Course Waivers

Core Course Waiver Process

Capstone Course Waiver Process

 

Core Course 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.

 

Capstone Course Waiver Process

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.

To qualify, you must:

  1. Be in good standing with the MIM program

  2. Have a 3.0 or higher GPA

  3. Be currently employed 40 hours/week

  4. Have 6 or more years of relevant work experience

For the academic year 2017-18, all capstone class waiver applications must be submitted by July 31, 2017.

To apply for a waiver, you must email the following to MIMCapstoneProjects@umd.edu:

  1. Unofficial transcripts, showing your GPA and your status in the MIM program

  2. Current resume highlighting relevant professional experience

  3. A document, 1 page or less, providing details about your employment and how your professional work experience has given you experience with: 

  • Requirements gathering

  • Project planning

  • Project execution

  • Project hand-off

Waiver Results

Waiver Application results will be emailed to you before August 14, 2017. 

All waiver decisions are final and will not be reconsidered.

Comprehensive Exam Information

If you have been approved to waive INFM 736 and INFM 737 you must complete a comprehensive exam in February of your final academic year.

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is for you to show a mastery of Information Management knowledge. You will be asked to problem solve, analyze and evaluate an Information Management case study and synthesize your understanding of IM and your chosen specialization through recommendations about this case. You will be expected to justifying your recommendations, showing connections between concepts and processes, going beyond the foundations you have learned in the MIM to demonstrate your boarder, more comprehensive scope of the IM field.

This is a take-home, open book exam that must be completed over a weekend (9am Friday – 6pm Monday.) You will have an opportunity to choose one of three questions that allows you to focus on your IM specialization. Your response to the case study is limited to 15 double-spaced typed pages, in addition to a bibliography. APA style is required.

The Exam will be conducted in early February 2018. An official date will be provided in the waiver acceptance email.

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Weaver, MIM Program Director.