Applied Information Management
Prospective Students
The AIM Program is not accepting applications at this time.

How to Apply

Admission Criteria

Our goal is to admit graduate students who demonstrate the potential to become responsible, effective managers, and who seek to understand the complexities of information and communication in today's technological, global context. AIM selects candidates who have the experience and background to engage in meaningful classroom discussion.

  1. You must hold a regionally accredited bachelor's degree. This can be in any number of specialties, such as business, education, history, nursing, journalism, art, computer science, or English. Applicants without a degree from an English-speaking institution in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States must submit a score from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  2. You must currently work in a position related to one of the four academic areas in the AIM curriculum (Information Management, Information Design, Business Management, or Applied Research). This may include: database administrator, planner, programmer/analyst, project director, educator, multimedia services supervisor, information technology specialist, or desktop support analyst, to name a few. Read about our typical student.
  3. You must have at least five years of work experience involved in the structuring, processing, or delivery of information.

Application Process

The AIM Program requires that all materials, except for transcripts, be submitted the Graduate School's online application portal. Transcripts are submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. A complete AIM Master's Degree Program online application consists of the following:

University of Oregon Application form

You will need to complete the online Graduate Admissions Application for the University of Oregon Applied Information Management Program via GradWeb.

On the first page of the form, you'll be asked to select your major. Choose IS: Applied Information Mgmt which is listed under Graduate School on the list of available degrees.

A $70.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions for the Graduate Admissions Application. The Graduate School offers graduate application fee waivers for qualified applicants.

Please retain your login credentials (username and password) in a safe place for future reference.

Official transcripts

Transcripts for the AIM Program cannot be submitted via the Graduate School's online application portal and must be submitted directly to the UO Office of Admissions. The college or university can send the official transcript digitally to the UO Office of Admissions or mail an official printed copy to:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1217

If you have a degree from the University of Oregon, you do not need to send a transcript to the UO Office of Admissions. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even those from schools where you took only a few courses. We cannot finish processing your application until all transcripts are on file.

Although courses from one school may be summarized on the transcript of another school, the AIM Program requires official transcripts from each institution, whether you earned a degree at the institution or not.

Students with degrees from foreign institutions must submit an official transcript plus a certified translation in English of the transcript.

Letters of recommendation (three)

The recommendation process is 100% online via GradWeb. Enter the required information (first name, last name, position, institution, and e-mail) for at least three references and press "Submit." An automated e-mail will be sent to each person with instructions on how to respond. You may add a fourth referee, if desired; however, you may not change any referee information once the e-mail has been sent.

Ask for recommendations from employers or supervisors, professors, or someone who can speak specifically of your experience and ability to do work at the graduate level. We require at least one recommendation from a current or recent supervisor. If you recently completed your undergraduate degree, we expect you to include one recommendation from a professor. Recommendations not completed online via GradWeb must come to us directly from the reviewer.

Statement of purpose

You must upload your Statement of Purpose online via GradWeb. The statement is used to evaluate your ability to communicate in writing, to assess your potential for success in the AIM Program, and to see if there is a fit between what you are seeking and what the program provides. The statement (three to five pages, double spaced) should describe:

  1. Your educational background.
  2. Your educational and professional goals.
  3. How the four main AIM components will work together to form a comprehensive program relevant to these goals.
  4. A few paragraphs discussing what attributes and qualities a person must have to succeed in an online program and why you are a good candidate for such a program. Be sure to give reasons beyond the fact that you have scheduling conflicts or travel frequently. Failure to include this information in your statement may result in your application being denied.

Current professional résumé

You must upload your résumé online via GradWeb. An up-to-date résumé indicates past and present education and professional work experience. Your résumé should list dates for previous education and for all related employment, past and present.

Autobiographical essay

You must upload your Autobiographical Essay online via GradWeb. Submit a one to two page, double spaced, autobiographical essay providing enough information to help the AIM Oversight Committee get to know you better, to understand your work environment, and to provide some perspective on the contributions you can make to the program. Your essay should not contain any information you consider to be privileged or private. Download a sample essay.

TOEFL or IELTS score

If applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores need to be entered in the online via GradWeb on the University of Oregon application form.

This is required for applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

The AIM Program requires a minimum score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper version) or 100 (Internet-based test). A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

The AIM Master's Degree Program Oversight Committee admits students twice a year to begin graduate study in either Summer or Winter term.

  • To begin in Winter 2018, apply by October 2, 2017.
  • To begin in Summer 2018, apply by April 2, 2018.

Ready to apply? Log in to start your Online Graduate Application.

If you are planning to apply for financial aid, it is important to do so in a timely manner. You may even do so before you are admitted to the program. However, to receive financial aid, you must be admitted to the program.

Graduate Application Fee Waivers are available to qualified applicants including but not limited to UO employees eligible for staff tuition rates; active member, reservists, or veterans of the U.S. armed services; and Peace Corps and Teach for America participants.

Distance Education Regulations

Due to high annual fees associated with maintaining compliance under the federal regulations on distance education, the University of Oregon is not able to accept registrations or applications for online classes or programs from students who reside in certain states. For details on the regulations, as well as how to file a consumer complaint, please visit the Distance Education website.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Operating system: Windows Vista; or Mac OS X 10.4 (minimum)
Disk space: 50GB
Connection: broadband (cable, DSL, satellite)
Audio: speakers and microphone
Screen: oversize monitor highly recommended

Current hardware recommendations available at discounted rates to admitted students through the UO Duckstore.

Mac Laptop Option: 13-inch MacBook Pro (2.5GHz)

  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
  • 4GB 1600MHz memory
  • 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)

Mac Desktop Option: 21.5-inch iMac (2.5GHz)

  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD6750M with 512MB dedicated memory
  • 8x SuperDrive

PC Laptop Option: Dell XPS 13

  • 13.3 inch Hi-Def (720p) True Life WLED Display
  • Intel Core i5-3317U Processor
  • 4GB DDR3L Memory
  • 128GB SSD Hard Drive
  • Windows 8 64-Bit Operating System
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics Card

PC Desktop Option: New XPS One 27" All-in-One Desktop

  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3450s processor (up to 3.50 GHz)
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
  • 4GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz (upgradeable to 8GB)
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB GDDR5
  • Non-Touch 27" Full High Definition (2560x1440) WLED Display with Webcam