Information Management and Systems

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The School of Information (I School) offers a doctoral degree (PhD) program in Information Management and Systems and a professional Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) degree. 

The Doctoral Program

The doctoral program is a research-oriented program in which the student chooses specific fields of specialization, prepares sufficiently in the literature and the research of those fields to pass a qualifying examination, and completes original research culminating in the written dissertation. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate's grasp of a broad field of learning and distinguished accomplishment in that field through contribution of an original piece of research revealing high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis.

The Master's Program

The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program is a two-year full time program, designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as information professionals. Such professionals must be familiar with the theory and practice of storing, organizing, retrieving, and analyzing information in a variety of settings in business, the public sector, and the academic world. Technical expertise alone is not sufficient for success; I School graduates will be expected to perform and manage a multiplicity of information related tasks.

Graduates of the MIMS program will be able to:

  • Identify and address user and stakeholder information and resource needs in context.
  • Make and assess information design decisions iteratively.
  • Intentionally organize collections of information and other resources to support human and/or machine-based interactions and services.
  • Understand and apply foundational principles and debates of information law, policy, and ethics.
  • Analyze complex relationships and practical choices at the intersection of technical design, policy frameworks, and ethics.
  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and debates of information economics.
  • Understand and apply architectural, computational, and algorithmic thinking and principles of concurrency to the design of information systems.
  • Scope, plan, and manage open-ended projects, both individually and in teams.
  • Present findings and conclusions persuasively.

Such a profession is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring aspects of computer science, cognitive science, psychology, sociology, economics, business, law, library/information studies, and communications.

The I School also offers a master's in Information and Data Science (MIDS).

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Admission to the University 

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  3. If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates, but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

The Graduate Division will admit students for a second doctoral degree only if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants with doctoral degrees may be admitted for an additional doctoral degree only if that degree program is in a general area of knowledge distinctly different from the field in which they earned their original degree. For example, a physics PhD could be admitted to a doctoral degree program in music or history; however, a student with a doctoral degree in mathematics would not be permitted to add a PhD in statistics.
  2. Applicants who hold the PhD degree may be admitted to a professional doctorate or professional master’s degree program if there is no duplication of training involved.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. If the applicant is admitted, then official transcripts of all college-level work will be required. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) attended. If you have attended Berkeley, upload your unofficial transcript with your application for the departmental initial review. If you are admitted, an official transcript with evidence of degree conferral will not be required.
  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, not the Graduate Division.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants from countries or political entities in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:
    • courses in English as a Second Language,
    • courses conducted in a language other than English,
    • courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and
    • courses of a non-academic nature.

If applicants have previously been denied admission to Berkeley on the basis of their English language proficiency, they must submit new test scores that meet the current minimum from one of the standardized tests.

Where to Apply

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page

Admission to the MIMS Program

The I School’s Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program welcomes students from a diverse set of backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanities and social sciences. Our goal each year is to bring in a talented class of students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Applications are evaluated holistically on a combination of grade point average, GRE score, work experience, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. As much as possible, applicants are judged on a combination of these factors. A minimum of two years of job experience is preferred, although not required. All successful applicants must have statements of purpose that demonstrate goals and interests consistent with the mission of the I School.

To be eligible to apply to the Master of Information Management and Systems program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Admission to the PhD Program

We welcome students from a diverse set of backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanites and social sciences.

The I School accepts only 3-5 PhD students each year from more than 80 applications. Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty.

Applicants are judged on a number of factors. Good scores and a high GPA are necessary, but not sufficient. The deciding factor is the ability to demonstrate a research record and agenda that fit well with specific I School faculty. In a small, interdisciplinary program, it is important that applicants clearly indicate in their statement of purpose which faculty member(s) they are interested in researching with, and why.

To be eligible to apply to the PhD in Information Management and Systems program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

  • Superior scholastic record, normally well above a 3.0 GPA.

  • Clear indication of appropriate research goals, described in the Statement of Purpose.

  • Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • For applicants whose academic work has been in a language other than English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

To Apply

For further information and application instructions, please visit the School of Information Application Instructions page.


