Core Course Waiver

Waiver Process

  • Review the Waiver Criteria below to determine if the necessary waiver requirements are met

  • Complete the waiver application form and submit appropriate documentation of coursework or professional experience. Include a statement indicating which areas of the previous coursework or professional experience are equivalent to the subjects that are covered in the course you are requesting to waive

  • An email will be sent to your UMD email with the review decision

  • Note: Documents may take up to a full week to be reviewed

Waiver Criteria

Petitions for waiving each individual course will most likely be approved if ALL of the following conditions under each course are met:

INFM 603: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Successfully completed at least 2 semester courses of three credits each (totalling 6 credits) in computer programming, using a procedural programming language (e.g., Java or PHP), or equivalent work experience.

  2. Experience with the use of a relational database management system.  This experience may have been acquired through coursework (including coverage during only part of a semester) or work experience.

  3. Academic experience must be documented by a transcript.  Work experience must be indicated by a resume, in addition to a statement indicating the nature of the work with computer programs using procedural programming languages, or the design and implementation of relational databases.

  4. The MIM director will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses or work experience is sufficient to provide a background that is at least equivalent to that of current students completing INFM 603.

Note:

  • Petitions for INFM 603 waiver may be approved if criteria #1, #3, and #4 are satisfied. If INFM 603 is waived, the student must complete INST 733: Database Design in place of INFM 603.

  • Students who satisfy all of the specified waiver criteria are required to take an additional advanced technology course in place of INFM 603.

INFM 605: USERS AND USER CONTEXT

  1. Successfully completed at least 2 semester courses of three credits each (a total of 6 credits) or have acquired equivalent work experience in the following user experience subjects: User needs assessment and methods for determining information behavior and user needs; principles of Information behavior and mental models; characteristics of problems, task analysis, problem solving, and decision making.

  2. Experience implementing user interfaces or online information structures. This experience may have been acquired through coursework (including coverage during only part of a semester) or work experience.

  3. Academic experience must be documented by a transcript. Work experience must be indicated by a resume, in addition to a statement indicating the nature of the work in the assessment of user needs or the design of user interface and online information structures.

  4. The MIM director will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses or work experience is sufficient to provide a background that is at least equivalent to that of current students completing INFM 605.

Note:

  • Students who satisfy all of the specified waiver criteria are required to take an additional advanced technology design course (e.g. INST 631, INST 632, INST 702, INST 741) in place of INFM 605.

INFM 612: MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

  1. Successfully completed at least 2 semester courses of three credits each (a total of 6 credits) from an accredited management degree program on topics such as managerial accounting, human resources management, project management, organization behavior, information systems management, or operations management

  2. At least 3 years as a lead project manager of an information systems or information management project or operations in which you were responsible for staffing, budgeting, planning, evaluation, and reporting outcomes.

  3. Academic experience must be documented by a transcript. Work experience must be indicated by a resume, in addition to a statement indicating the nature of the management responsibilities of an information systems or information management project,

  4. The MIM director will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses or work experience is sufficient to provide a background that is at least equivalent to that of current students completing INFM 612.

Note:

  • Students who satisfy all of the specified waiver criteria are required to take an additional advanced management course (e.g. INFM 620, INST 706, INST 603) in place of INFM 612.