aspects of information management. It prepares you for positions such as project manager, IS consultant, business analyst, and chief information officer (CIO).
- Technology Development and Deployment – The TDD specialization focuses you on the development, implementation, and maintenance of the systems that support information management. It prepares you for positions such as systems analyst, senior developer, and chief technology officer (CTO).
- Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA) - The Curation and Management of Digital Assets specialization focuses you on skills to create, manage, and preserve access to digital assets in a variety of sectors of the economy. It prepares you for positions such as digital asset manager, digital content specialist, or director of digital curation services.
- Information Management Research - The MIM research 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.
- Individualized Program Plan - An individualized program plan gives you the opportunity to combine technical and managerial coursework to create a specialization customized to your interests and needs.
Taking Courses in Other MIM Programs
As a MIM student you are enrolled in one of the MIM programs as your home program (college Park, Shady Grove, or Online). This entitles you to take any Information Management (INFM), Library Science (LBSC), or Information Studies (INST) course which meets the requirements and schedule of your home program.
You also have the opportunity to take INFM, LBSC, or INST courses offered in the other MIM programs (ie. College Park, Shady Grove, or Online) subject to University fees, program specific enrollment constraints and capacity limitations.
Taking Courses from other Schools and Universities
One of the strengths of the MIM program is that it gives you the opportunity to take courses from other schools on the University of Maryland campus, including but not limited to, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Department of Computer Science, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, and School of Public Policy. Up to 12 credits of the 36 credits may be taken from other University of Maryland departments or at other University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. You may also take courses through the 14-member Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area if there is no equivalent course offered at the University of Maryland. If you choose to take a course through the Consortium, you will pay UMCP rates and the grade will be posted to your UMCP transcript.
In addition, up to six credits of coursework may be transferred from other accredited graduate programs and from Advanced Special Student status at UMCP.
See the iSchool’s Petitions and Waivers page for further instructions for transferring credits or taking courses in another departments, at other University System of Maryland institutions, or at other Washington Metropolitan Area consortium institutions.
For more information about the MIM curriculum, assistance scheduling courses, or help selecting a specialization contact student advising.