Doctoral Degree Requirements

Program Design

The School of Information is an interdisciplinary school examining the design, organization, and management of information and information systems. The School of Information draws on the expertise not only of its own faculty but of the full Berkeley campus. We encourage students to take full advantage of being at this world-class University and not feel bound by disciplinary boundaries.

The PhD degree program at the School of Information is a research program. Each student is expected to work with his or her adviser to ensure that the program of study includes:

  • A thorough understanding of research methods and research design.
  • The ability to review current research critically.
  • The ability to understand emerging trends from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

Expected PhD Timeline:

  • Semester 1: Identify a faculty adviser
  • Semesters 1–4: Complete breadth courses; complete major and minor requirements
  • Semester 4: Complete the preliminary research paper
  • Semester 5: Complete preliminary exam
  • Semester 6–8: Complete qualifying exam; advance to candidacy
  • Four semesters after qualifying exam: Complete dissertation and give presentation

Please refer to the School of Information website for more information.

Master's Degree Requirements (MIMS)

Unit Requirements

The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program requires at least 48 semester units of study. The first year of the program consists mostly of a core curriculum; the second year involves further study in core areas along with additional electives, with the expectation that the student will specialize in particular aspects of information management and systems, as well as complete a final project requirement.


Required Courses
INFO 202Information Organization and Retrieval4
INFO 203Social Issues of Information4
INFO 205Information Law and Policy3
Technology Requirement
INFO 206Software Prototyping for Data Science and Information Management (Students with substantial technical backgrounds can waive 206 by exam.)4
Elective: Additional two- or three-unit course, taken from an approved list of technology courses2-3
Management Requirement
Elective: Two- or three-unit course, taken from an approved list of management courses.2-3
Further courses to satisfy the 48 unit requirement may be chosen from the school's course catalog; up to 10 units of the 48 may be used from courses in other departments, with approval from student's faculty adviser.25+
Final Project
INFO 298ADirected Group Work on Final Project2

Internship Participation

During the summer between the two years, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship program in order to use their newly acquired skills in real-world settings. Assistance in arranging internships will be provided whenever possible, but the ultimate responsibility of obtaining the internship will be that of the student. Past internships have been in corporate, academic, government, and nonprofit institutions.

Please refer to the School of Information website for more information.


INFO 202 Information Organization and Retrieval 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course introduces the intellectual foundations of information organization and retrieval: conceptual modeling, semantic representation, vocabulary and metadata design, classification, and standardization, as well as information retrieval practices, technology, and applications, including computational processes for analyzing information in both textual and non-textual formats.

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INFO 203 Social Issues of Information 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The relationship between information and information systems, technology, practices, and artifacts on how people organize their work, interact, and understand experience. Individual, group, organizational, and societal issues in information production and use, information systems design and management, and information and communication technologies. Social science research methods for understanding information issues.

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INFO 205 Information Law and Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Law is one of a number of policies that mediates the tension between free flow and restrictions on the flow of information. This course introduces students to copyright and other forms of legal protection for databases, licensing of information, consumer protection, liability for insecure systems and defective information, privacy, and national and international information policy.

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INFO 206 Software Prototyping for Data Science and Information Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course introduces software skills used in building prototype scripts for applications in data science and information management. The course gives an overview of procedural programming, object-oriented programming, and functional programming techniques in the Python scripting language, together with an overview of fundamental data structures, associated algorithms, and asymptotic performance analysis. Students will watch a set of instructional
videos covering material and will have four hours of laboratory-style course contact each week.
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INFO 209 Foundation Skills for Technology Professionals 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
As information becomes increasingly strategic for all organizations, technology professionals must also develop the core business skills required to build personal brand, expand influence, build high-quality relationships, and deliver on critical enterprise projects. Using a combination of business and academic readings, case discussions and guest speakers, this course will explore a series of critical business topics that apply to both start-up
and Fortune 500 enterprises. Subjects include: communication and presentation skills, software and product development methodologies, negotiation skills, employee engagement, organizational structures and career paths, successful interviewing, and CV preparation.
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INFO 212 Information in Society 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The role of information and information technology in organizations and society. Topics include societal needs and demands, sociology of knowledge and science, diffusion of knowledge and technology, information seeking and use, information and culture, and technology and culture.

