Master of Information Management (MIM)
The Master of Information Management (MIM) degree prepares you to be a leader in the use of information and technology in your organization. Drawing from management, computer science, information systems, and information science, the MIM program provides you with the skills and knowledge to successfully meet users’ information needs, lead efforts to develop organization information management capabilities, develop and deploy emerging technologies, and manage high-value information resources.
The MIM program gives you the opportunity to work with the University of Maryland iSchool’s world-class faculty, learning from their expertise and cutting edge research. There are many specializations available to you that will help you focus on your research and professional interests. These specializations include: Strategic Management, Technology Development and Deployment, Curation and Management of Digital Assets, User Interface/User Experience, Data Analytics, Project Management, Strategic Management of Information, or Information Management Research (or create an Individualized Program Plan specifically designed to meet your needs). You will work with faculty and colleagues from a variety of disciplines, industries, and cultures. The intellectual depth and diversity of the MIM program provides a rich platform for advancing your career in information management.
What is the focus of the MIM program?
The MIM program integrates elements of management, computing, and information science to address critical social, economic, legal, and policy challenges associated with supporting information use by individuals and organizations. The MIM program has been offered at the College Park campus since Fall 2003 and at the Universities at Shady Grove campus since Fall 2011, graduating over 300 professionals.
The specific goals of the MIM program are to:
- Prepare professionals for leadership positions that bridge the gap between technology-oriented staff, functional personnel, and management.
- Address the growing need for skilled information professionals who can strategically manage information and technology assets to fulfill critical information needs in organizations.
- Provide leadership in the information management field through the study of ethical, political, social, and technical issues related to information management in modern society.
- Assist organizations in the formation of information policies, development and application of information systems and services, and the use of information management technologies and methods.
What makes the MIM program unique?
The MIM program offers:
- A cross-disciplinary approach that combines theory and problem-based learning
- A flexible curriculum with convenient class scheduling
- An innovative curriculum that allows students to gain both technical and managerial knowledge that can be applied immediately on the job
- A diverse group of students who bring varied experiences and perspectives to the classroom and strong connections you can tap throughout your career
- A proven track record of research and educational excellence in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland
- A highly respected and involved faculty, and the superior resources available at top-ranked University of Maryland
What is the structure of the MIM program?
The MIM curriculum involves 36 credits (12 courses) of graduate coursework in information management and related subjects, including a balanced mix of required and elective courses. It can be completed in 18 months if courses are taken full time, or in two to three years if taken part-time.
The MIM core courses provide you with foundational knowledge and skills related assessing users information and system needs, identifying and addressing key information management issues in organizations, specifying and evaluating technology solutions, and managing information management projects and personnel.
As a MIM student you will also select one of the following specializations:
- 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.
- Program Management and Leadership- 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.
The learning in the MIM program is not confined to the classroom. Most MIM courses involve substantial applied components in the form of individual and group projects, in-class exercises, and mini workshops. The two project courses (a Capstone Project and internship) represent the zenith of this practice-oriented focus.
How Can the MIM Program be Completed?
One of the most unique aspects of the program is the flexibility offered by the MIM Program at Maryland’s iSchool, and there are several pathways you can choose from.
If you chose to pursue your MIM in person, you can take classes during the day, in the evening, or even some online. You can also take courses on either the College Park or Universities at Shady Grove campus. You have the flexibility to alternate between part-time and full-time status, as you circumstances may require.
You can choose to pursue one of our on-campus specializations as part of your program of study. These specializations are listed above.
*Course locations and times vary in order to accommodate the needs of our students; however, some courses are only offered at specific locations and times. Therefore, students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors and to consult our Two-Year Course Plan, to ensure they can complete their desired program of study in their desired location and format.
100% Online MIM
If you wish to earn a professional degree without having to attend in-person classes, the MIM Program Data Analytics specialization is offered in a fully online format. This format is ideal for those who are pursuing a degree while working full time, who live at a distance from the University of Maryland campus, or simply prefer the online learning environment.
In the online MIM Program, you are part of a cohort that moves through the entire program together, taking two courses each semester and in the summer* for two consecutive calendar years. The cohort model ensures that students begin building a professional network as they move through the program.
As an online student, you have a prescribed schedule of courses, so you are always guaranteed a seat. Online courses are conducted asynchronously, but some may include some synchronously lectures or events. If a course has such an event, you are notified at the beginning of the semester so that you may plan accordingly.
Who are MIM students?
MIM students come from many backgrounds. Some have technical backgrounds such as information systems, computer science, computer and electrical engineering. Others have non-technical backgrounds such as management, social sciences, and humanities. This combination of backgrounds is a strength of the MIM program and reflects the goal of developing your ability to bridge technical, functional, and managerial communities.
What opportunities are there with the degree?
MIM graduates are often hired by organizations located in and around the Washington, DC metropolitan area – many in the I-270 corridor. MIM alumni work in a variety of positions for organizations such as:
|Accenture||International Food Policy Research Institute|
|Adobe Systems||John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab|
|Advance Digital Systems||KPMG|
|Advanced Liquid Logic||Library of Congress|
|American Chemical Society||Mars, Inc|
|Bank of Scotland||MITRE|
|Bloomberg||Morgan Stanley Capital|
|BlueCrossBlueShield||National Institutes of Health|
|Booz Allen Hamilton||National Institutes of Medicine (NLM)|
|Capgemini||National Library of Medicine|
|Capitol One||Northrop Grumman|
|Chronicle of Higher Education||OPNET Technologies|
|Cognizant Technology Solutions||Optimal Solutions|
|Deloitte Consulting||Smithsonian Institution|
|DrFirst||The Brick Factory|
|EMC||The SI Org|
|EMI||University of Maryland|
|Fannie Mae||University of Virginia|
|Federal Aviation Adminstration||US Army|
|Federal Energy Reg Comttee||US Census Bureau|
|Fidelity Investments||US Department of Defense|
|First Citizens Bank||US Department of Health and Human Services|
|George Mason University||US Department of the Treasury|
|Harris Corp||US Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO)|
|Honda of America||Verizon Wireless|
|Howard University||Voice of America|
|Hughes Network Systems||Washington Post|
|Internal Revenue Service||WETA|