Core Course Waiver

Waiver Process

Students who have completed prior relevant coursework and/or have prior relevant professional work experience may consider waiving core courses (INFM 603/INFM 605/INFM 612). Waivers allow students to take more advanced elective courses but do not reduce the total number of courses a student must take to obtain a MIM degree.

All waiver applications must be submitted by the end of student’s first year in the program during time periods noted below: 

  • August 14 - August 21
  • September 25 - October 16
  • February 5- March 19

To apply for a waiver, you must submit an online core course waiver form -- https://ischool.umd.edu/content/mim-course-waiver-application. In addition, you must submit:

  • Unofficial transcripts, with the relevant courses highlighted that are related to the course you are requesting to waive.

  • A syllabus for each of the relevant course(s).

  • Current resume highlighting relevant professional experience.

  • A statement, providing details about why your relevant professional work experience qualifies you to waive the course.

Waiver Results

Waiver Application results will be emailed to you approximately two 3-5 business days after your waiver is submitted.

All waiver decisions are final and will not be reconsidered.

Questions?  Please contact Tetyana Bezbabna (tbezbabn@umd.edu), MIM Program Coordinator.

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

To be eligible for the INFM 603 waiver, a student should have:

  1. Procedural Programming Language educational and professional experience:

    • Successfully completed at least 2 full semester 3-credit courses (6 credits total) in computer programming, using a procedural programming language (e.g. C, Perl, Java, PHP) AND

    • Have at least 6 months of relevant work experience using the programming language.

  2. Relational Database Management System educational and professional experience:

    • Successfully completed at least 1 full semester 3-credits course in relational database management systems AND

    • Have at least 6 months of experience working with a relational database management system.

Academic experience must be demonstrated by an academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable, and needs to be attached to the waiver form). Relevant work experience must be clearly demonstrated in the resume (attached to the waiver form). In addition, the student needs to submit a statement, giving details about experience working with computer programs using procedural programming languages and with designing and implementing relational databases.

In collaboration with the MIM Director and MIM Program Committee, the MIM coordinator will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses and work experience are sufficient to provide a background that is at least equivalent to that of current students completing INFM 603.

Note:

  • 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

To be eligible for the INFM 605 waiver, a student should have:

  1. Successfully completed at least 2 full semester 3-credit courses (6 credits total) and have acquired equivalent work experience with an implementation of a user interface or online information structures. This experience must include assessing user needs, determining the best information behavior methods based on user mental models, evaluating characteristics of problems, and conducting task analysis. Your experience must be demonstrated in both coursework and work experience.

Academic experience must be demonstrated by an academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable, and needs to be attached to the waiver form). Relevant work experience must be clearly demonstrated in the resume (attached to the waiver form). In addition, the student needs to submit a statement, giving details about experience working with computer programs using procedural programming languages and with designing and implementing relational databases.

In collaboration with the MIM Director and MIM Program Committee, the MIM coordinator will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses and work experience are sufficient to provide a background that is at least equivalent to that of current students completing INFM 603.

Note:

  • Students who satisfy all of the specified waiver criteria are required to take an additional advanced technology course in place of INFM 605.

INFM 612: MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICE

To be eligible for the INFM 612 waiver, a student should have:

  1. Successfully completed at least 2 full semester 3-credit courses (6 credits total) from an accredited management degree program. Topics in the courses must include managerial accounting, human resources management, project management, organizational behavior, information systems management OR

  2. At least 3 years of professional experience as a leading a full project in a project manager role where the project is information systems or information management related. Duties should include staffing, budgeting, planning, evaluation, and reporting outcomes.

Academic experience must be demonstrated by an academic transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable, and needs to be attached to the waiver form). Relevant work experience must be clearly demonstrated in the resume (attached to the waiver form). In addition, the student needs to submit a statement, giving details about experience managing a project.

In collaboration with the MIM Director and MIM Program Committee, the MIM coordinator will review the documentation to determine if the academic courses and work experience are 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 in place of INFM 612.