University of California, Berkeley School of Information

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University of California, Berkeley School of Information
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Established 1994[1]
Type Public Professional School
Dean AnnaLee Saxenian
Location Berkeley, California, U.S.

The UC Berkeley School of Information or the I School is a graduate school offering three degree programs: a professional master’s degree in information management (MIMS), a professional master’s degree in data science (MIDS), and an academic doctoral degree. Created in 1994, the I School is UC Berkeley's newest school. It was previously known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) until 2006.[2] Its roots trace back to UC Berkeley's School of Librarianship founded in the 1920s. The program is located in UC Berkeley's South Hall, near Sather Tower in the center of the UC Berkeley campus.


MIMS program

The Master of Information Management & Systems (MIMS) program is a 48 unit, two-year program designed to train students for careers as information professionals. Students who complete the program are awarded the Masters of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) degree. During the first year MIMS students take required courses in Information Organization and Retrieval,[3] Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure,[4] Social and Organizational Issues of Information,[5] and Information Law and Policy.[6] During the second year students may choose from elective courses both at the I School and in other departments. The final prerequisite for the MIMS degree is the completing of a group or individual thesis project.

MIDS program

The Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is an innovative part-time fully online program that trains data-savvy professionals and managers. Working with data at scale requires distinctive new skills and tools. The MIDS program is distinguished by its disciplinary breadth; unlike other programs that focus on advanced mathematics and modeling alone, the MIDS degree provides students insights from social science and policy research, as well as statistics, computer science and engineering.

Ph.D. 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 written and oral examinations, 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.


Notable alumni

Advisory Board

South Hall

The School of Information is located in historic South Hall. Built in 1873, it is the oldest building in the University of California system. South Hall is located in the heart of campus, near the Doe Library and the Campanile (also known as Sather Tower). It is known to have the smallest bear statue on the Berkeley campus[citation needed]. The small bear was added by Michael H. Casey, who did the ornamental castings for the restored facade in 1997.[7]


  1. UC Berkeley School of Information (2010). "About UC Berkeley School of Information". UC Berkeley School of Information. Retrieved May 22, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Helfland, Harvey (2001). The Campus Guides: University of California Berkeley. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 43. ISBN 1-56898-293-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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