About This Program
Students in this information architecture program already have a background in information management and are looking to take the next step in their careers. This is the first IA degree of its kind in Canada, in that it allows students to build on the knowledge that they already have, and offers a flexible timeframe so that students can progress in their careers while in school.
The Master of Information Management program at Dalhousie University is delivered by world-class academicians. Students have the opportunity to earn two management credentials alongside their Master’s. The unique IA program is highly flexible, with courses both online and in person, and allows students to network with professionals across Canada and internationally.
Most of the courses in this program are required. The faculty has developed a curriculum that will allow students to develop a strong foundation in Information Management, and be prepared for the professional world. The core is made up of Information, People and Society; Organization of Information; Information Systems and Technologies; Knowledge Management; Research Methods; User Experience and a Capstone course. One elective is also offered each term. This high ratio of required courses means that employers know every graduate has the skills they need.
After completing all of the required courses, students will have a depth of knowledge in four competencies. The first in Information Management Leadership, which means students will not only have a foundation of knowledge on the subject, but they will also be capable of being a resource within their organization. The second is Enterprise Architecture – graduates will be able to use the latest technology to manage information. The third is Risk Management, which means students will be able to mitigate risks associated with information resources. The last is Information Security because many of the resources information managers are responsible need to be kept securely.
This is a blended IA program, so each course involves three credit hours of online coursework and one credit hour of onsite work. These sessions take place on the Dalhousie campus, and students are expected to attend all of them. There is a possibility of taking single hour directed reading courses if it is impossible to attend, or taking an additional three-hour session if three intensives cannot be attended. Most students spend 12 to 15 hours per week on each IA class.
The program has been accredited for 40 years and is part of the highly regarded Dalhousie school of Management. The Information Management program costs C$750 per credit hour, C$3000 per course, and C$27,000 for the full degree. The entire program is pay-as-you-go, and students have seven years to complete the program from the time they begin. Interested students can participate in an information session, which is offered online, over the phone, and in person.