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INFO 213 User Interface Design and Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
User interface design and human-computer interaction. Examination of alternative design. Tools and methods for design and development. Human computer interaction. Methods for measuring and evaluating interface quality.

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INFO 214 Needs and Usability Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Concepts and methods of needs and usability assessment. Understanding users' needs and practices and translating them into design decisions. Topics include methods of identifying and describing user needs and requirements; user-centered design; user and task analysis; contextual design; heuristic evaluation; surveys, interviews, and focus groups; usability testing; naturalistic/ethnographic methods; managing usability in organizations; and
universal usability.
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INFO 216 Computer-Mediated Communication 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course covers the practical and theoretical issues associated with computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems (e.g., email, newsgroups, wikis, online games, etc.). We will focus on the analysis of CMC practices, the relationship between technology and behavior, and the design and implementation issues associated with constructing CMC systems. This course primarily takes a social scientific approach (including research from social psychology
, economics, sociology, and communication).
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INFO 218 Concepts of Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
As it's generally used, "information" is a collection of notions, rather than a single coherent concept. In this course, we'll examine conceptions of information based in information theory, philosophy, social science, economics, and history. Issues include: How compatible are these conceptions; can we talk about "information" in the abstract? What work do these various notions play in discussions of literacy, intellectual
property, advertising, and the political process? And where does this leave "information studies" and "the information society"?
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INFO 221 Information Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
An examination of the nature of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental information policy. The appropriate role of the government in production and dissemination of information, the tension between privacy and freedom of access to information. Issues of potential conflicts in values and priorities in information policy.

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INFO 225 Managing in Information-Intensive Companies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course focuses on managing people in information-intensive firms and industries, such as information technology industries. Topics include managing knowledge workers; managing teams (including virtual ones); collaborating across disparate units, giving and receiving feedback; managing the innovation process (including in eco-systems); managing through networks; and managing when using communication tools (e.g., tele-presence). The course relies
heavily on cases as a pedagogical form.
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INFO 228 Information Systems and Service Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
Using a mix of theory and case studies, the course provides students with different backgrounds a unifying view of the design life cycle, making them more effective and versatile designers.

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INFO 231 Economics of Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
The measurement and analysis of the role information plays in the economy and of the resources devoted to production, distribution, and consumption of information. Economic analysis of the information industry. Macroeconomics of information.

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INFO 232 Applied Behavioral Economics for Information Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
"Behavioral Economics" is one important perspective on how information impacts human behavior. The goal of this class is to deploy a few important theories about the relationship between information and behavior, into practical settings — emphasizing the design of experiments that can now be incorporated into many 'applications' in day-to-day life. Truly 'smart systems' will have built into them precise, testable propositions about how
human behavior can be modified by what the systems tell us and do for us. So let's design these experiments into our systems from the ground up! This class develops a theoretically informed, practical point of view on how to do that more effectively and with greater impact.

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INFO 234 Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Application of economic tools and principles, including game theory, industrial organization, information economics, and behavioral economics, to analyze business strategies and public policy issues surrounding information technologies and IT industries. Topics include: economics of information; economics of information goods, services, and platforms; strategic pricing; strategic complements and substitutes; competition models; network industry
structure and telecommunications regulation; search and the "long tail"; network cascades and social epidemics; network formation and network structure; peer production and crowdsourcing; interdependent security and privacy.
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INFO 235 Cyberlaw 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Introduction to legal issues in information management, antitrust, contract management, international law including intellectual property, trans-border data flow, privacy, libel, and constitutional rights.

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INFO 237 Intellectual Property Law for the Information Industries 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The philosophical, legal, historical, and economic analysis of the need for and uses of laws protecting intellectual property. Topics include types of intellectual property (copyright, patent, trade secrecy), the interaction between law and technology, various approaches (including compulsory licensing), and the relationship between intellectual property and compatibility standards.

