Curriculum

The Master of Information  Management (MIM) is a unique cross-disciplinary degree program that provide both a solid foundation in Information Management and the flexibility to pursue your own interests and needs. Courses are offered during the day and in the evening.

Successful completion of the MIM degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours of academic work with a minmum of a B average (3.0 GPA). This includes:

  • 4 core courses

  • 2 capstone project courses

  • 6 elective courses

Full-time students may complete the program in 24 months; and part-time students may complete the program in three or four years. All coursework must be finished within five calendar years of the first registration. Students can switch between full and part-time enrollment if needed.

Core Courses

MIM core courses provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to information, technology, user experience, and management. The courses provide an opportunity to determine which aspects of information management are most interesting and useful to each individual student. The core courses must be completed during the first 18 credits a student is enrolled in the MIM program, ensuring the best educational path for  MIM students.

INFM 600 Information Environments

Role and function of information in organizations; organizational environment and its influence on internal and external communication, organizational structure and management, organizational culture, information flow, organizational identity. Shared mental models and group decision making. Differences among types of organizations. Information policy.

​Skills covered in INFM 600 include Information Environments, Information Management Paradigms, Seeking , Producing, Consuming, & Interpreting Information, Organizing and Analyzing Information, Information in Communities, Information Ethics and Policy, Information Privacy and  Security

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.

Skills covered in INFM 603 include Structured Programming (JavaScript, DOM, Events, Functions, Objects), Web Infrastructure (HTML, CSS), Data Structures, Relational Databases, PHP & Asynchronous Programming (AJAX), Requirement Analysis, Software Engineering

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.

Skills covered in INFM 605 include Psychology Basics, User-Centered Design Process, User Research Techniques (Surveys, Interviews, Personas, Focus Groups, Task Analysis, Card Sorting, Field Observation), Data Collection, Usability Testing

INFM 612 Management of Information Programs and Services

Administration of information programs, services, and projects, including the role of leadership in management; developing mission, vision, and goals; providing effective management for results; managing professionals; financial management; and professional conduct and ethical issues.

​Skills covered in INFM 612 include Evolution of management theories and applications over time, Goal setting responsive to the needs of the enterprise, Planning, organizing and controlling information programs and services, Management styles and leadership skills needed, Management models and tools, Professional conduct and ethical issues in information and financial management

**Please note that as of Fall 2013, students must receive a B or better in each of their required specialization courses. Students who receive a B- or lower will be required to retake the course.

As a MIM Student, you may be able to waive selected core courses and take a more advanced course in its place.  If you have successfully completed coursework and/or have work experience that provides a comparable, systematic coverage of the skills, knowledge, and issue covered in either INFM 603, INFM 605, or INFM 612 you may request a waiver. More information about the waiver criteria and waiver process can be found here.

Capstone Project Courses

MIM students are required to complete the MIM Capstone Experience. The experience allows students to work on an information management related project over 2 semesters providing them an opportunity to work in a professional environment, learning and communicating as an information management expert.

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.

Elective Courses

MIM Students are required to complete 6 elective courses. The MIM program offers specializations, providing an opportunity to develop greater depth of knowledge and skills in a particular aspect of information management.

  • Archives and Digital Curation

  • Community Analytics and Policy

  • Data Analytics

  • Individualized Program Plan

  • Information Management Research (MIM Thesis)

  • Strategic Management

  • Technology Development

  • User Experience

More information about the MIM specializations can be found here.

Taking Courses in other iSchool Programs

MIM students are enrolled in either the MIM program at one of two campuses, College Park or Shady Grove, MD as their home campus. Students may take any course from the College of Information Studies that meets the program requirements at either campus, regardless of which campus is designated as their home campus. Keep in mind that campuses are subject to University of Maryland fees, program specific enrollment constraints, and capacity limitations.

Taking Courses from other Schools and Universities

The MIM program offers opportunity to take courses from other schools on the University of Maryland campus. 12 of the 36 required credits may be taken from other University of Maryland departments or at other University System of Maryland institutions.

Students may also take courses through the 14-member Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area if no equivalent courses are offered at the University of Maryland. Courses taken through the Consortium are charged at the University of Maryland rates, and grades are posted to the student’s University of Maryland transcript.

Alternatively, students may be able to transfer up to 12 credits of coursework from other accredited graduate programs, or and from an Advanced Special Student status at the University of Maryland.

Refer to the iSchool’s Petitions and Waivers page for further instructions for transferring credits, taking courses in other departments or other University System of Maryland institutions, or at other Washington Metropolitan Area consortium institutions.