The School of Information Management develops and nurtures dynamic, innovative and practical information professionals who are skilled in the management of information and technology, and who provide leadership and vision in a knowledge-based society.
The following programs are available from, or in conjunction with, the School of Information Management:
Graduate degree programs
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)
Information Management professionals are increasingly required to assume managerial and leadership roles. Graduates with leadership abilities, who can problem-solve effectively in complex environments, have a high tolerance for ambiguity and change, and who possess a strong service orientation are well-positioned for an exciting professional career. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree will prepare you to connect people with information, and to contribute to the information management profession and the discipline through service and scholarly research.
Combined MLIS and Juris Doctor (JD)
Through collaboration between our school and the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie became the first university in Canada to offer the MLIS/JD* (Juris Doctor) degree combination. Through this degree students can focus on the changing role of information and technology in our society and the emerging legal and policy framework required to support these changes. Graduates have pursued a range of careers where their legal and information management expertise have given them a critical edge.
Both degrees are obtained in 4 years, rather than 5 if taken separately.
Combined MLIS and Master of Public Administration (MPA)
In an information-based economy, employees must be effectively equipped with technical and professional competencies to survive and prosper in public sector environments. In response to this need, the School of Information Management and School of Public Administration offer the only combined MLIS/MPA program in Canada. Graduates are expected to be leaders, particularly with regard to the administration and management of public sector organizations. This program allows students to focus on critical topics, including information and knowledge management in the public sector, and how information and communication technologies transform the relationship between governments and citizens. In this program, students complete both a practicum and an internship, in order to build their professional experience as they learn.
Combined MLIS and Master of Resource & Environmental Management (MREM)
The Schools of Information Management (SIM) and Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) offer the combined MLIS/MREM – the first such combined degree in Canada. Students are introduced to the development and significance of information management, to the underlying principles of the profession, and to the techniques of information organization, analysis, retrieval and use, with special relevance for environmental management.
Graduates are uniquely qualified to provide leadership within public and private organizations, and to offer innovative information management solutions in the resource and environmental sectors.
Graduates address the biophysical and socio-political dimensions of resource and environmental management.
Graduate mid-career degree program
Master of Information Management
The Master of Information Management (MIM) is a limited enrolment program for mid-career professionals with at least 5 years' experience in the private, public or NGO sectors. It is a part-time program offered primarily by distance. The MIM program offers interim credentials en route to graduation: Graduate Certificate in IM and Graduate Diploma in IM (after three and six courses respectively).
Undergraduate degree program
Bachelor of Management (Knowledge Management Major)
The Bachelor of Management (BMgmt) is an interdisciplinary program that develops adaptable, innovative and creative professionals who make significant contributions to our region, Canada and the world. Pursuing a Knowledge Management major allows you to learn key techniques to identify, capture, process and distribute information to support decision-making and strategic planning in any organizational setting.
Doctorate degree program
SIM participates in Dalhousie University's Interdisciplinary PhD program. This program is designed for students who wish to engage in doctoral studies involving two or more departments in the University.