No longer is the world of information management limited to computer analysts or IT managers. Today, professionals in a wide range of organizations and positions serve in this key role. Managing information resources includes working effectively with people, technologies, products, and services. Positions include network administrators, technical writers, database administrators, website developers, desktop support analysts, marketing managers, financial systems analysts, information systems managers, engineers, analysts, designers, accountants, educators, managers, and software developers.
The AIM Program was specifically designed to meet the educational needs of this diverse group of professionals and takes a multidisciplinary approach to preparing them for managing information in their professions.
Students begin the program with an Orientation Module—a series of courses in which they explore online learning, electronic research, and research writing. These courses run for either four or seven weeks. After completing the orientation courses, students enroll in courses from four distinct areas:
- Information Management focuses on information resources, communications, and management tools.
- Business Management focuses on aspects of management strategies and structures and marketing.
- Information Design focuses on the identification, organization, and presentation of information.
- Applied Research focuses on research writing, research methods, and the development of a final Capstone research study.
Core courses are offered asynchronously online, are available 24/7 and run for seven weeks.
The curriculum includes coursework in research methods, research writing and developing a final AIM Capstone paper.
Core courses, with the exception of Virtual Learning and Teams and the final Capstone, must be taken for letter grades (A, B, C, D, F). The core courses provide 44 of the 54 credits required for the degree.
Short courses total 10 credits and focus on emerging technologies and current trends, keeping the program fresh and relevant.
Short courses run online for four weeks and are only offered pass/no pass.
Courses are offered fully online through the UO course management system, Blackboard Learn.
The program is designed so that you can complete the 54 credit master of science degree from the University of Oregon in two and a half to three years as a part-time student. You are welcome to participate in commencement exercises on the Eugene campus.