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.To ensure that you can make the most of your MIM coursework, you must take these core courses during your first 18 credits. You can then build on this foundation by selecting one of the nine specializations.
Successful completion of the MIM degree requires you to complete 36 credit hours of academic work with at least a B average (3.0 GPA). 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 of information management you find most interesting and useful.
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.
Information on the waiver process can be found here.
**Please note that as of Fall 2013, students must receive a B or better in each of their required specialization courses. Students who receive a B- or lower will be required to retake the course.
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.
- 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.
- User Interface/User Experience- The UI/UX specialization focuses you on the design and implementation of user interfaces. It prepares you for positions such as: UI/UX designer, usability analyst, and website developer.
- Organizational and Process Analysis- The OPA specialization focuses on developing your ability to diagnose and solve information management problems associated with critical organizational activities. It prepares you for positions such as: business analyst, systems analyst, and process consultant.
- Data Analytics- The DA specialization focuses you on the skills needed to manipulate and mobilize data in order to support decision-making and organizational goals in a variety of sectors. This specialization prepares you for a variety of positions, such as: data scientist, data analyst, or information analyst.
- Project Management - The PML specialization focuses you on skills to plan, lead, and execute projects in a variety of organizational settings. It prepares you for positions such as: project manager, program manager, and consulting lead.
- Strategic Management of Information- The SMI specialization focuses you on the managerial, administrative, and organizational aspects of information management.
- Technology Development and Deployment – The TDD specialization focuses you on the development, implementation, and maintenance of systems in support of information management.
- 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 program of study 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, either at College Park, Shady Grove, or Online. You may take any Information Management (INFM), Library Science (LBSC), or Information Studies (INST) course that meet 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 are no equivalent courses 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.