Career Paths

MIMS Careers

The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program produces leaders who work at the intersections between technology, information, and people. Graduates have expertise in skills as diverse as: data analysis & modeling, machine learning, product management, data visualization, user experience research, user interface design, policy & legal research, security, business strategy, information organization & retrieval, and entrepreneurship.

The private sector draws the greatest number of I School graduates — 75 to 85 percent depending on the class. Recent private sector employers include Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Autodesk, Uber, Deloitte, and Salesforce. Public sector employers include UC Berkeley, the UC Office of the President, the US Coast Guard, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the Library of Congress, and the International Computer Science Institute.

MIMS Career Survey

I School MIMS graduates have been extremely successful in their job searches. These students have accepted full-time positions in academia, government, non-profit and the private sectors.

MIMS Summer Internship Survey

A majority of students in the MIMS program choose to participate in a paid internship between the first and second year of their studies. The internships provide the students with an opportunity to build upon the knowledge gained from their studies and acquire valuable work experience that provides context for their newly acquired skill sets.

MIDS Careers

Designed for data science professionals, the UC Berkeley School of Information’s Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) prepares students to derive insights from real-world data sets, using the latest tools and analytical methods to interpret and communicate their findings in ways that influence decision making, changing both minds and behaviors in a variety of settings.

The MIDS program is a part-time degree, geared towards working professionals. Current employers of MIDS students include American Express, Apple, Bloomberg, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, and NASA's Ames Research Center. Our most recent graduates from the MIDS program have accepted data science positions at companies including Fitbit, Castlight Health, and Autodesk.

Ph.D. Careers

The I School’s doctoral program is research-oriented. Students choose specific fields of specialization, prepare sufficiently in the literature and the research of those fields to pass written and oral examinations, and complete original research culminating in a written dissertation. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate’s grasp of a broad field of learning and distinguished accomplishment in that field through contribution of an original piece of research revealing high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis.

I School Ph.D. graduates may go on to careers in academia, industry, or the public sector. Today you will find them in faculty positions or conducting post-doctoral research at leading universities, contributing their expertise to enterprises like Microsoft, and leading research efforts at technology think-tanks.

Last updated:

August 4, 2017