About This Masters Degree
Become an expert in information solutions. Then change the world.
Designed to meet the demand for a larger and better prepared information management workforce, the MS/IM prepares students for information-intensive professional roles in a broad range of sectors. Increasingly, organizations of all kinds rely on the strategic use of information to create solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. MS/IM graduates are poised to lead the way in wielding the world’s growing information resources for the greater good.
Information management is a broad area and is evolving rapidly, with many new opportunities arising. Organizations of all kinds increasingly rely on the strategic use of information to create solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is to give you a competitive edge in securing a rewarding position, make you an expert in helping organizations better manage and utilize information, and educate you to be a future leader. We want to future-proof your skills so that you can work at the forefront of the latest technologies and innovations. Our flexible curriculum prepares our graduates to stand out as innovative, adaptable “quick studies” who can assess human information needs and integrate effective solutions in the workplace.
The Master of Science in Information Management (MS/IM) prepares leaders in the field who develop services and systems to meet human information needs in a range of employment sectors. The degree is designed to meet the demand for well-prepared information professionals who are skilled in using, managing, analyzing, and distributing information. Our MS/IM graduates will be poised to lead the way in wielding the world’s growing information resources for the greater good.
You will learn important technical skills depending on the professional pathway you choose (see the coursework section below). You also will learn many other value-added skills to ensure your professional success. These include how to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team and contribute unique problem-solving skills; stay on top of rapidly changing technologies and practices; cope with messy data; do great work on tight deadlines; and increase organizational productivity and efficiency.
Our curriculum emphasizes a deep understanding of the interplay of people, information, and technology and reflects a professional commitment to advancing the well-being of society through the use of information. Our world-class faculty are leaders in the field who provide the knowledge and skills required for successful careers in the design and management of information systems.
The MS/IM degree consists of 40 hours of coursework including three required courses. Additional, elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.
LIS 561: Information Modeling - http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/courses/catalog#LIS561
LIS 542: Data, Statistical Models and Information - http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/courses/catalog#LIS542
LIS 543: Sociotechnical Information Systems - http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/courses/catalog#LIS543
The degree requires programming ability. If you do not already have sufficient programming expertise you will be required to take a programming course.
The MS/IM is a STEM-designated program, which allows international students to remain in the country and gain work experience through Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an extended period of time. Graduates of STEM-designated programs are allowed to file for an extension of at least double the standard 12-month duration of OPT, provided certain employment conditions have been met.
Interest Form - https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/316885
Our degree can be customized according to your career interests. With three required courses—and a programming course, if needed to gain sufficient expertise—the curriculum is very flexible. After selecting a pathway, you can work in coordination with your advisor to choose a combination of elective courses.
The electives offered in the program will either provide you with core learning concepts or the application of skills or techniques to be used in the pathway. For example, in the pathway for privacy, trust, security, and ethics, you can take courses in information ethics and privacy in the internet age, but you also might take a course in geographic information systems (GIS) to explore problems of equity, or data visualization to learn about privacy issues. And our data analytics courses will teach you about information privacy and how to develop policies to ensure the ethical use of data in organizations.
Specialized career pathways
The MS/IM program offers four pathways of professional focus that prepare students for high-level, specialized careers in a number of employment sectors. The expertise of our graduates can be applied to a number of employment settings in both the public and private sectors.
Privacy, trust, security, and ethics -
Organizations rely on the access and use of private and sensitive electronic and networked information. Information professionals develop mechanisms and infrastructures that take into account best practices for consumer privacy and ethical industry standards in order to build and maintain secure systems that lead to effective information management.
Data science and analytics -
Data is ubiquitous. Global industry depends on professionals who can manage, clean, and interpret data to make decisions, assess services, and ultimately operate an improved organization. MS/IM students are prepared to be instrumental contributors to organizational success through strong theoretical and technical understanding of data in society and within organizations.
Information architecture and design -
Every organization has a website, app, or other electronic representation of their mission, impact, services, and access points. Information architects build interfaces and organize content that relay and transmit this information effectively. MS/IM students are prepared to address challenges of information interaction with expertise in theories of information organization and design paired with the technical ability to implement complex interactive solutions.
Knowledge management and information consulting -
The modern globalized workplace relies on fast, accurate information. Knowledge managers collect, organize, and interpret data on which major strategic decisions are based. Businesses and other organizations also rely on systems to store valuable information that are used by employees to make integral contributions. In order to provide this information support and system management, MS students learn to analyze and represent information and how to customize and efficiently utilize systems that manage critical organizational information.
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Further details, including tuition and suggested courses, are available in our program brochure - http://webdocs.lis.illinois.edu/comm/recruitment_pdfs/MSIM_web.pdf
And a really helpful FAQ page - http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/degrees/msim/msim_faq
Graduation from an accredited institution with bachelor's degree requirements substantially equivalent to those of the University of Illinois.GRE scores are only required for applicants with a GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate coursework. Applicants holding a JD or PhD are not required to submit GRE scores.Letters of reference from three individuals who are able to comment on applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and professional pursuits. We strongly recommend that one or more of these letters come from an academic professor.International Applicants - http://www.lis.illinois.edu/future-students/requirements/msim