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INFO 239 Technology and Delegation 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The introduction of technology increasingly delegates responsibility to technical actors, often reducing traditional forms of transparency and challenging traditional methods for accountability. This course explores the interaction between technical design and values including: privacy, accessibility, fairness, and freedom of expression. We will draw on literature from design, science and technology studies, computer science, law, and ethics, as well as primary
sources in policy, standards and source code. We will investigate approaches to identifying the value implications of technical designs and use methods and tools for intentionally building in values at the outset.
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INFO 240 Principles of Information Retrieval 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Theories and methods for searching and retrieval of text and bibliographic information. Analysis of relevance, utility. Statistical and linguistic methods for automatic indexing and classification. Boolean and probabilistic approaches to indexing, query formulation, and output ranking. Filtering methods. Measures of retrieval effectiveness and retrieval experimentation methodology.

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INFO 242 XML Foundations 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The Extensible Markup Language (XML), with its ability to define formal structural and semantic definitions for metadata and information models, is the key enabling technology for information services and document-centric business models that use the Internet and its family of protocols. This course introduces XML syntax, transformations, schema languages and the querying of XML databases. It balances conceptual topics with practical skills for
designing, implementing, and handling conceptual models as XML schemas.
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INFO 245 Organization of Information in Collections 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
Standards and practices for organization and description of bibliographic, textual, and non-textual collections. Design, selection, maintenance, and evaluation of cataloging, classification, indexing, and thesaurus systems for specific settings. Codes, formats, and standards for representation and transfer of data.

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INFO 246 Multimedia Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2008
Concepts and methods of design, management, creation, and evaluation of multimedia information systems. Theory and practice of digital media production, reception, organization, retrieval, and reuse. Review of applicable digital technology with special emphasis on digital video. Course will involve group projects in the design and development of digital media systems and applications.

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INFO 247 Information Visualization and Presentation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The design and presentation of digital information. Use of graphics, animation, sound, visualization software, and hypermedia in presenting information to the user. Methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis. Incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces. Course must be completed for a letter grade to fulfill degree requirements.

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INFO 250 Computer-Based Communications Systems and Networks 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Communications concepts, network architectures, data communication software and hardware, networks (e.g., LAN, wide), network protocols (e.g., TCP/IP), network management, distributed information systems. Policy and management implications of the technology.

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INFO 252 Mobile Application Design and Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011
This course looks at the quickly developing landscape of mobile applications. It focuses on Web-based mobile applications, and thus covers issues of Web service design (RESTful service design), mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, Symbian/S60, WebOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, BREW, JavaME/JavaFX, Flash Light), and the specific constraints and requirements of user interface design for limited devices. The course combines a conceptual overview, design issues, and
practical development issues.
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INFO 253 Web Architecture 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is a survey of Web technologies, ranging from the basic technologies underlying the Web (URI, HTTP, HTML) to more advanced technologies being used in the the context of Web engineering--for example, structured data formats and Web programming frameworks. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the technical issues surrounding the Web today, and to provide a solid and comprehensive perspective of the Web's constantly evolving
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INFO 254 Data Mining and Analytics 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course introduces students to practical fundamentals of data mining and machine learning with just enough theory to aid intuition building. The course is project-oriented, with a project beginning in class every week and to be completed outside of class by the following week, or two weeks for longer assignments. The in-class portion of the project is meant to be collaborative, with the instructor working closely with groups to understand the learning objectives
and help them work through any logistics that may be slowing them down. Weekly lectures introduce the concepts and algorithms which will be used in the upcoming project. Students leave the class with hands-on data mining and data engineering skills they can confidently apply.
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INFO 256 Applied Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course examines the state-of-the-art in applied Natural Language Processing (also known as content analysis and language engineering), with an emphasis on how well existing algorithms perform and how they can be used (or not) in applications. Topics include part-of-speech tagging, shallow parsing, text classification, information extraction, incorporation of lexicons and ontologies into text analysis, and question answering. Students will
apply and extend existing software tools to text-processing problems.
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INFO 257 Database Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to relational, hierarchical, network, and object-oriented database management systems. Database design concepts, query languages for database applications (such as SQL), concurrency control, recovery techniques, database security. Issues in the management of databases. Use of report writers, application generators, high-level interface generators.

