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The University of Washington Information School’s Master of Science in Information Management program offered online will prepare you to become a strategic leader ready to use information as a tool to spur positive social and organizational change.

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AN ETHICALLY FOCUSED, STRATEGIC APPROACH

Information is more than data points and statistics — information drives strategic advantage and social empowerment. In the right hands, information can create innovation and productivity built on more inclusive systems that drive society forward and create opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful difference. Infused with elements of equity, inclusion and social consciousness, the MSIM program will give you a foundational knowledge of the many facets of information management and teach you to consider the human implications and impacts of information systems.

You will gain a holistic knowledge of systems thinking, data-driven strategic planning, ethics and social responsibility that will help you solve organizational problems and critically analyze procedures across all areas of information management. You will graduate ready to become an innovative leader actively taking the information field in a new direction — one that not only solves organizational challenges, but also has a positive impact on society.

SPRING 2021 KEY DEADLINES

OCTOBER 15

EARLY REVIEW APPLICATION DEADLINE

*Applicants will be considered for a $1,000 merit-based scholarship

NOVEMBER 19

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE

*Applicants will be considered for a $500 merit-based scholarship

FEBRUARY 11

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE

MARCH 29

CLASSES START

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HOW THE MSIM WILL ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

Being an expert in a single field is not enough to lead in the complex information age. Good information leaders need to understand the complexities of people, technology, and processes in the context of their organization and society. We will provide you with a holistic perspective of information management that will enable you to understand and develop innovative solutions to advance organizational strategy across industry sectors.

You will take a set of foundational core courses that cover six key elements:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Information management
  • Professionalism
  • Information technology
  • Ethics and policy
  • System thinking and problem-solving

These courses give you a comprehensive understanding of information management practices that, combined with demonstrated and applied expertise, will make you a highly sought-after information management leader and set you apart in the job market.

CAREER OPTIONS

MSIM students gain the critical, analytical and management skills necessary to lead complex, information-intensive initiatives. Graduates often see immediate professional benefits in the form of new positions, promotions or larger leadership roles in their organizations.

Typical job categories for recent graduates specializing in Business Intelligence and/or Data Science include:

ANALYSTS AND CONSULTANTS

  • Senior data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • IT advisory risk consultant
  • Senior information consultant
  • Senior systems analyst
  • Senior technical consultant
  • Professional services consultant
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DEGREE TRACKS

You can tailor the MSIM program to suit your goals and your life, whether you choose to join the online or residential program. We offer three degree path options: Mid-Career, Early-Career and Early-Career Accelerated.

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Early-Career

The Early-Career MSIM track is great if you are a recent college graduate, have less than five years of professional experience, or are looking for an opportunity to explore a wider range of topics and hands-on experiences.

Overview

  • 65 credits that can be completed in as little as six quarters
  • Complete up to two specializations (Business Intelligence and Data Science)
  • Address a real-world information problem as part of a required Capstone project
  • Opportunity to complete one or more internships or practicum experiences, including faculty-directed research
  • Option to take electives to further customize your learning
  • Access to iSchool resources, including the Career Services team and iCareers database, for the full duration of their program—at least two years
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Early-Career Accelerated

The Early-Career Accelerated MSIM track is great if you have focused academic goals. This program is designed to maximize learning across a minimum of four quarters and is suitable for recent college graduates or early-career professionals.

Overview

  • 40 credits that can be completed in as little as four quarters
  • Option to complete one specialization, or use electives to customize your learning
  • Opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a required practicum, which includes three options: internship, faculty-directed research project, or sponsored project
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Mid-Career

The Mid-Career MSIM track is great if you are a mid-career working professional with at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Overview

  • 36 credits that can be completed in as little as four quarters
  • Opportunity to earn your degree while working full-time or balancing other commitments
  • Option to complete one or more specializations (Business Intelligence or Data Science); additional specializations require added credits

CHOOSE YOUR SPECIALIZATION

MSIM students are encouraged to tailor their coursework to their career goals, with the option to complete up to two specializations depending on their program track and interests. Students pursuing their coursework online currently have access to the two most in-demand specializations, with additional specializations available for students enrolled in residential degree options.

For each of these specializations, there is a single bridge course that provides the prerequisite skills. This will enable all students the ability to select either specialization regardless of your background. These bridge courses are IMT 511 (DS) and IMT 543 (BI).

Business Intelligence (BI)

Building analytical, managerial and baseline technical skills will help you learn to manage the process of transforming data into insight. This specialization has a managerial/strategic focus but also incorporates modern analytics and data warehousing toolsets to provide foundational exposure to key technologies.

Data Science (DS)

In this specialization, you will study the computational and quantitative analysis of large datasets to transform data into information. This track will teach you to use methods, tools and frameworks for analyzing and deriving insight from large-scale, heterogeneous data. Courses in this track are sequenced and cannot be taken out of order.

