an overview of the UMD Master of Information

Brian Butler (MIM Director)
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Kaitlin Joy Peterson (MIM Coordinator)
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Susan Winter (Asst MIM Director) Vedat Diker (iSchool at Shady Grove)
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Why Information Management?
Information management (IM) draws on technology, information, and
management to increase efficiency and promote innovation in a wide
range of organizations.
IM is central to industry trends such as cloud computing, big data,
business intelligence, and data analytics.
IM knowledge, skills, and credentials are central to jobs such as:
• Chief Information Officer (CIO)
• IT Consultant
• Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO)
• Systems Project Manager
• Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
• Information Architect
• Director of IT or IT Services
• Data Scientist or Data Analyst
• Business Intelligence Analyst
• User Experience or Interface Developer
• Business Analyst / Process Analyst
• Legal Information Specialist
There is growing demand (and increasing salaries)
for all of these positions – in spite of economic challenges.
Why Information Management at
Maryland’s iSchool?
The UMD iSchool
Top 10 iSchool (8th public iSchool)
Top 10 in information systems among iSchools
The MIM Curriculum, Courses, and Activities
• Curriculum and courses provide you with breadth and depth in critical
technologies, standard techniques, and cutting-edge research in
information management
• Groups, meetings, and activities in the DC area provide rich opportunities
for networking and professional development
The UMD MIM Community
• Internationally recognized faculty in information retrieval, social computing,
information systems and information management
• Diverse students with varied interests, backgrounds, and expertise
• Alumni at Fortune 500 companies, US government agencies, startups, and
NGOs in the DC-Baltimore area and worldwide.
Why Information Management at
Maryland’s iSchool for YOU?
As an information management specialist you will work at the junction of
technology, information, and management.
Successful MIM graduates come from a variety of backgrounds, including:
• Computer science
• Management (marketing, accounting, operations, finance, etc.)
• Information systems and technology
• Library and information sciences
• Engineering (electrical, computer, mechanical, etc.)
• Communication, Media, and Journalism
• Education
• Humanities and Social sciences
• Medical and Health professions
No matter what your background – if you are excited about opportunities to use
information and technology to make things better, the MIM program at UMD’s
iSchool is designed for you!
The goal of the MIM program is to develop your ability to
recognize and realize opportunities to use information
and technology to improve organizations.
The MIM curriculum achieves this goal by providing you with:
• Broad knowledge of the technologies, design approaches, and
management techniques for addressing information management
problems (Core Courses, 15 credits)
• Internship and project-based learning experiences in which you
integrate theory and practice to solve real-world information
management problems (Internship and Capstone project, 6
• In depth study of one or more aspects of information management
(Specializations, 15 credits)
MIM Core Courses
OBJECTIVE: The MIM Core Courses provide coverage of
foundational information management theories,
technologies, & techniques
• INFM 600 Information Environments
• INFM 603 Information Technology and Organizational Context
• INFM 605 Users and Use Context
• INFM 612 Management of Information Programs and Services
• One Advanced Technology course
OBJECTIVE: Practice applying and extending
theories, technologies, and techniques to solve
real world information management problems
MIM Internship Experience
• INFM 736 Information Management Experience
• MIM Students work on internships at a range of
for-profit, non-profit and research organizations
MIM Capstone Experience
• INFM 737 Solving Problems in Information
• Recently students have worked on projects for
World Bank, Encyclopedia of Life, and General
• Projects are planned with
PriceWaterhouseCoopers and several
entrepreneurial startups in the DC-Baltimore Area
Objective: Practice conducting research that advances the
state-of-the-art/state-of-the-practice in information
technology and management.
• Identify a faculty advisor
• Take INST 701 Introduction to Research Methods
• Develop a proposal, thesis committee, and complete a
research project (INFM 799 x 2)
• Replaces
• MIM Internship (INFM 736)
• MIM Capstone Experience (INFM 737)
OBJECTIVE: The MIM Specializations develop your depth of knowledge about a
particular aspect of Information Management
User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX)
Focuses on designing and implementing user interfaces.
UI/UX designer, usability analyst, and front-end website developer
Data Analytics (DA)
Focuses on manipulation and mobilization of data for high-impact applications and
Data scientist, data analyst, or information analyst
Organizational and Process Analysis (OPA)
Focused on diagnosing and solving problems with critical organizational activities
Business analyst, systems analyst, and process consultant.
Project Management (PM)
Focuses on planning, leading, and executing projects
Project manager, program manager, and consulting lead
• Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA)
• Focuses on creating, managing, and preserving digital
assets in a variety of sectors of the economy.
• Digital asset manager, digital content specialist, or director
of digital curation services
• Information Management Research (IMR)
• Focuses on conducting research that advances the stateof-the-art/state-of-the-practice in information technology
and management.
• Advanced study in information science doctoral programs
and careers in cutting-edge corporate or entrepreneurial
• Strategic Management of Information (SMI)
• Focuses on the managerial, administrative, and
organizational aspects of information management
• Technology Development and Deployment (TDD)
• Focuses you the development, implementation, and
maintenance of technical systems in support of information
• Individualized Program Plan (IPP)
• Combine technical and managerial coursework to create a
program of study customized to your interests and needs.
In addition the formal MIM curriculum, you can customize
your MIM courses, activities, and experiences to focus on
particular domains, careers, and topic areas.
