Dual Master Degree of Information Management and Community Planning (CPIM)

Master the use of data to build smart cities.

The Master of Information Management and Community Planning (CPIM) dual-degree program is designed to train future professionals with the expertise to create “smart cities” that make use of data and information technology to improve the lives of community residents. Jointly run by the UMD College of Information Studies (INFO) and the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the program allows students to graduate with both a Master of Information Management (MIM) and a Master of Community Planning (MCP).

Smart city planning has become increasingly data-intensive and reliant on information technology. The CPIM degree prepares graduates who are urban planners well-versed in information infrastructure, social infrastructure, physical infrastructure, and co-design with residents—shaping the future of smart city planning.

Located just outside the nation’s capital, students have access to all of the social, cultural, internship, and job opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer.

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Curriculum & Online Options

Curriculum:

The dual master’s degree program enables graduate students interested in community planning and information management to complete these complementary degrees in 60 credits (18 credits less than earning the degrees separately) over as few as 3 academic years:

  • 14 Core Courses (42 Credits) that teach our students Management of Information Services, Data Science, IoT Analytics, Land Use Planning, Community Planning, Microeconomics, Poloicy, and more
  • 4 Elective Courses (12 Credits) where students can choose to focus on topics such as Land Use, Transportation, Technology, or Real Estate Development
  • 1 Capstone Community Planning Studio Courses (6 Credits) that allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life, current community planning and policy situations

Learn more about the CPIM curriculum and course planning.

Create a schedule that works for you:

We offer both in-person and online classes, daytime and evening, allowing you the flexibility to create a hybrid schedule that works for you. We do not offer this program fully online.

As a student in the program, you can choose to participate full-time and earn your degree in as little as three years – or take your time and set your own pace.

Reputation
Hands-On Learning

At the INFO College, we believe one of the best ways to learn—is to do. The innovative CPIM curriculum blends theory, practical skills, and hands-on learning with industry professionals, preparing our graduates to apply their skills directly and immediately in their careers. Immersive capstone experiences allow graduates to walk away with a portfolio demonstrating real-life application of the skills they learned in the program.

Our students also have opportunities for hands-on learning at the INFO College’s world-renowned research centers and labs.

Culture, Diversity & Inclusion
With a history of activism, the UMD INFO College continues today to champion accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and democratization of information. Our faculty, staff, and 2600+ students come to us from over 63 countries and create a welcoming and encouraging environment. 45% of our students identify as female and 63% of our students identify as Asian (28%), Black (23%), Hispanic/Latino (8%), American Indian or Alaskan Native (<1%), Pacific Islander (<1%), or Biracial (4%). Diversity and inclusion are central to the mission of the college, with many of our courses, research projects, events, and community partnerships designed to address challenges and promote inclusion of historically excluded communities.

Tuition / Costs

Tuition

  • In-State (Maryland resident) tuition and fees will amount to approximately $57,000 to complete 60 credit hours.
  • Out-of-State tuition and fees will amount to approximately $115,500 to complete 60 credit hours.

View our detailed breakdown of tuition & fees.

Financial Aid

The UMD INFO College provides financial aid to select current students who demonstrate academic excellence. Students may also reduce their tuition costs by serving as a TA or GA at UMD, but please note that these positions are competitive. There are also additional sources of financial aid offered by the University and by outside sources. Learn more about financial aid.

Admissions / Pre-Reqs

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply to the Information Management and Community Planning (CPIM) dual-degree program is in early February each year for admission to the following Fall (August) semester. A new cohort starts each Fall. We do not have Spring semester admissions for the CPIM program.

Application Requirements:

  • Must have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree
  • 3.0 GPA on prior undergraduate or graduate work
  • GRE or GMAT scores are optional, they are not required
  • A TOEFL,  IELTS, or PTE score is required for international applicants (more information below)
  • Complete the UMD Graduate School application
  • Complete the supplemental CPIM application of five questions (max 150 word responses each)
  • $75 application fee

You will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution or from one of the English speaking countries. Please check on the list of English speaking countries and options for providing evidence of English proficiency here.

  • Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.
  • See the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements for instructions on submitting scores. The University of Maryland’s TOEFL Institution Code is 5814.
  • You can find English language proficiency requirements here. Please note that your English proficiency scores (including listening, writing, reading, and speaking sub-scores) must satisfy the criteria for full enrollment to be accepted to the HCIM program. HCIM is a very rigorous program that requires an excellent command of the English language. Therefore, Bridge and Intensive English programs are not an option for applicants to the HCIM program. Please see the minimum English Proficiency Scores Requirements for full HCIM admission:
    • iBT TOEFL: Total 96 (Speaking 22, Listening 24, Reading 26, Writing 24)
    • IELTS: Overall 7 (Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7, Speaking 6.5)
    • PTE: Total: 68 (Writing 68)

For international students: The Information Management and Community Planning (CPIM) Program is a STEM-OPT certified program. This meets F1 Visa STEM requirements.

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