MARA Student Experience


Student Experience — MARA

100% of survey respondents said they would recommend the MARA program.

We invite you to browse the statistics pulled from a recent exit survey of graduates who completed the Master of Archives and Records Administration program in December 2020. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=6 responses)

  • 100% said they would recommend our MARA program
  • The survey respondents described their overall educational experience as Very Good and Good.
  • According to survey respondents, the top three strengths of the MARA program are its online learning environment, flexibility and curriculum. “It offers the ability to continue education according to your own schedule,” commented a recent graduate.
  • Half of the survey respondents completed the MARA program in two and a half years. Did you know that you can complete the MARA program at your own pace, choosing the number of courses you want to take each semester? You have up to seven years to earn your graduate degree.
  • As an online school, we know the importance of timely technology help. When asked about our technology resource center and technology support, 100% of survey respondents who used the services were Very Satisfied with the technology support our school provides to students.
  • Advising and student support are top priority at our school. 100% of survey respondents sought help from their academic advisor and rated the course planning support they received as Very Good

“I would recommend the MARA program because the learning is based on material that can be applied in real time.” MARA Graduate

Our students also took advantage of a range of informal learning opportunities and activities that helped them expand their professional network and aid them with future job seeking. For example:

  • 100% of survey respondents were members of professional associations. Did you know we give new Master of Archives and Records Administration students a free one-year membership to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA), or the Society of American Archivists (SAA)? Learn more.
  • Extracurricular activities abound at our school. MARA students can expand their learning experiences by getting involved and participating in professional conferences, guest lectures, and the iSchool Student Research Journal. Did you know that we offer a MARA online lecture series that features guest presenters in the fields of archives, records and information governance? The MARA guest lectures were the most popular activity among survey respondents.

In addition, you’ll be in good company in our fully online master’s degree program. Here are some stats about our graduating MARA students as reported in the fall 2020 exit survey:

  • While earning their MARA degree, the survey respondents completed courses while living in California, New York and Virginia. Our MARA program is offered exclusively online, and there are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events.
  • Our online program allows students the flexibility to continue working while pursuing their MARA degree. Half of the survey respondents were both students at our school and full-time employees working in archives, business/industry and scientific research. Their job titles include research analyst and records manager. 
  • At the time of graduation, half of the survey respondents were younger than 36 years of age.
  • In this particular survey, 67% of the respondents were female.
  • 83% of the survey respondents chose White and 17% chose Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial for their ethnicity. 
  • Half of the survey respondents stated they were the first person in their family to obtain a master’s degree. Learn more about the First Generation Student Group

“You receive a very strong foundation of knowledge and skills for a career in archives and records management.” MARA Graduate


10 Reasons to Enroll in the MARA Program

1. The flexibility and convenience offered by the program’s fully online format will make it possible for you to live anywhere while you earn your MARA degree, and access course content at any time you choose.

2. You’ll receive instruction and mentoring from faculty members who are award-winning scholars and leaders in their academic and professional communities – and who live around the globe, bringing an international perspective on emerging trends in the field.