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 an 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 organizations' information management capabilities, develop and deploy emerging technologies, and manage high-value information resources.
The Master of Information Management (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. MIM program offers two specialization tracks: Information Analysis and Technology Design. These tracks allow students to focus their studies in a particular information management area of their professional interest. The information Analysis track offers Data Analytics or Strategic Management specializations, and the Technology Design track offers specializations in User Experience or Technology Development. There is also an option for the thesis track, titled Information Management Research. If students are interested in developing a general course of study, there is also an option for the Individualized Program Plan. In addition, the MIM program has two joint specializations with the iSchool’s Master of Library Science program (MLS) in Community Analytics and Policy, and in Archives and Digital Curation. For further information about our specializations, click here. While in the MIM program, 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.
The MIM program has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security to be eligible for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training for F-1 students (STEM Program). The full list of DHS STEM-designated degree programs can be found here and information about the 17-month STEM extension of OPT can be found on International Student & Scholar Services' website here.
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.
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;
- 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 highly respected and involved faculty 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 4 required, 2 practicum and 6 elective courses. It can be completed in 24 months if courses are taken full-time, or in three to four years if taken part-time.
The MIM core courses provide you with foundational knowledge and skills related to assessing users' information and system needs, identifying and addressing key information management issues in organizations, specifying and evaluating technology solutions, and managing information projects and personnel.
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 project courses (a 2 semester long Capstone Project) represent the zenith of this practice-oriented focus.
As a MIM student you will select one of the following specializations:
- User Experience - focuses on the design, creation, and evaluation of interactive information systems and implementation of user interfaces. It prepares students for such positions such: UI/UX designer, usability analyst, and website developer.
- Data Analytics - allows students to gain skills needed to manipulate and mobilize data in order to support decision-making process and organizational goals in a variety of sectors. Students completing this specialization will be able to use quantitative analysis, methods, and tools for examining, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to create valuable information. This specialization prepares you for a variety of positions, such as: data scientist, data analyst, or information analyst.
- Strategic Management - focuses on managerial, administrative, and organizational aspects of information analysis. Students gain a strong understanding of the role information and technology play in the management and operation of organizations as well as the knowledge and skills required to support organizations in developing and managing strategic information strategies. This track prepares students for such positions as: project manager, IS consultant, business analyst, and chief information officer (CIO).
- Technology Development – focuses on the development, implementation, and maintenance of systems that support information management. The coursework is designed to provide an understanding of the technical, design, and managerial issues which arise during the creation and implementation of information systems. This track prepares you for positions such as: systems analyst, senior developer, and chief technology officer (CTO).
- Information Management Research - focuses on conducting research advancing the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in information technology and management, where the student will conduct specific research and present the result as a thesis. It prepares students for advanced study in information science doctoral programs and careers in cutting-edge corporate or entrepreneurial environments.
- Individualized Program Plan - allows students to design a custom specialization that best meets their interests and needs. The students will choose an area of focus and choose their courses to create their own area of specialization. This specialization combines a foundation of general knowledge in Information Management and Technology with customizable options for particular circumstances.
- Community Analytics and Policy - focuses on the nature of developing local data infrastructures designed to promote civic engagement at the community level, and the roles that libraries can play in supporting that engagement. Replacing the Government Information Management and Services specialization, this new program of study focuses on the nature of open data and information; the ability of the public to be informed about local issues through open government and data; the ways in which information professionals can serve as key community-based intermediaries between governments, the public, and local issues; the curation and management of digital assets, particularly datasets; the ability to create and foster data-driven communities of practice; and the role of the political process and information policy in shaping the development of community data.
- Archives and Digital Curation - focuses on the role of archivists, data curation managers and specialists, and other information professionals in contemporary society; linkages between analog and digital assets and how to manage diverse holdings and collection; the records life cycle from pre-creation activities through creation, use, preservation, and access; the intersection of legal, ethical, policy, and political sensitivities in managing analog and/or digital assets.
Curation and Management of Digital Assets
Beginning in Fall 2015, the Curation and Management of Digital Assets specialization will be replaced with the newly formed Archives and Digital Curation specialization. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Curation and Management of Digital Assets specialization focuses 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.
How can the MIM program be completed?
Students can take classes during the day, in the evening. Some courses are offered online. Students can also take courses on either the College Park or Universities at Shady Grove campuses. There is the flexibility to alternate between part-time and full-time status, as your circumstances may require.
*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.
MIM virtual information sessions
The iSchool regularly hosts virtual information sessions. The schedule of MIM information sessions can be found here: http://ischool.umd.edu/content/information-sessions
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. It reflects our goal of developing students ability to bridge technical, functional, and managerial communities.
What professional and career 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 Virginia|
|Fannie Mae||US Army|
|Federal Aviation Adminstration||US Census Bureau|
|Federal Energy Reg Comttee||US Department of Defense|
|Fidelity Investments||US Department of Health and Human Services|
|First Citizens Bank||US Department of the Treasury|
|George Mason University||US Government Accountability Office (U.S.GAO)|
|Harris Corp||Verizon Wireless|
|Honda of America||Voice of America|
|Howard University||Washington Post|
|Hughes Network Systems||Washington Times|
|Internal Revenue Service||World Bank|