Become an expert in information solutions
Designed to meet the growing demand for information professionals, the MS/IM prepares you to lead the way in using today's growing information resources to address key organizational and social challenges.
What can you do with an MS/IM degree?
Through our flexible curriculum—which emphasizes the intersection of people, information, and technology—students develop advanced skills in information management and analysis that can be applied in a broad range of employment settings. Electives are available in a variety of areas, and the program offers course groupings customized to specific career pathways.
We have a growing number of students who are keen to learn how to deal with rapidly changing information needs across all sectors: startups, established businesses, nonprofits, education, and every level of government. With all this excitement, we strive to help our graduates be able to see the 'big picture' in big data.Michael Twidale, professor and MS/IM program director
A degree for the twenty-first century
Engage with students who have real-world experience and interdisciplinary perspectives for a unique classroom experience that produces well-rounded, exceptionally prepared information professionals.
Working with engineering data in my previous career, I noticed that of the countless data records generated every day, very few were sufficiently or properly analyzed. In addition, data was provided in different formats and of varying quality. The problem was no longer about obtaining the information, but better managing the information.Yingjun Guan (MS '17), PhD student
Find your niche
|Data Scientist||Information Consultant|
|User Experience Researcher||Cybersecurity Analyst|
|Digital Content Manager||Director of Information Services|
|Knowledge Manager||Senior Digital Product Manager|
|Strategic Research Consultant||Taxonomist/Ontologist|
What path will you take?
With only three required courses—Information Modeling (IS 561), Data, Statistical Models and Information (IS 542), and Sociotechnical Information Systems (IS 543)—and a programming course if needed, our curriculum is very flexible. Create a tailor-made degree or follow one of our highly sought-after professional pathways:
- Data Science and Analytics
- Privacy, Trust, Security, and Ethics
- Information Architecture and Design
- Knowledge Management and Information Consulting
The MS/IM is a STEM-designated program.
The flexibility of the MS/IM program has allowed me to take coursework relevant to my interest in natural language processing, such as text mining, data cleaning, ontology development, database design, and information storage and retrieval. I was able to apply what I learned to land a more technical role in my current internship at Intelligent Medical Objects.Sandra Franco (MS '17), product analyst, Intelligent Medical Objects
Immerse yourself in the student experience
Information management is much more than coding: it's about communication. That's why our MS/IM program delivers both. As an iSchool student, you'll be immersed in a rich learning environment that provides a strong academic foundation as well as opportunities to explore your interests through extracurricular and networking activities, internships and other professional field experience, and interaction with expert faculty.
Earn your degree on campus or online
Our program meets your needs by providing on-campus and online options. Through our popular online learning option, you can engage with peers and faculty in real-time virtual classrooms, giving you access to the same high-quality education no matter where you are in the world. Once you are admitted, you have the flexibility to change your learning option if your circumstances change.
There's a deluge of information in society today with lots of knowledge and resources available, but much of it not accessible—either physically accessible to those who need it in different formats or a lack of an access point for certain communities. Through the MS/IM program, I have been able to expand my skills to the accessibility realm, allowing me to bring information management to the next level.Mark McCarthy (MS '18), Quality Assurance Engineer, University of Illinois System, & co-creator of Access Illinois web app
You're more than just your test scores
The MS/IM program is flexible, and our application standards are, too. There's no "magic number" for the GRE or TOEFL score that will automatically get you in—or leave you out. We look at you as a whole person and use an individualized approach to your professional education
With prior experience in the technology sector, I was keen on this program for its immersive and holistic approach. I witnessed the benefits almost immediately when I was able to apply what I’ve learned at the Campus 1871 Startup competition . . . and ended up winning. My journey has just begun!Saajan Dehury (MS '18), team member/winner of the Campus 1871 competition for its smart technology
Get the support you need
Our world-class faculty provide the knowledge and skills needed for successful careers in the design and management of information systems. At the iSchool, you'll learn from the best.
Develop a program that best meets your career goals. Throughout the program, you'll remain in close contact with your advisor to discuss course options, opportunities for practical experiences, and/or research opportunities. Meetings with advising staff can take place in person, over the phone, online (i.e., Skype), or via email.
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