MIMS Degree Requirements

Course Work

The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program requires at least 48 semester units of study. The first year of the program consists mostly of a core curriculum; the second year involves further study in core areas along with additional electives, with the expectation that the student will specialize in particular aspects of information management and systems, as well as complete a final project requirement.

During the summer between the two years, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship program in order to use their newly acquired skills in real-world settings. Assistance in arranging internships will be provided whenever possible, but the ultimate responsibility of obtaining the internship will be that of the student. Past internships have been in corporate, academic, government and non-profit institutions.

First Year Required Courses

There are four required courses in the first year:

The remaining units for the first and second semesters are composed of electives.

Second Year, MIMS Program

The second year of the program will be devoted to electives both within the I School and in other units on campus. During the final semester of the second year students will, working in groups, undertake final projects. The interdisciplinary diversity of the I School program makes many kinds of projects suitable. Some projects involve the design of an information-intensive application and creation of a software artifact. Other projects include a significant research component, making a written report the most important artifact.  In conjunction with the final project, students should also take a professional skills workshop during the final semester of the second year.

Summary of Course and Unit Requirements

All degree requirements must be taken on a letter grade basis.

Further courses to satisfy the 48 unit requirement may be chosen from the School's course catalog or from courses in other departments, with approval. Students may use 100- or 200-level courses towards the completion of their degree. A maximum of 10 units from other departments will be accepted as counting toward the MIMS degree. Courses from other departments must be upper division or graduate courses numbered in the 100-299 range and must be approved by an I School faculty advisor before credit will be accepted toward the degree. A maximum of 4 units of Individual Study (Info 299) will count toward the degree and a maximum of 2 units of Field Study (297) will count toward the degree.

Work toward the degree must be completed with a grade point average of at least B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Students may elect to take courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis up to a limit of one third (i.e., 16 units) of the total units applied toward the degree.

Length of the MIMS Program

The MIMS program is considered a full-time program. Students are expected to enroll in 12 units of graduate work each semester and complete the program within the two-year time frame. Students are required to be registered for four consecutive semesters.