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.