MARA Student Experience


Student Experience — MARA

At the end of each semester, we survey our graduating students. The data gathered helps us to better understand their experiences while in the program.

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 May 2020. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=7 responses)

  • 100% said they would recommend our MARA program. A recent graduate commented, “It was relevant to my job and the larger archives/records world. I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”
  • According to survey respondents, the top three strengths of the MARA program are its online learning environment, flexibility and curriculum. A survey respondent explained, “It is flexible with your other commitments, such as family and work.”
  • 100% completed the MARA program within three 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, the majority of respondents used the services and were satisfied with the technology support our school provides to students.
  • We help students to become the best job candidate by offering career workshops, a dedicated career blog, job search tips and guidance, access to job listing sites, and one-on-one consultations with our expert career counselor. 100% of those who used the services were satisfied with our school’s career development resources
  • Advising and student support are top priority at our school. Only one survey respondent indicated they did not need any academic advising. The rest did interact with their academic advisor throughout their studies and rated the guidance and assistance they received as Very Good.

“Our professors are not only certified in the areas in which they teach, but they also have practical experience.” Dr. Patricia Franks

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:

  • 92% 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. 83% of the survey respondents expanded 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?

“I loved my professors, the work was exciting and engaging, I feel prepared.” — MARA Graduate

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 spring 2020 exit survey:

  • While earning their MARA degree, our students completed courses from across the U.S. They lived in California, Colorado, New York, Oregon, and Washington. 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. 86% were both students at our school and employees at government agencies, for example. 
  • At the time of graduation, the students were 50 years old or younger.
  • In this particular survey, all the respondents were female and chose White or Asian/Pacific Islander for their ethnicity. 
  • 86% of 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 learn how to work as a professional from people who are often working as professionals.” 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.


MARA Open House Sessions

Virtual open house sessions for the fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration degree program will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Details regarding how to join a live open house web conference will be emailed to you after you RSVP.

If these dates do not work for your schedule, please watch a recording of a past session. You may also contact Dr. Patricia Franks with any questions.