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Master of Science in Information Management
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Preparing Leaders in the Information Professions
Cohorts begin each fall for this timely and relevant degree option.
Businesses today have access to unprecedented quantities of data. The challenge for many organizations is managing that information—turning data into an asset by ensuring that it is available where it is needed and when it is needed.
Dominican’s new master’s degree program in information management aims to give professionals the expertise and skills they need to provide leadership in our data-rich world. And, our program is tailored to your busy professional life. Our flexible, hybrid course format enables you to benefit from the personal interaction and focused attention of small classes--along with the ease of access and rapid response of online learning.
You’ll dig deep into the problems and possibilities of information architecture, information security, data analytics, data visualization, user experience design, and digital content management. You’ll envision, develop, manage, and curate information and its systems; synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic and evolving information environment; and develop leadership, communication, and collaboration skills in order to successfully deliver and advocate for information services.
The Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) provides a strong set of required core courses and a rich variety of electives. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation in the basics of information management—analysis, data, policy, and technology—and make up a majority of the coursework, a design that ensures competencies in these core areas. Within the set of electives, students can create their own learning plans or choose from four different specializations: cybersecurity, analytics, digital content management, or web design.
- Cybersecurity – Cybersecurity is a field of study that involves technologies, policies, and procedures to protect data, computers, and networks from unauthorized access, theft, and malicious and/or inadvertent data corruption. The MSIM cybersecurity specialization will focus on data privacy, data security, and organizational security.
- Web Design – A significant and growing number of systems deployed currently are web-based applications. The web design specialization will provide students with an overview of the software development process and the technologies required to design and implement web applications.
- Digital Content Management (DCM) – Supporting and managing both the process and the outcome of digital content creation is an emerging profession for which graduates with an MSIM are eminently qualified. In this specialization, students will learn skills that include content creation, long-term curation of digital materials, and records management.
- Analytics – Data analytics is another exciting career opportunity for MSIM graduates. This specialization merges information management with business analytics, which should prove to be a powerful combination. Three of the courses for the specialization will be offered through the Brennan School of Business.
The 12-course (36 semester hour) curriculum prepares students for professional responsibilities and leadership roles in a broad spectrum of information settings.
- IM 701 Information in Society, Organizations, and Cultures (hybrid/weekend format)
- IM 703 Information Architecture (hybrid/weekend format)
- IM 704 Data Structures and Representation
- IM 720 Data Analytics for Information Professionals
- IM 760 Human Computer Interaction
- LIS 750 Information Storage and Retrieval (hybrid/weekend format)
- LIS 751 Database Management (on-campus format)
- LIS 755 Information Policy (online format)
- LIS 791 Organizational and Multicultural Communication (online format)
The remaining three (more if 1.5-credit courses are selected) courses will be chosen from among the following options, and may be grouped into a specialty area:
- IM 780 Introduction to Information Security (Cybersecurity)
- IM 783 Organizational Informational Security (Cybersecurity)
- IM 785 Information Privacy (Cybersecurity)
- GSB 735 Forecasting (Analytics, on-campus format)
- GSB 786 Predictive Analytics (Analytics, on-campus format)
- GSB 787 Data Mining and Data Warehousing (Analytics)
- LIS 889 Digital Curation (Digital Content Management, hybrid/on-campus format)
- LIS 845 Data Librarianship
- LIS 882 Metadata for Digital Resources (Digital Content Management, online or on-campus format)
- LIS 749 Crisis Informatics
- LIS 758 Community Informatics
- LIS 886 Records and Information Management (Digital Content Management, online format)
- LIS 880 Knowledge Management (online format)
- LIS 769 Research Methods (on-campus format)
- LIS 737 Library and Data Management Systems
- LIS 754 Systems Analysis and Design (Web Design, online format)
- LIS 805 Digital Content Creation (Digital Content Management)
- LIS 752 Networks
- LIS 753 Internet Fundamentals and Design (Web Design, online, hybrid, or on-campus format)
- LIS 759 Digital Libraries (hybrid/weekend format)
- LIS 768 Social Media and Emerging Technologies (Web Design, on-campus format)
- LIS 786 Advanced Web Design (Web Design, online format)
- LIS 884 Big Data and Competitive Intelligence (Analytics, hybrid/weekend format)
- IM 799 Practicum
- IM 801 Independent Study
Enrolled students may register for up to six semester hours of graduate credit in other disciplines at Dominican University, which may be applied as electives toward the MSIM degree. Such courses require approval from the SOIS dean, upon recommendation by the student's advisor. Undergraduate courses may be included; however, a plan for additional work must be submitted for approval by the dean of SOIS. All required courses for the MSIM must be completed prior to registration for courses in other disciplines or the undergraduate program.
- Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed in the Dominican University SOIS program
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Satisfactory completion of the required courses
- Completion of the degree program within six years and filing an Application for Graduation by the filing deadline with the Office of the Registrar the semester before the anticipated graduation date
- Submission of an e-Portfolio during the last semester of study