Programs

The School of Information offers three degree programs: a professional master’s degree in information management, a professional master’s degree in data science, and and an academic doctoral degree.

The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program is a two-year full-time program, designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as information professionals. Such a profession is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring aspects of computer science, cognitive science, psychology and sociology, economics, business, law, library/information studies, and communications.

The Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is an innovative part-time fully online program that trains data-savvy professionals and managers. Working with data at scale requires distinctive new skills and tools. The MIDS program is distinguished by its disciplinary breadth; unlike other programs that focus on advanced mathematics and modeling alone, the MIDS degree provides students insights from social science and policy research, as well as statistics, computer science and engineering.

The I School's Ph.D. program in Information Management & Systems offers the resources, support, and inspiration that scholars need to pursue new ideas, conduct their own research, and shape the evolving relationship between people and information around the world.

  Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) Ph.D. in information management & systems
Career path Information professionals in a variety of jobs and industries. Data scientists, working with large data sets in a variety of fields. Information scholars in both academia and industry.
Curriculum The MIMS degree is a flexible program, covering a wide range of information professions. After mastering basic interdisciplinary information skills, electives allow you to specialize in different areas or industries. The MIDS curriculum is targeted at data science professionals, giving you the core skills to manage and take advantage of large data sets, while incorporating insights from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree, where students study a broad cross-section of information topics before specializing and conducting advanced research in a specialization of their choice.
Location UC Berkeley's South Hall. Online, plus one 4- to 5-day immersion on the UC Berkeley campus. UC Berkeley's South Hall.
Program length Two years (four semesters), summers not included. 20 months (4-5 semesters), summers included. The normative time to degree is 6 years, summers not included.
Standard course load MIMS is a full-time, 48-unit program.
A standard course load is 12 units (4 courses) per semester for 4 semesters.
MIDS is a part-time, 27-unit program.
A standard course load is 6 units (2 courses) per semester for four semesters; some students may opt to take a heavier course load and shorten the program length to 12 months.
The Ph.D. is a full-time program.
The normative time to degree is 6 years.

Ideal applicants

 

The MIMS program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanities and social sciences – all should have basic proficiency in an object oriented programming language. Applicants should demonstrate a professional goal that fits well with the I School curriculum. A minimum of two years of job experience is preferred but not required. The MIDS program welcomes students with strong quantitative and analytical thinking skills. Students should have a working knowledge of fundamental computer science concepts and programming proficiency. The Ph.D. program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants should have a demonstrated research record and agenda that fit well with an I School faculty advisor.
When to apply MIMS students are admitted in the Fall semester only; applications are due the preceding January. MIDS students are admitted in January, May, and August; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Ph.D. students are admitted in the Fall semester only; applications are due the preceding December.