MSIM degree tracks

Choose the track that aligns with your career and life.

Tracks overview

You can tailor the MSIM program to suit your experience level and professional goals through our three degree tracks offered in both the online and residential modalities.

Your time to degree will depend upon your degree track and whether you choose to pursue your studies part time or full time.

Early-Career track (65 credits)

Early-Career Accelerated track (40 credits)

Mid-Career track (36 credits)

Choose your path

Before choosing a mode of study or specializations, MSIM applicants identify the degree track best suited to their level of experience, career goals and desired timeframe. The MSIM program meets you where you are in your career, whether you’re looking for your first job in information management, a promotion or a career change.

Track options

Early-Career

Gain breadth and depth of knowledge in the information management field. Take as few as six quarters to complete your MSIM and gain experience through multiple real-world projects. Select up to two specializations.

Early-Career Accelerated

Earn your MSIM degree in as little as four quarters if enrolled full time. Gain hands-on experience through a required practicum and develop expertise in one specialization.

Mid-Career

Build on your 5+ years of professional experience and open doors to new and higher-level positions. Select one or more specializations. 

Track comparison

Early-Career track

The Early-Career MSIM track is designed for recent college graduates, career pivoters and those who wish to develop their expertise and position themselves for advancement to leadership and strategic oversight roles in the future. Through this track, you’ll learn work-relevant skills and have a significant opportunity to apply and showcase your skills to potential employers through your Capstone project and other hands-on learning experiences. Early-Career students have the opportunity to select two specializations to deepen their knowledge and skills in high-demand areas, making it a greater return on investment in career and salary potential.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 65-credit program.
  • Four core courses.
  • Complete up to two specializations or use electives to customize your learning.
  • Complete one or more internships or applied experiences, including faculty-directed research.
  • Complete an industry-sponsored Capstone project to synthesize your learning and demonstrate your skills to potential employers.
  • Finish in as few as six terms if enrolled full time.

Early-Career Accelerated track

The Early-Career Accelerated MSIM track suits students who have focused academic and professional goals. This program is designed to maximize learning across a minimum of four terms and is suitable for recent college graduates or early-career professionals.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 40-credit program.
  • Four core courses.
  • Complete one specialization or take electives to customize your learning. Additional specializations require added credits.
  • Synthesize your knowledge and gain hands-on experience through a required Practicum, which includes three options: internship, faculty-directed research project or sponsored project.
  • Complete the program in one year if enrolled full time.

Mid-Career track

The Mid-Career MSIM track is designed for mid-career professionals with at least five years of professional experience.  Students aiming to change industries are able to supplement the curriculum with applied experiences or additional coursework as needed to support their career goals.  

REQUIREMENTS

  • 36-credit program.
  • Four core courses.
  • At least five years of relevant employment experience in an information management related field.
  • Complete one or more specializations or take electives to customize your learning. Additional specializations require added credits.
  • Complete the program in under one year if enrolled full time.

Find your fit

Deciding between Early-Career and Early-Career Accelerated? Not sure if you qualify for Mid-Career? Take our short quiz to uncover which degree track best meets your needs.

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Track schedules

The MSIM program follows a quarter-term schedule: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Each term is 10 weeks long, with one week for exams, finals or final projects. See the full 2023-2024 Academic Calendar for more information.

TermEARLY-CAREER COURSE PLAN*
Term 1IMT 500 (4)
IMT 580 (4)
Term 2IMT 550 (4)
Optional: Bridge course or Specialization #1 (4)
Term 3IMT 570 (4)
Specialization #1 (4)
Term 4Specialization #1 (4)
Elective (4)
Term 5Specialization #1 or Elective (4)
Internship (4)
Term 6Optional: Bridge course or Specialization #2 (4)
Internship (4)
Term 7Specialization #2 (4)
Elective (4)
Capstone I (1)
Term 8Specialization #2 (4)
Capstone II (2)
Term 9Specialization #2 (4)
Capstone III (2)
Total~18 courses (65 credits)

* Students can complete the program in as few as six terms if enrolled full time and taking three courses per term.

TermEARLY-CAREER ACCELERATED COURSE PLAN**
Term 1IMT 500 (4)
IMT 580 (4)
Term 2IMT 550 (4)
Optional: Bridge course or Specialization (4)
Term 3IMT 570 (4)
Specialization (4)
Term 4Specialization (4)
Practicum (6)
Term 5Specialization or Elective (4)
Total~10 courses (40 credits)

** Students can complete the program in as few as four terms if enrolled full time and taking three courses per term.

TermMID-CAREER COURSE PLAN***
Term 1IMT 500 (4)
Optional: Bridge course (4) or Specialization (4)
Term 2IMT 580 (4)
Specialization (4)
Term 3IMT 570 (4)
Specialization (4)
Term 4IMT 550 (4)
Specialization (4)
Term 5Elective (4)
Total~9 courses (36 credits)

*** Students can complete the program in as few as three terms if enrolled full time and taking three courses per term. For students wishing to broaden their MSIM degree, it is possible to extend your time at the iSchool to complete a second specialization or additional experiential learning projects.

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