All MSIM students take a set of foundational core courses that cover key areas: leadership, information management, professionalism, information technology, ethics and policy, and problem-solving. These foundational courses set the framework of what makes the MSIM graduate stand out in the job market from other candidates with similar skills.
In addition, you can shape your studies with electives that fit your personal or professional goals. You can choose to specialize in a preapproved subject area, or you can select an array of courses that interest you. These courses build management, analytical and foundational technical skills as well as develop depth in focused areas of specialization.
While all MSIM students study the same foundational material, your degree requirements vary depending on whether you choose the early-career (formerly "Full-Time") or mid-career program option.
Curriculum for the MSIM program is commonly delivered in a classroom setting. However, some classes are offered in an online setting and it is likely that you will take one or more courses taught online. Learning in various modes, engaging in group work both face-to-face and online, and utilizing various technologies will enhance your ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with others.
Curriculum for Students Entering in Autumn 2019
- Early-Career: 1-year program, 40 credits; 2-year program, 65 credits.
- Mid-Career: 36 credits
Foundational Core Courses
- IMT 580: Management of Information Organizations (All students: autumn, 1st year)
- IMT 550: Policy and Ethics in Information Management (Early-Career: winter, 1st year; Mid-Career: spring, 1st year)
- IMT 570: Analytic Methods for Information Professionals (Early-Career: spring, 1st year; Mid-Career: winter, 1st year)
- IMT 500: Foundations: Information, Communication, Teamwork (Early-Career: autumn, 1st year. Not required for Mid-Career students.)
No "waivers" will be approved for foundational core courses.
In the Early-Career MSIM programs, students pursuing the accelerated 1-year degree can complete one 3-course specialization, while students staying for two years can complete two specializations. In the Mid-Career program, one 3-course specialization is part of the typical one-year degree plan, and students have the option of completing a second specialization if they take two years to complete the degree. All specializations follow a fall-winter-spring schedule. Students begin taking specialization courses autumn quarter of their first year. Learn more about the six specializations offered in the MSIM program.
All Early-Career MSIM students are required to complete at least one practicum in the form of a Capstone project, internship, faculty-sponsored research project, or other approved experiential learning project. Internships generally are conducted during summer quarters. Students in the 2-year Early-Career program are required to complete a Capstone project and can pursue an additional practicum at their discretion. The practicum is optional for Mid-Career students.
Students in the 1-year accelerated Early-Career program will be expected to complete their practicum requirement during summer quarter. Students earning their degrees in two years may take optional electives or internships during summer if they wish.
Curriculum for Students Entering 2018 or Earlier
Below is our core curriculum, reflecting entry beginning in Autumn 2016, 2017 or 2018. Students who entered prior to Autumn 2016 fall under requirements which existed at the time of their matriculation.
- Early-Career: 65 credits.
- Mid-Career: 47 credits
Foundational Core Courses
- IMT 500* Foundations: Information, Communication, Teamwork (autumn, 1st year)
- IMT 550* Policy and Ethics in Information Management (winter, 1st year)
- IMT 570* Analytic Methods for Information Professionals (Early-Career: autumn, 1st year; Mid-Career: spring, 1st year)
- IMT 580* Management of Information Organizations (autumn, 1st year)
Students can complete one or two 3-course specializations. While all specializations are available to all students, the Data Science and Business Intelligence specializations are offered on schedules designed to be optimal for Mid-Career students. All specializations follow a fall-winter-spring schedule. Learn more about the six specializations offered in the MSIM program.
- IMT 590 Fieldwork in Information Management (Internship) (summer after 1st year and later)
- IMT 596* Capstone I : Project Planning (winter, 2nd year)
- IMT 597* Capstone II : Project Implementation (spring, 2nd year)
(Note that Capstone is optional for Mid-Career students.)
* No "waivers" will be approved for Foundational Core courses (all MSIM), or for Capstone (Early-Career program).