Archives Programs


Choose a Master’s Degree to Match Your Career Goals

When it comes to archives and records management, one size definitely does not fit all. Today’s archivist may work in a traditional library with books and print media, at a museum with historical documents and cultural artifacts, at a high-tech corporation managing digital content—or virtually any place in the world doing some combination of all of those tasks.

That’s why the San José State University School of Information offers not just one but two Master’s Degree programs that focus on archives and records management. The Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs are 100% online and can be customized to fit your career goals.

Master of Archives and Records Administration

  • Pre-approved courses for Academy of Certified Archivists, Certified Records Analyst, and Certified Records Manager exams
  • May also take electives from MLIS course offerings

Choose a Master’s Degree to Match Your Career Goals

Master of Library and Information Science

Choose a Master’s Degree to Match Your Career Goals

No matter where you do archives, the SJSU iSchool is the best place to build the skills you need to advance your career. You’ll gain real-world experience, build your professional network, and learn from award-winning faculty who are experts in their field. 

Applications Now Being Accepted

  • No GRE or GMAT test required
  • Online application
  • Scholarships available

How to Apply: MARA
How to Apply: MLIS



Which degree is right for you?

1. Graduates of the MARA degree demonstrate their professional expertise by seeking individual certification from related professional associations. Each association has specific education and experience requirements that must be met, in addition to the requirement that the candidate pass a qualifying examination. Three of the most directly related certifications are: Certified Archivist (CA), Certified Records Manager (CRM), and Information Governance Professional (IGP).

2. The MARA degree is not accredited by the American Library Association because it contains no library-focused courses. If you want to work with archives and records within a library environment, then the MLIS degree is right for your career goals.