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Program Overview

Dalhousie's MIM Program

Designed and delivered by world-class academics working within an award-winning faculty, our blended/online industry-focused Master of Information Management program perfectly aligns information management (IM) theory with day-to-day workplace realities to help you devise relevant and real-world solutions to the risk and change-related problems your organization faces.

Unique: Our degree – the first one of its kind in Canada – builds on your existing knowledge and experience to help you develop the critical information, risk and change management skills and best practices you need to help your organization excel.

Career Opportunities: Develop the insight, vision and skills needed to lead at a global level in today’s knowledge-based society.

Credentials: you'll have the opportunity to earn two major Information Management-related credentials while you work toward your Master's.

Flexible: Enjoy a highly flexible timeframe that caters to your lifestyle and learning needs. Our program’s blend of distance and face-to-face learning provides you with a chance to learn from anywhere in the world.

Quality Teaching: World class academics deliver our program from within an award-winning faculty – all part of a university that leads in management education.

Networking: Build a lifelong network of like-minded professionals, both in Canada and internationally.

Program Details

Master of Information Management

Program at a Glance

  • Our blended/online Master of Information Management is offered by Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. The school is part of the university’s award-winning Faculty of Management, which includes the Rowe School of Business, the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and the School of Public Administration. 
  • Our university leads in the discipline of management education. Our Master of Library and Information Studies has been accredited for four decades – one of only six English-language programs of its kind in Canada to win this recognition.

Important Dates

Find out when your application and fees are due - along with other important program deadlines.

Information Sessions

Cost

Fees for the Master of Information Management program are:

•    C$750 per credit hour (with 36 credit hours in total)
•    C$3000 for each class
•    C$27,000 for the full degree.

HST is inapplicable. Fees include all textbooks and class materials.

All Dalhousie Blended/Online master's programs are "pay as you go." You pay for each course as you register for it.

Program structure, course selection guide, duration and workload

Classes and credits

Nine classes must be completed: eight are mandatory and one is elective. Each class has an online component of three credit hours and an onsite intensive component of one credit hour.

MIM intensive sessions are normally delivered on the Dalhousie campus in Halifax. If you cannot attend an intensive session, it may be possible to take a one credit hour directed reading course with permission from the MIM Academic Director. In the case where three intensives are missed, an extra three credit hour course may be taken, again with permission from the MIM Academic Director.
 

Find out more about required classes.

Duration

Once you begin, you have seven years to complete our program.

Workload

Our students spend 12 to 15 hours a week on each class, depending on their qualifications and abilities.

Missing a term

If you choose to not register for classes in the fall and winter terms, you must request a continuance before the registration deadline from the Faculty of Management’s Centre for Advanced Management Education. A small fee is charged.

Interim Credentials

The Program offers interim credentials en route to graduation: Certificate in IM and Graduate Diploma in IM (after three and six courses respectively).

What You'll Learn: The MIM Competencies Framework

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP

Information management (IM) leaders focus on the strategic importance of information as a resource within their organization. Effective information management leaders establish appropriate information management goals and processes, and lead the process of organizational change.

A graduate of the Master of Information Management program should understand how to:

  • Identify, develop, articulate, and promote IM strategies and policies that will facilitate the achievement of organizational objectives.
  • Ensure that IM strategies and policies are embedded within corporate governance, projects and business processes.
  •  Foster a knowledge and information rich culture, ensuring that Knowledge and Information Management skills are recognized as core competencies needed to develop individual and organizational capacities.
  • Engage their organization to encourage collaboration and information sharing with internal business units, and externally, to other strategic partners.
  • Act as an advocate and facilitator for IM strategies, and bridge the continuum between senior management and employees
  • Continually review and assess the impact of IM strategies and policies, enhancing and revising them as needed.

ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE

Information managers identify, analyze, and evaluate methods, tools, concepts, and best practices to articulate how processes and technology can be used to manage information resources in accordance with legislation, as well as relevant internal policies, procedures, and guidelines.

A graduate of the Master of Information Management should understand how to:

  • Monitor and evaluate current and emerging best practices in IM and information technology (IT) relative to the organization’s strategic plan and current practices; 
  • Assess and evaluate IM requirements, and identify potential IT-based solutions;
  • Identify and design shared solutions among partners and external organizations, leveraging process and technology investments;
  • Employ the organization’s IT investment strategy to compare, contrast, and evaluate potential acquisitions; and
  • Develop metrics, key performance indicators, and critical success factors to monitor, assess, and report on technology project results.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Information managers identify, analyze, evaluate, and mitigate risks associated with the information resources, throughout their life cycle.

A graduate of the Master of Information Management should understand how to:

  • Identify and value information assets;
  • Conduct risk assessments;
  • Develop and evaluate policies to manage information risk;
  • Advocate risk management at strategic and operational levels;
  • Build a risk-aware culture within the organization, including appropriate education and training;
  • Develop risk response processes, including contingency and business continuity programs; and
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legal or regulatory requirements.

INFORMATION SECURITY

Information managers identify, analyze, and evaluate processes ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their information resources.

A graduate of the Master of Information Management should understand how to:

  • Develop and evaluate policies relating to information security;
  • Define and enforce appropriate access levels to confidential information;
  • Protect data from modification or deletion by unauthorized parties;
  • Ensure the availability of information resources via appropriate systems, access channels, and authentication mechanisms;
  • Implement access controls;
  • Perform security audits.