COURSE CURRICULUM

CORE COURSES

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MEET OUR FACULTY

Hala Annabi

HALA ANNABI

Associate Professor, MSIM Program Chair

Specializations

  • Inclusive learning organizations
  • Women in the technology industry
  • Individuals with autism in the workplace

Research Areas

  • Sociotechnical information systems
  • Health and well-being

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Mike Doane

MIKE DOANE

Associate Teaching Professor

Specializations

  • Information architecture
  • Metadata
  • Semantic web knowledge structures

Research Areas

  • Library and information science

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Greg Hay

GREG HAY

Assistant Teaching Professor

Specializations

  • Relational database design
  • Business intelligence
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)

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Bill Howe

BILL HOWE

Associate Professor

Specializations

  • Data management
  • Data science for social good
  • Scientific databases and visualization

Research Areas

  • Data science

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FAWAD KHAN

Part-Time Lecturer

Specializations

  • Digital Transformation & Cloud Computing
  • Emerging Technologies (ML, AI, loT, Blockchain)
  • Project & Program Management

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Sean McGann

SEAN MCGANN

Teaching Professor, iAffiliates Director

Specializations

  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • Information systems analysis and design
  • Management and strategic leadership

Research Areas

  • Sociotechnical information systems

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Adam Daniel Moore

ADAM DANIEL MOORE

Professor, Ph.D Program Co-Chair

Specializations

  • Ethics of information and technology
  • Applied ethics
  • Normative ethical theory
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Freedom of speech
  • Ethics of hacking
  • Data ethics

Research Areas

  • Information and society

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Sean Pettersen

SEAN PETTERSEN

Part-Time ProfessorLecturer

Specializations

  • BI/Data Warehousing
  • Software Development
  • Software Development
  • Program Management

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Andrew Reifers

ANDREW REIFERS

Associate Teaching Professor

Specializations

  • Cybersecurity

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Joel Ross

JOEL ROSS

Associate Teaching Professor

Specializations

  • Games and gamification
  • Pervasive systems
  • Computer science education

Research Areas

  • Sociotechnical information systems

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Chirag Shah

CHIRAG SHAH

Associate Professor

Specializations

  • Information retrieval/seeking
  • Data science
  • Personalization and recommendation

Research Areas

  • Data science
  • Human-computer interaction

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Emma Spiro

EMMA SPIRO

Associate Professor

Specializations

  • Social networks
  • Crisis informatics and misinformation
  • Computational social science

Research Areas

  • Data science
  • Sociotechnical information systems

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Richard Sturman

RICHARD STURMAN

Assistant Teaching Professor

Specializations

  • User-centered design
  • System analysis and design
  • Product development

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COMPARE PROGRAMS

MSIM: Master of Science in Information Management (Information School)MBA: Master of Business Administration (Foster School of Business)*MSDS: Master of Science in Data Science (Interdisciplinary, UW Graduate School)
Focus
  • Information and IT management
  • Core courses in leadership, information management, ethics and policy, systems thinking and problem solving
  • Business management
  • Leadership, strategic thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary approach to manipulating large data sets, analyzing data, and communicating the results to stakeholders
Curriculum
  • 3-4 core courses plus specializations in: Business Intelligence, Data Science, Information, User Experience
  • Culminates in a practicum (Capstone project, internship or faculty-directed research project)
  • Core courses in accounting, economics, ethics, finance, marketing, operations management, strategy, and quantitative methods
  • Electives focus on personal career objectives
  • Full-time and Evening MBA students may complete a specialization or certificate (added credits may be required)
  • Core courses, partially sequenced, in topics such as: Statistics, Machine learning, Human-centered data science and visualization, Scalable data systems, Data management
  • Culminates in a two-quarter, group capstone project
Common job titles
  • Analyst: Business, Business Intelligence, Data, Security or Technology
  • Consultant: Advisory, Security or Technology
  • Data Scientist
  • Engineer/Developer: Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Data or Systems
  • Manager: Product, Program or Project
  • User Experience Designer/Researcher
  • Brand Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Controller
  • Data Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Operations Manager
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Systems Engineer
  • Statistician
Option to work full-time while in school
  • Early-Career or Early-Career Accelerated: On campus or online, part-time or full-time
  • Mid-Career: On campus or online, part-time
  • Full-time: No
  • Evening or Hybrid: Yes
  • Yes
Approximate total tuition(based on 2019-20 costs to meet minimum requirements)
  • Early-Career: $58,240
  • Early-Career Accelerated: $35,840
  • Mid-Career: $32,256
  • Full-time: $68,676 resident; $100,122 non-resident
  • Evening: $77,657
  • Hybrid MBA: $108,000
  • $47,520

*Note: Foster offers several MBA programs, only three of which are captured in this chart.

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BENEFITS OF A PROGRAM FROM SEATTLE

Seattle is a burgeoning tech hub bursting with opportunities for both residential and online MSIM students. You will have access to industry-leading guest speakers, fantastic networking opportunities and plenty of career advancement. The MSIM curriculum is designed and developed with input from leading information management companies serving on our Advisory Board, including leaders from Amazon, Accenture, Deloitte, the City of Seattle and others.

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