MS in Information Management

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Become an expert in information solutions.

Designed to meet the demand for a larger and better prepared information management workforce, the MS/IM prepares students for information-intensive professional roles in a broad range of sectors. Increasingly, organizations of all kinds rely on the strategic use of information to create solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. MS/IM graduates are poised to lead the way in wielding the world’s growing information resources for the greater good.

Inaugural class

The first cohort of MS/IM students started classes at the iSchool in Fall 2016. More than forty strong, the group is nearly evenly split in terms of gender and boasts a large number of international students. These students bring a diverse set of skills and expertise to the program, which will enhance the breadth of the learning experience. The iSchool plans to continue growing this new program by offering online enrollment beginning in Spring 2017.

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Cutting-edge curriculum

Our curriculum emphasizes a deep understanding of the interplay of people, information, and technology and reflects a professional commitment to advancing the well-being of society through the use of information. Our world-class faculty are leaders in the field who provide the knowledge and skills required for successful careers in the design and management of information systems.

The MS/IM degree consists of 40 hours of coursework including three required courses. Additional, elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

The degree requires programming ability. If you do not already have sufficient programming expertise you will be required to take a programming course.

The MS/IM is a STEM-designated program, which allows international students to remain in the country and gain work experience through Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an extended period of time. Graduates of STEM-designated programs are allowed to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT, provided certain employment conditions have been met.

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Earn your degree on campus or online

The MS/IM degree may be completed on campus or through our online program, which combines rigorous academics with the flexibility to take courses from anywhere in the world. Online students are required to engage with their peers and faculty in real time, participating in synchronous sessions and live virtual discussions. The program begins with an on-campus orientation, where students meet faculty and staff and connect with fellow classmates.

Once students are admitted, they have the ability to enroll in courses using either option, depending on their needs. Administrative staff and advisors work with students during registration to make sure they are able to enroll in the classes that best meet their needs for any given semester.

Robust student support

Our student services staff is strongly committed to supporting students throughout their time at our school, beginning with admissions counseling through career guidance and job placement.

Specialized career pathways

The MS/IM program offers four pathways of professional focus that prepare students for high-level, specialized careers in a number of employment sectors. The expertise of our graduates can be applied to a number of employment settings in both the public and private sectors.

Data science
and analytics

Data is ubiquitous. Global industry depends on professionals who can manage, clean, and interpret data to make decisions, assess services, and ultimately operate an improved organization. MS/IM students are prepared to be instrumental contributors to organizational success through strong theoretical and technical understanding of data in society and within organizations.

Organizations rely on the access and use of private and sensitive electronic and networked information. Information professionals develop mechanisms and infrastructures that take into account best practices for consumer privacy and ethical industry standards in order to build and maintain secure systems that lead to effective information management.

Privacy, trust,
security, and ethics

Information architecture
and design

Every organization has a website, app, or other electronic representation of their mission, impact, services, and access points. Information architects build interfaces and organize content that relay and transmit this information effectively. MS/IM students are prepared to address challenges of information interaction with expertise in theories of information organization and design paired with the technical ability to implement complex interactive solutions.

The modern globalized workplace relies on fast, accurate information. Knowledge managers collect, organize, and interpret data on which major strategic decisions are based. Businesses and other organizations also rely on systems to store valuable information that are used by employees to make integral contributions. In order to provide this information support and system management, MS students learn to analyze and represent information and how to customize and efficiently utilize systems that manage critical organizational information.

Knowledge management
and information consulting

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Find out more!

Further details, including tuition and suggested courses, are available in our program brochure.

Our School is a charter member of the iSchools organization, an international group of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. The iSchool at Illinois is one of the world’s premier professional schools, home to highly ranked academic programs, world-class faculty, top-tier research, and a strong alumni network. We change the world for the better through our human-centered, interdisciplinary approach that connects people with technology to achieve their goals.

Application deadlines

On-Campus MS/IM and MS/IM Online

Priority deadline for spring admission: October 15
Final application deadline: November 1
Last day to accept admission: December 1

Priority deadline for fall admission: February 15
Final application deadline: March 15
Last day to accept admission: April 15

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials before or on the priority deadline in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be based on a holistic review of all submitted application materials. Scholarship offers will be made at the same time as the offer of admission. We will continue to accept applications until the final deadline date. To promote the academic success of incoming graduate students, we ask that all admitted students accept their admissions offer on or before the deadline listed.

Have questions?
Email: ischool-infomanagement [at] illinois.edu