Master of Science in Information Management

Specializations

The MSIM program offers paths of study called Specializations in Business Intelligence, Data Science, User Experience, Information Consulting, Information Architecture, and Information Security. In addition to the core curriculum and general electives, these paths, each consisting of 3 set courses, allow students to focus their electives in an area of professional interest.*  

Students will want to consult their appropriate degree plans as they explore specializations.

The Business Intelligence Specialization

In the current business/organizational environment, the drive to extract value data through analytics to further strategic goals and solve operational problems is more prominent than ever. The Business Intelligence Specialization provides the opportunity for our students to build analytical, managerial and baseline technical skills to help manage the process of transforming data into information. This specialization has a managerial/strategic focus, but also incorporates modern analytics and data warehousing toolsets to provide a foundational exposure to key technologies. Also available in evening/weekend format. For this specialization, students take the following three courses:

The Data Science Specialization

In this specialization, students study the computational and quantitative analysis of large datasets to create information. Students completing this track will be able to use methods, tools, and frameworks for analyzing and deriving insight from large-scale, heterogeneous data. Also available in evening/weekend format. For this specialization, students take the following three courses:

Please be aware that some necessary background for Data Science & Analytics, such as R and Python, will need to be obtained from outside the MSIM program as they are not taught. Likewise, students will want to have obtained a background in Statistics as well.

Students are also encouraged to choose courses from these recommended electives:

The User Experience Specialization

This specialization focuses on the design, creation, and evaluation of interactive information systems. Students will be able to design, prototype, and formally evaluate interactive information interfaces, systems, and experiences from a user-centered perspective. Students interested in this specialization take the following three courses:

After completion of the above courses, MSIM students will also have the opportunity in their second year to explore iSchool doctoral level courses in the field, such as INSC 543 Value Sensitive Design (winter).

Students are also encouraged to take electives from the participating DUB units (design: use: build:), of which the Information School is one.  DUB is the cross-campus alliance of units, faculty, and students working in the field of user experience, human-computer interaction, and design. Appropriate electives will be found especially in the following programs:

Students should be aware that academic departments may limit the number of seats available to students outside their own programs. As such, space may be limited and the iSchool has no means to help students obtain seats in coursework taught in other programs.

The Information Consulting Specialization

This specialization focuses on the knowledge and skills required to support organizations of all sizes and sectors in developing and managing strategic and operational information-related initiatives. Students in this specialization will take the following three courses:

Students are also encouraged to choose courses from these recommended electives:

The Information Architecture Specialization

This specialization focuses on the analysis and design of information structures for organizations and systems. Students who complete this track will be able to assess existing information structures, and create new systems to effectively structure information. Students interested in this area should take the following three courses:

Students are also encouraged to choose courses from these recommended electives:

The Information Security Specialization

This specialization provides a strong foundation in Information Security, focusing on the management and protection of information. Students who complete this track will be able to assure the quality, security, and appropriate use of information assets. Students interested in this field should take the following three courses:

Students are also encouraged to choose courses from these recommended electives: