MIMS Degree Requirements
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.
First Year Required Courses
Students are required to take the following core courses:
- Info 202. Information Organization and Retrieval
- Info 203. Social Issues of Information
- Info 205. Information Law and Policy
- Info 206A. Introduction to Programming and Computation *
- Info 206B. Introduction to Data Structures and Analytics
* Students may be eligible to waive out of Info 206A if they demonstrate sufficient prior competency in Python programming and related topics during the admissions process.
The remaining units for the first and second semesters are composed of electives.
The second year of the MIMS 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. We encourage applicants to review prior year MIMS Final Projects.
Summary of Degree Requirements
- Required core courses taken during the first year of the program:
- Technology requirement:
- Additional two- or three-unit course, taken from an approved list of technology courses
- Social Science and Policy requirement:
- Two- or three-unit course, taken from an approved list of courses.
- Final Project requirement:
- During the spring semester of the second year of the program, students are enrolled into Info 298A with their final project advisor and other team members, as part of the final project requirement.
All degree requirements must be taken on a letter grade basis.
In addition to the degree requirements above, students must take a total of 48 units (in the 100- or 200-level) over the two years in order to earn a MIMS degree.
- Students must take a minimum of 40 units from within the School of Information’s Info course catalog
- A maximum of 8 units taken in other departments can be counted towards the degree, with approval by the students I School faculty advisor.
- A maximum of 6 units of Info 298 (Directed Group Study) and Info 299 (Individual Study) combined will count toward the degree.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in order to earn the MIMS degree. 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 at least 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.
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.