Master of Science in Information Management
In today’s workplaces, new data is created at an astonishing pace. You can help make sense of it and ensure that the right information gets to the right people in the right way by earning your master’s in information management at Dominican University.
At our Chicagoland location, you’ll be studying near a global information hub—bringing you closer to career opportunities in the information systems and management fields. And, thanks to our mix of online and on-campus experiences, you’ll get the flexibility and in-person support you need to succeed:
- Personal attention in small classes of about 16 students
- Opportunities for specialization with four high-demand MSIM concentrations
- A mix of online and on-campus classes to better fit your schedule
- Practicum experiences and portfolio development that build real-world career skills
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What You’ll Learn
In this program, you’ll complete nine core courses designed to develop both foundational theory and hands-on skills that apply directly to the workplace. Courses will teach you to navigate the full lifecycle of information management—from its planning and creation to its distribution, protection and archiving—and master information systems knowledge in analysis, data, policy and technology.
And, as part of Dominican’s esteemed graduate program offering, this information management degree program will help you develop the leadership, communication and collaboration skills you need to stand out in an ever-evolving information environment.
Degree at a Glance
- 36 credits
- Hybrid course format
- Courses offered over three semesters each year
- Finish in as little as 18 months
- Cohorts begin each fall
SOIS Learning Goals and Outcomes (pdf opens in a new window)
Information Management Degree Concentrations
In addition to the core curriculum, you’ll complete three elective courses to create your own learning plan, or choose one of the following areas of specialization:
Cybersecurity: Learn the technologies, policies and procedures used to protect data, computers and networks. In this concentration, you’ll learn to prevent and mitigate unauthorized access to data, data theft and malicious data corruption. Courses include: Introduction to Information Security, Organizational Informational Security, and Information Privacy.
Web Design: Use your creativity and analytical mind to help users access information. In the web design concentration, you’ll get an overview of the software development process and become familiar with technologies that professionals use to design and implement web applications. Courses include: Systems and Analysis and Design, Advanced Web Design, and Social Media and Emerging Media.
Digital Content Management (DCM): From blogs to digital resources, digital content is growing and becoming integral to our world. Learn to create, manage and govern it in this forward-thinking concentration that gives you skills for the strategic planning, curating and managing of digital materials. Courses include: Digital Curation, Metadata for Digital Resources, and Records and Information Management
Analytics: Big data requires a new and innovative approach to analytics. You will learn the methods, tools, and skills to discover the structures, patterns, trends, and relationships in complex data sets in order to transform raw data into useful information and actionable knowledge. A multi-disciplinary approach using statistics, machine learning, and information management are used and provide practical experience in solving problems with real-world data. Courses include: Big Data and Competitive Intelligence, Data Mining, and Network Analytics.
Get a full list of MSIM courses and electives. View our course list
A fast-track option for mid-career professionals
No matter what career stage you’re in, you can tailor this program to your goals and level of experience. Mid-career professionals with at least five years of experience in technology fields can choose our accelerated MSIM track. You can opt out of two foundation courses and complete your degree over four part-time semesters. No matter which track you choose, our hybrid format will enable you to benefit from the personal interaction of small classes—along with the convenience and rapid response of online learning.
One program—two paths
Early-Career MSIM: For students directly out of undergraduate programs or students looking to switch careers. The 12-course (36 semester hour) curriculum prepares students for professional responsibilities and leadership roles in a broad spectrum of information settings.
Mid-Career MISM: For students with 5 or more years of experience in the technology professions. The 10-course (30 semester hour) curriculum prepares students for new career opportunities and leadership roles.
PhD in Information Studies: Interested in research or development in the field of information studies? Get what you need to be a thought leader in our rigorous and respected Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Learn more
Graduate Certificates in Information Studies: Add another layer of expertise to your MSIM degree. Our information studies certificates make it possible in as little as 15 semester hours. Courses of study are available in Archives and Cultural Heritage, Data and Knowledge Management, Health Informatics, Web Design and more. Learn more
What to Expect as You Earn Your Master’s in Information Management
At Dominican, we take pride not only in the curriculum we offer, but also in the student experience. That’s why we balance the flexibility of online classes with meaningful in-person experiences that ensure students are getting the most out of their degree.
When you enter this program, you’ll complete your first two courses in eight-week segments in a hybrid format: four to five weekend sessions, plus online coursework. You’ll then take additional courses online or in hybrid formats. Electives are also offered in a variety of formats—in the evenings and on weekends as well as online or in hybrid formats.
Toward the end of your program, you’ll participate in a practicum study at an information center in the Chicago area. You’ll also submit a portfolio at the end of the program demonstrating your work in the information studies department.
Annual Professional Events
Hear high-profile speakers and thought leaders in the field of library and information science share their professional stories and insights at one of our signature events—all are free and open to the public. Learn more
Our information sciences and management faculty teach from both deep academic insight and real-world industry experience. Here, you’ll be learning from true experts. Meet our faculty
About Dominican’s School of Information Studies (SOIS)
For 80 years, Dominican has been a national leader in library and information science, archival and cultural heritage resources management, and, in more recent years, data analytics, UX design, information security and more. Join our legacy and help influence the future of information management. See what sets us apart
Financing Your Degree
Along with opportunities for financial aid through loans and grants, the School of Information Studies offers a variety of departmental scholarships based on need and merit. The American Library Association, Beta Phi Mu and the Illinois Board of Higher Education also offer scholarships available for a selection of MSIM students.
Contact our Office of Financial Aid to learn more. We can be reached at (708) 524-6809 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I do with an information management degree?
Information management is a critical part of virtually every industry—from healthcare organizations that manage critical patient records to Fortune 500 companies that must manage, access and protect consumer data. Our MSIM program will prepare you for exciting work in positions such as:
- Cybersecurity Governance
- Information Security
- Data Governance
- Digital Asset Management
- Information Architecture
- Risk Management and Compliance
- Metadata Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Data Quality Management
How do I apply?
In order to apply to our master’s in information management program, you will need the following materials:
- Official transcripts from an accredited bachelor’s degree in any field
- Personal essay of at least 500 words
- GRE or MAT exam score
An abbreviated process is offered to those with an accredited information science graduate degree who are pursuing further certification.
Ready to take the next step? Apply now online
Put Information to Work. Earn Your MSIM at Dominican.
Meet the growing demand for information with the skill of an information manager. Launch your career with the confidence of a Dominican graduate. Request information today