MIMS Application Instructions
Application Deadline: January 6, 2014.
The I School’s Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program welcomes students from a diverse set of backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanities and social sciences. Our goal each year is to bring in a talented class of about 60 students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.
All application materials must be received by the deadline, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and examination results. We encourage you to apply early. The MIMS program does not accept applications for spring term admissions.
The I School receives over 200 applications each year and aims to bring in a class of about 60 students. Applications are evaluated holistically on a combination of grade point average, GRE score, work experience, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. As much as possible, applicants are judged on a combination of these factors. A minimum of two years of job experience is preferred, although not required. All successful applicants must have statements of purpose that demonstrate goals and interests consistent with the mission of the I School.
(1) Online Application Forms
(2) Statement of Purpose & Personal History
The Statement of Purpose and Personal History are two separate essays.
The Statement of Purpose should succinctly explain your reasons for applying to the I School, briefly review your relevant academic preparation and work experience, and describe your future professional goals once the degree is acquired. The focus should be on your preparation, experience, and aims rather than a discussion of the trends or the importance of information in general. The most successful statements are 1–2 pages in length and focus on the strengths and experiences of the applicant, providing the reviewers with evidence and justification for admitting those applicants who are qualified and well-suited for the I School.
The Personal History should include any relevant information not already included in the Statement of Purpose. Additional suggestions may be found in the Graduate Division's Personal Statement Guide. There is no minimum length for the Personal History.
The two essays are used in part to evaluate the candidate's writing skills. Pursuant to UC Berkeley policy, the statements must be written by the candidate her or himself. For admitted students, application materials must comply with the Code of Student Conduct.
Both essays should be uploaded as PDF documents, as part of the online application.
(3) Three Professional Letters of Recommendation
We prefer that letters come from a current or former employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction such as your supervisor or a major client. The title or status of those you select is not important, what does matter is how closely your recommenders have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. Letters or recommendations from co-workers, someone you have supervised, or personal and family friends are inappropriate and can be detrimental to your application.
We encourage your recommenders to submit their letters online; please follow the instructions in the online application. If this is not possible, recommenders should mail their hard-copy letters along with the letter of recommendation cover sheet directly to the School of Information, at:
School of Information Admissions
If your letters of recommendation are being submitted online, please do not send duplicate hard copies of the letters.
(4) Application Fee
(submitted with the online application)
NOTE: If you have ever registered as a graduate student at UC Berkeley (whether or not you completed another graduate degree), the application fee will be waived. If you are accepted, you will be charged a $70 fee for the application for readmission.
(5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
All applicants must submit valid test results from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
Although we prefer that applicants take the GRE, either exam is acceptable for admission to the MIMS program.
We recommend taking the GRE or GMAT no later than October, and preferably earlier. To be valid, the exam must have been taken within the past 5 years: for applicants for Fall 2014 admission, test scores taken before December 2008 will not be accepted.
Please have your test scores sent directly to UC Berkeley by the testing authorities. The school code for UC Berkeley is 4833; for the GRE, the department code for the I School is 0404 (Information Sciences).
(6) TOEFL Scores
Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. Only applicants who have completed a full year of U.S. university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.
Your most recent score must be at least 570 for the paper-based test, at least 230 for the computer-based test, or at least 68 for the Internet-based test.
We recommend taking the TOEFL no later than October, and preferably earlier. To be valid, the TOEFL must have been taken within the past 18 months: for applicants for Fall 2014 admission, test scores taken before June 2012 will not be accepted.
Please have your test scores sent directly to UC Berkeley by the testing authorities. The school code for UC Berkeley is 4833. The department code for the I School is 99.
(7) Current Resumé
Please upload a current resumé, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information. We request that resumés be 1–2 pages in length and be in a chronological format. The resumé should be uploaded as a PDF document as part of the online application.
(8) College Transcripts
As part of the online application, upload copies of the official transcripts or academic records for all university-level studies you have completed abroad and at U.S. institutions. Be sure to include a current transcript from every post-secondary school that you have attended, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.
Each transcript should be uploaded as a separate PDF document; please refer to the instructions on the online application.
INFO 206, a required course to be taken in the first semester of the MIMS program, involves extensive programming assignments; INFO 206 does not teach programming. It is the student's responsibility to be prepared for INFO 206 before arriving at Berkeley.
Therefore the MIMS degree program requires entering students to have a basic level of skill in object-oriented programming upon enrollment. We require programming skills comparable to those obtained in a college-level programming course in a high-level object-oriented language (e.g., Python, Java, C++). Python is currently used for Info 206, but other languages are acceptable for admission. (This is subject to change in future semesters.)
Each applicant must submit a Programming Competency Statement. This statement is not a form; it is a document each applicant creates, similar to a resumé. It should list your programming language(s), describe specifically your level of proficiency, and include a brief description of relevant programming courses completed. The statement should be uploaded as a PDF document as part of the online application.
All application materials must be received by the application deadline, including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.
If you have any questions, please email .
Computer Ownership Requirement
We require that students own a computer. No particular configuration or operating system is required. However, students will be expected to complete assignments using office productivity software (e.g., Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, etc.), web browsers, etc., and should own a computer capable of running such software. More specific guidance will be provided upon acceptance to the program.