MIM Program Emphases that students have pursued include,
but are not limited to:
• Search and information retrieval technologies
• Cloud computing
• E-Discovery and Legal Information Management
• Health informatics
• Entrepreneurship
The MIM program is available in a variety of formats, locations, and
You can complete the MIM as a Full Time UMD student in:
• 21 months (3 courses/semester + internship)
• 18 months (3-4 courses/semester + internship)
You can enroll as a Part Time student and complete the MIM in:
• 24 months (2 courses/semester + internship “in place”)
• Extended enrollment (1-2 courses/semester + internship “in place”)
MIM Program “Locations”
MIM courses are offered at two campuses and online. This
provides you with access to the same course content and
high-quality instructors in venues and locations that best
meet your needs.
• College Park
• Shady Grove
• Online
Each of these offerings involves the same courses, the same
requirements, and the same faculty – but in different forms
and venues.
On UMDs College Park campus, the
iSchool is located in the Hornbake
Building, which also houses the
UMD Career Center and the iSchool
research centers.
iSchool classrooms, research labs,
and faculty offices are near the
center of campus, close to parking,
mass transit, and the Stamp Student
College Park campus proximity to Washington DC allows MIM
students enrolled there to benefit from the numerous professional
development groups, events, and activities taking place there on a
regular basis.
The Shady Grove campus is located in the Interstate 270 corridor in
Rockville, Maryland. It is easily accessible from I-270, the
Intercounty Connector, and the Capital Beltway, making it
convenient for students who live and work in Northern Virginia,
Frederick, and throughout the Washington DC, metropolitan area.
The Universities at Shady Grove offer state-of-the-art facilities,
shuttles to and from College Park, and free parking.
Its location in the I-270
corridor gives students
access to internship,
employment, and
professional development
opportunities in one of
Maryland’s fastest-growing
MIM ONLINE – Select Courses
Select MIM courses are offered online for students enrolled
at either College Park or Shady Grove.
Individual Courses offered online include:
• Project Management
• Strategic Management of Information
• Web-Enabled Databases
• Knowledge Management
Offering these courses online allows you to better fit the MIM
program into your preferred schedule.
MIM ONLINE – Full Program
The MIM Online program is a cohort-based, structured
offering of the MIM degree designed to provide you with
access to the MIM experience wherever you live.
If you enroll in the MIM Online you will:
• Join a group of colleagues from around the world
• Take two classes each semester (fall/spring/summer),
completing the MIM program in two years with a specialization
in Data Analytics.
• Complete a series of activities designed to facilitate your
successful completion of the MIM program and encourage your
development as a high-impact information professional.
The UMD MIM program is built on a diverse, multidisciplinary
intellectual and professional community that includes:
•Faculty & Staff
iSchool Faculty are internationally recognized for their
research, teaching, and consulting in areas such as
information retrieval, data science, information systems,
social computing, digital asset and knowledge management.
•Current MIM Students
MIM students have a wide ranging backgrounds, interests,
and expertise. They come from all over the world where they
have worked in (and are working in) a range of industries,
sectors, and types of organization.
MIM Faculty
Doug Oard: Leading researcher
in cross-language information
retrieval and eDiscovery. Former
director of the MIM program.
Jimmy Lin: “Big data” researcher, with a
particular focus on large-scale distributed
algorithms for text processing. Co-Author
of “Data-Intensive Text Processing with
MapReduce.” Offers a course in cloud
computing in Spring 2013.
iSchool Associate Dean for Research.
MIM Faculty
Jordan Boyd-Graber: Focuses on
discovering hidden structure in
natural language to create new
applications. Offers a new course in
big data analysis in Spring 2013.
Jessica Vitak: Studies the social impacts
of communication technology,
specifically on the relationship between
network composition, self-presentation
strategies, and social capital.
MIM Faculty
Brian Butler: Research areas include the
dynamics of online communities and other
technology-supported groups, Wikipedia
policies and rules, social networking
systems, and the politics of technology
implementation in organizations.
Current director of the MIM program.
Kanti Srikantaiah: Edited several books
on knowledge management. Former
director of Center for Knowledge
Management, Dominican University,
MIM Faculty
Ping Wang: His research seeks to understand
the popularity of IT innovations and the
effects of popular innovations on
organizations. Director of the
iSchool Ph.D program.
Vedat Diker: Studies how best to capture
organizational and business processes to
achieve good data design. Offers a
course in relational and NoSQL database
design in Spring 2013.
MIM alumni actively participate in many aspects of the MIM
program and hold positions in organizations such as:
US Government Accountability
Office (U.S. GAO)
Adobe Systems
Hughes Network Systems
American Chemical Society
American Express
J.P. Morgan
Bank of Scotland
Northrop Grumman
Deloitte Consulting
Capitol One
Progressive Insurance
Chronicle of Higher Education
Smithsonian Institution
Credit Suisse
The Brick Factory
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Washington Post
US Department of Health and Human
US Department of Defense
US Census Bureau
US Department of the Treasury
Fannie Mae
World Bank
Graduate Assistantships and
Financial Aid
• Graduate assistantships are available for MIM students
enrolled at both the College Park and Shady Grove
• Part time (hourly) employment is also available both on
campus and off campus
• Scholarships and other financial aid is available through
the College of Information Studies, the University of
Maryland and other organizations.
1. LEARN MORE about the opportunities offered by the MIM
program at MIM Central - (Register there
to receive updates via e-mail).
2. READ about UMD’s iSchool at
3. EMAIL the MIM Program Director Brian Butler at
[email protected] to get answers to MIM program specific
4. CONTACT the iSchool Admissions staff at
[email protected] to get answers to questions
about the admissions process
5. APPLY to the MIM program at