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INFO 259 Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course introduces students to natural language processing and exposes them to the variety of methods available for reasoning about text in computational systems. NLP is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on both linguistics and computer science, and helps drive much contemporary work in text analysis (as used in computational social science, the digital humanities, and computational journalism). We will focus on major algorithms used in NLP for various applications
(part-of-speech tagging, parsing, coreference resolution, machine translation) and on the linguistic phenomena those algorithms attempt to model. Students will implement algorithms and create linguistically annotated data on which those algorithms depend.
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INFO C262 Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course explores the theory and practice of Tangible User Interfaces, a new approach to Human Computer Interaction that focuses on the physical interaction with computational media. The topics covered in the course include theoretical framework, design examples, enabling technologies, and evaluation of Tangible User Interfaces. Students will design and develop experimental Tangible User Interfaces using physical computing prototyping tools
and write a final project report.
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INFO C263 Technologies for Creativity and Learning 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014
How does the design of new educational technology change the way people learn and think? How do we design systems that reflect our understanding of how we learn? This course explores issues on designing and evaluating technologies that support creativity and learning. The class will cover theories of creativity and learning, implications for design, as well as a survey of new educational technologies such as works in computer supported collaborative learning
, digital manipulatives, and immersive learning environments.

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INFO C265 Interface Aesthetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will cover new interface metaphors beyond desktops (e.g., for mobile devices, computationally enhanced environments, tangible user interfaces) but will also cover visual design basics (e.g., color, layout, typography, iconography) so that we have systematic and critical understanding of aesthetically engaging interfaces. Students will get a hands-on learning experience on these topics through course projects, design critiques
, and discussions, in addition to lectures and readings.
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INFO 271B Quantitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to many different types of quantitative research methods, with an emphasis on linking quantitative statistical techniques to real-world research methods. Introductory and intermediate topics include: defining research problems, theory testing, casual inference, probability, and univariate statistics. Research design and methodology topics include: primary/secondary survey data analysis, experimental designs, and coding qualitative
data for quantitative analysis.
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INFO 272 Qualitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Theory and practice of naturalistic inquiry. Grounded theory. Ethnographic methods including interviews, focus groups, naturalistic observation. Case studies. Analysis of qualitative data. Issues of validity and generalizability in qualitative research.

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INFO 283 Information and Communications Technology for Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This seminar reviews current literature and debates regarding Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD). This is an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented field that draws on insights from economics, sociology, engineering, computer science, management, public health, etc.

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INFO 287 Information and Communications Technologies for Social Enterprise 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
This class is focused on the creation of sustainable enterprises based on ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) innovations supporting international development. We take a broad view of entrepreneurship--including starting new businesses, non-profit initiatives, and/or public sector projects. We will take a highly iterative, design-oriented, feedback-driven approach to developing and refining business plans for social enterprises.

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INFO 290 Special Topics in Information 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section, year to year.

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INFO 290A Special Topics in Information 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014

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INFO 290M Special Topics in Management 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section and year to year.

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INFO 290MA Effective Project Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
It takes critical thinking, outstanding leadership, and a little magic to be a successful project manager. Come and learn not only the essential building blocks of project management, but the tricks to managing a variety of complex projects. We will have a combination of interactive lectures, guest speakers, and case studies discussions to cover globally recognized standards, best practices, and tools that successful project managers use.

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INFO 290T Special Topics in Technology 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section and year to year.

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INFO 290TA Information Organization Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Students will build tools to explore and apply theories of information organization and retrieval. Students will implement various concepts covered in the concurrent 202 course through small projects on topics like controlled vocabularies, the semantic web, and corpus analysis. We will also experiment with topics suggested by students during the course. Students will develop skills in rapid prototyping of web-based projects using Python, XML
, and jQuery.
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INFO 293 Curricular Practical Training for International Students 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This is a zero-unit independent study course for international students doing internships under the Curricular Practical Training program. The course will be individually supervised and must be approved by the head graduate adviser.

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INFO 295 Doctoral Colloquium 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Colloquia, discussion and readings designed to introduce students to the range of interests of the school.

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INFO 296A Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year.

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INFO 298 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group projects on special topics in information management and systems.

