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Notre Dame of Maryland Introduces Master’s in Knowledge Management

July 22, 2011

Responding regional demand for professionals skilled in the creation, enhancement and use of knowledge assets, Notre Dame of Maryland School of Arts and Sciences is launching a Master of Science in Knowledge Management. The program offers students the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary competencies in knowledge management technologies, quantitative processes and economic principles of change and risk management.

Knowledge Management is the systematic process by which organizations identify, collect, leverage and share intellectual assets, including electronic data and personal knowledge, to work smarter and foster innovation—by enhancing customer service; streamlining production; improving communication systems; creating cost efficiencies; promoting collaboration; or securing networks and data against threats. 

Notre Dame’s program was created in consultation with Baltimore-area business leaders who stressed the need for employees versed in change enhancement, data quality management, knowledge as an asset, and—in the words of one of the executives—the skill to “discover the undiscovered.” 

In Maryland, knowledge management professionals are in demand in fields as diverse as information technology; state, federal and local government; biotechnology; cybersecurity; national defense; finance; marketing; research; health care and education. Statewide, computer and mathematical occupations are expected to grow 25.6 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The need for highly skilled knowledge management workers will continue to increase as organizations must store, organize, analyze and secure increasing amounts of data. 

The Knowledge Management program is chaired by Associate Professor Barbara Mento, with classes taught by Drs. Kyongil Yoon, Alexandra Chaillou, Ademar Bechtold and Charlie Yoe. The 36-credit program includes courses in computer studies, math and economics. Classes will be offered in a cohort model convenient for working professionals: seven-week classes held one night a week, with two consecutive courses per semester. 

For information on fall 2011 registration, contact Barbara Mento, Program Coordinator, at bmento@ndm.edu or 410-532-5591. Or attend a First Thursday Information Session, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Fourier Hall, held the first Thursday of every month. 

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