Specializations

The MIM program offers two specialization tracks: Information Analysis and Technology Design. These specializations allow students to focus their studies in a particular information management area of their professional interest. 

  • Information Analysis Track

    • Data Analytics - foces on the manipulation and mobilization of  data in order to support decision-making process and organizational goals in a variety of sectors. Students completing this specialization will be able to use quantitative analysis, methods, and tools for examining, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to create valuable information. This specialization prepares students for a variety of positions, such as data scientist, data analyst, or information analyst.

    • Strategic Management - focuses on managerial, administrative, and organizational aspects of information analysis. Students gain a strong understanding of the role information and technology play in the management and operation of organizations as well as the knowledge and skills required to support organizations in developing and managing strategic information strategies. This specialization prepares students for such positions as project manager, information systemts consultant, business analyst, and chief information officer (CIO).

    • Information Management Research: focuses on conducting research advancing the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in information management and technology, where the student will conduct specific research and present the result as a thesis. It prepares students for advanced study in information science doctoral programs and careers in cutting-edge corporate or entrepreneurial environments.

  • Technology Design Track 

    • User Experience - focuses on the design, creation, and evaluation of interactive information systems and implementation of user interfaces. This specialization prepares students for such positions as user interface/user experience designer, usability analyst, and website developer.

    • Technology Development  Technology Development: focuses on the development, implementation, and maintenance of systems that support information management. The coursework is designed to provide an understanding of the technical, design, and managerial issues which arise during the creation and implementation of information systems. This specialization prepares students for positions such as systems analyst, senior developer, and chief technology officer (CTO).

The MIM program also has two joint specializations with the iSchool’s Master of Library Information Science program (MLIS):

  • Archives and Digital Curation: focuses on the role of archivists, data curation managers and specialists, and other information professionals in contemporary society; linkages between analog and digital assets and how to manage diverse holdings and collection; the records life cycle from pre-creation activities through creation, use, preservation, and access; the intersection of legal, ethical, policy, and political sensitivities in managing analog and/or digital assets.

If students are interested in developing a general course of study, there is also an option for the Individualized Program Plan.

Individualized Program Plan: students design a custom specialization that best meets their interests and needs. The students will choose an area of focus and choose their courses to create their own area of specialization. This specialization combines a foundation of general knowledge in information management and technology with customizable options for particular circumstances.

Students should consult their appropriate degree plans as they explore specializations.