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.
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). This includes four (4) core courses, two (2) capstone project courses, and six (6) elective courses.
Full-time students complete the program in 24 months. Part-time students typically complete the program in three to four years. You may take courses in daytime and evening and may switch between part-time and full-time enrollment. However, all coursework must be finished within five calendar years of the first registration.
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 core courses provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to information, technology, user analysis, and management. They are also opportunities for you to determine which aspects of information management you find most interesting and useful. To ensure that you can make the most of your MIM coursework, you must take these core courses during your first 18 credits.
Students who previously completed coursework and/or have work experience that provide a comparable, systematic coverage of the skills, knowledge, and issues discussed in INFM 603, 605, or 612 core courses, may be able to waive the course. More information about the waiver criteria and waiver process can be found here.
INFM 600 Information Environments
- An exploration of various models and methodologies used to capture and deploy internal and external information and knowledge in a number of settings; organizational analysis in terms of information creation, flow, sharing, conservation, and application to problem solving; internal and external influences on the management of information and knowledge; various information flows; information management in a variety of settings.
INFM 603 Information Technology and Organizational Context
- Application of communication and information technologies to support work processes, including technology-enhanced communication networks, computer-supported collaborative work, decision-support systems, interactive systems, and systems analysis. Acquisition of information systems and their integration into the organization.
INFM 605 Users and Use Context
- Use of information by individuals. Nature of information. Information behavior and mental models. Characteristics of problems, task analysis, problem solving, and decision making. Methods for determining information behavior and user needs. Information access. Information technology as a tool in information use.
INFM 612 Management of Information Programs and Services
- Key aspects of management - focusing on planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The evolution of management, innovative management for the changing world, management styles and leadership, managerial planning, goal setting and decision making. Ethical issues, designing adaptive organizations responding to change, global environment, diversity, and utilizing the appropriate technology to provide effective management of information programs and services.
Electives & Specializations
MIM students are required to complete six (6) elective courses. The program offers two specialization tracks:
- Information Analysis - with a focus on either Data Analytics or Strategic Management.
- Technology Design - with a focus on either User Experience or Technology Development.
If students are interested in developing a general course of study, there is an option for the Individualized Program Plan. There is also an option for the thesis track, titled Information Management Research.
In addition, the MIM program has a joint specialization with the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science program (MLIS) in Archives and Digital Curation.
Specializations provide you with the opportunity to develop greater depth of knowledge and skills in a particular aspect of information management. More information about the MIM specializations can be found here.
Capstone Project Courses
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 required Capstone Experience represent the zenith of this practice-oriented focus. It consists of 2-full semester courses (INFM 736 and INFM 737), totaling 6 credits, allowing students to work on an information management related project.
The 2 Capstone courses involve the following components:
- INFM 736 Information Management Experience (3 credits)
- Must be taken prior to INFM 737
- Offered only in the fall semesters
- Curriculum covers:
- Project Requirements Gathering
- Project Planning
- INFM 737 Information Management Capstone Experience (3 credits)
- Offered only in the spring semesters
- Curriculum covers:
- Project Execution
- Project Conclusion
More information about the capstone project courses can be found here
Students who are currently working full-time (40 hours/week) AND have 6 or more years of relevant professional work experience may consider waiving the capstone courses (INFM 736 and INFM 737.) Students who successfully waive the capstone courses must take a comprehensive exam in February of their final academic year. Waiving these courses will allow students to take 2 additional elective courses, but will not reduce the total number of credit hours a student must take to obtain a MIM degree. More information about capstone waiver process can be found here.
Taking Courses in Other iSchool Programs
As a MIM student, you are enrolled in one of the MIM campus programs as your home program, either at College Park or Shady Grove. You may take any Information Management (INFM), Library Science (LBSC), or Information Studies (INST) course that meet the requirements and schedule of your program.
You also have the opportunity to take INFM, LBSC, or INST courses offered at both College Park or Shady Grove. Please note that campuses are 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. Up to12 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 9 credits of coursework may be transferred from other accredited graduate programs and from Advanced Special Student status at UMCP.
See the iSchool’s Declarations, Forms & Waivers page for further instructions for transferring credits or taking courses in other departments, at other University System of Maryland institutions, or at other Washington Metropolitan Area consortium institutions.