Graduate Degrees

The School of Information offers four degrees: professional master’s degrees in information management, data science, and cybersecurity 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 Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) program teaches students to develop solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. Delivered online, MICS provides the technical skills and contextual knowledge students need to assume leadership positions in private sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.

The I School’s Ph.D. program in Information Science 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.

The 5th Year MIDS program is no longer accepting applications for new students.

  UC Berkeley’s South Hall X     X
  Online   X X  
  4- to 5-day immersion on the UC Berkeley campus.   X X  
Program length: Two years 20 months 20 months About 6 years
  Semesters 4 4–5 4–5 about 12
  Summers included? No Yes Yes No
Course load:        
  Full-time X     X
  Part-time   X X  
  Standard course load per semester 12 units (4 courses) 6 units (2 courses) 6 units (2 courses) 12 units
  Total units 48 27 27 varies
New students start:        
  X X  
  May   X X  
  August X X X X
Application deadline Early January Rolling admissions Rolling admissions Early December

Graduate Certificates

The School of Information offers two graduate certificates for students who have already been admitted to a Berkeley graduate program. These certificates complement a wide range of existing degree programs:

Last updated:

October 19, 2023