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INFO 298A Directed Group Work on Final Project 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The final project is designed to integrate the skills and concepts learned during the Information School Master's program and helps prepare students to compete in the job market. It provides experience in formulating and carrying out a sustained, coherent, and significant course of work resulting in a tangible work product; in project management, in presenting work in both written and oral form; and, when appropriate, in working in a multidisciplinary
team. Projects may take the form of research papers or professionally-oriented applied work.
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INFO 299 Individual Study 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study of topics in information management and systems under faculty supervision.

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INFO 375 Teaching Assistance Practicum 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Discussion, reading, preparation, and practical experience under faculty supervision in the teaching of specific topics within information management and systems. Does not count toward a degree.

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INFO 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D. degree.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


David Bamman, Assistant Professor.

+ Robert Berring, Professor. China, law, contracts, Chinese law.
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Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor.

Coye Cheshire, Associate Professor. Sociology, trust, social media, social psychology, social networks, collective action, social exchange, information exchange, social incentives, reputation, internet research, online research, online dating, online behavior.
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John Chuang, Professor. Computer networking, computer security, economic incentives, ICTD.
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Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor. Trademark, information, communities of practice.
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Robert J. Glushko, Adjunct Professor.

Morten Hansen, Professor.

Marti A. Hearst, Professor. Information retrieval, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, information visualization, web search, search user interfaces, empirical computational linguistics, natural language processing, text mining, social media.
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Ray Larson, Professor. Information Retrieval system design and evaluation, database management.
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Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor.

Geoffrey D. Nunberg, Adjunct Professor.

Zach Pardos, Assistant Professor. Education Data Science, Learning Analytics, Big Data in Education, data mining, Data Privacy and Ethics, Computational Psychometrics, Digital Learning Environments, Cognitive Modeling, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Formative Assessment, Learning Maps, machine learning.
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David H. Reiley, Adjunct Professor.

Kimiko Ryokai, Associate Professor.

Pamela Samuelson, Professor. Public policy, intellectual property law, new information technologies, traditional legal regimes, information management, copyright, software protection and cyberlaw.
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Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Doug Tygar, Professor. Privacy, technology policy, computer security, electronic commerce, software engineering, reliable systems, embedded systems, computer networks, cryptography, cryptology, authentication, ad hoc networks.
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Steven Weber, Professor. Political science, international security, international political economy, information science.
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Qiang Xiao, Adjunct Professor.


Brooks D. Ambrose, Lecturer.

Lefteris Anastasopoulos, Lecturer.

Olukayode Segun Ashaolu, Lecturer.

Kurt Beyer, Lecturer.

Dav Clark, Lecturer.

Steven Fadden, Lecturer.

Alexander Gilgur, Lecturer.

Benjamin T. Gimpert, Lecturer.

Nathaniel Stanley Good, Lecturer.

Annette Greiner, Lecturer.

Quentin R. Hardy, Lecturer.

Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Lecturer.

Todd Michael Holloway, Lecturer.

Douglas Alex Hughes, Lecturer.

Jez Humble, Lecturer.

Coco Krumme, Lecturer.

Arash Nourian, Lecturer.

Emmanouil Papangelis, Lecturer.

Daniel Percival, Lecturer.

Daniel Perry, Lecturer.

Elisabeth Prescott, Lecturer.

Dmitry Rekesh, Lecturer.

Blaine Gary Robbins, Lecturer.

Ali Sanaei, Lecturer.

Juanjie Joyce Shen, Lecturer.

David Steier, Lecturer.

Andreas Weigend, Lecturer.

Peter Frank Weis, Lecturer.

Jake Ryland Williams, Lecturer.

Scott Young, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Ramakrishna Akella, Visiting Professor.

Paul Laskowski, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus. Information management, information retrieval, metadata, library services.
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Michael D. Cooper, Professor Emeritus. Analysis, design, database management systems, implementation and evaluation of information systems, computer performance monitoring and evaluation, and library automation.
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William S. Cooper, Professor Emeritus.

M. E. Maron, Professor Emeritus.

Nancy A. Van House, Professor Emeritus. Digital libraries, science, information management, technology studies, knowledge communities, user needs, information tools, artifacts, participation of users.
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Director of Student Affairs

Siu Yung Wong

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Director of Admissions

Julia Sprague

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