Next start date:
January 8, 2024, 8:59 pm PST
The I School’s Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program welcomes students from a diverse set of backgrounds, nations, cultures, and experiences. Our community includes students from technical and nontechnical backgrounds, students with disabilities, students of color, student parents, veterans, first-generation college graduates, and those seeking a career change. Our goal each year is to bring in a talented class of about 50–70 students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.
Applications are evaluated holistically based on a combination of academic aptitude, work experience, leadership potential, essays, letters of recommendation, and fit. The admissions team considers achievements in the context of the opportunities available to an applicant. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.
Are you considering applying to our MIMS program, but not quite sure where to begin? Check out our Getting Started page for some helpful tips!
(1) Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose should describe your relevant academic and professional experience and accomplishments, your future professional goals once the degree is acquired, and why you are drawn to the MIMS program and believe it would be a good fit for you and your goals.
(2) Personal History Essay
The Personal History essay provides an opportunity for the admissions committee to get to know you better on a personal level.
(3) Short Answer Essay
The Short Answer Essay should answer the following question in 300 words or less:
What is the most interesting information problem you have ever solved? Explain why it was interesting and how you solved it.
(4) Three Professional Letters of Recommendation
We prefer that letters come from a current or former recent employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction who can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context.
(5) Current Resume
Please upload a current resume, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information.
(6) College Transcripts
As part of the online application, upload copies of official transcripts and degree conferral certificates (if applicable) 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.
(7) TOEFL or IELTS 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 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System).
(8) Programming Proficiency Form
Each applicant must submit a Programming Proficiency Form as part of the application. Applicants will list their programming language(s), select their level of proficiency, and include a brief description of how they acquired their knowledge of object-oriented programming.
(9) Application Fee
(submitted with the online application)
- Fee for domestic applicants: $135.
- Fee for international applicants: $155.
Application Fee Waiver: UC Berkeley Graduate Division and the I School are pleased to offer application fee waivers to eligible MIMS applicants. Prior to submitting your application, please complete our Application Fee Waiver request form.
Some of our MIMS applicants will be invited to interview as part of the application review process. Interviews are by invitation only, and may be requested if the admissions committee has follow-up questions or concerns that an interview could help address or clarify. If you are invited to interview, we recommend that you prepare as you would for a professional business interview. Be ready to discuss your background and your goals. An interview invitation has no reflection on your chances of admission.
Pursuant to UC Berkeley policy, application essays must be written by the candidate. For admitted students, application materials must comply with the Code of Student Conduct.
Do you have other admissions questions that were not answered in our application pages? Check out our MIMS Admissions FAQ.
Contact the admissions team with questions about the MIMS program or application.
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MIMS Class Profile
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Undergraduate majors include:
- Business administration
- Computer science
- Cognitive science
- Electrical and computer engineering
- Environmental analysis
Common areas of interest include:
- UX research and design
- Human-computer interaction
- Data analytics
- Data science
- Natural language processing
- Artificial intelligence
- Product management
- Public policy
- Education design