Master of Archives and Records Administration


Master of Archives and Records Administration
42 Units

The Master of Archives and Records Administration degree program at the San José State University School of Information prepares students for careers in the rapidly expanding fields of records management, corporate archives and information governance.

Management and Leadership

MARA students are trained to be managerial-level leaders within their organizations and the profession. In addition to required course work on management and leadership, students develop their leadership skills through professional experiences, such as an internship or Organizational Consulting Project. They also receive a one-year paid membership to ASIS&T, NAGARA, or SAA, and have the opportunity to take on a number of roles in these organizations that allow them to develop their skills, deepen their connections to the field, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Advanced Technology

Students learn to use and critically appraise diverse technologies, from digital content management systems, trusted digital repositories, and data governance systems. They engage with cutting-edge technology and gain hands-on skills to use the technology from an archival perspective, with course work available on everything from AI ethics to digital forensics. Graduates of the MARA online degree program will be among the few information professionals specifically trained to manage the irreplaceable, yet highly vulnerable digital materials now produced by corporate, government, and nonprofit institutions.

“Before I started the program, I was expecting grad school to be the most challenging thing in the world and just for every class to be grueling… and in reality, it is a challenge but the professors are all intelligent and willing to help you and are really thorough. So there’s no need to be anxious or worried about succeeding because I feel like with the help available to me personally, it would be impossible for me to not succeed in this program.” – Sara Morrison, ‘23 MARA

Certification Preparation

The MARA program was designed to prepare graduates to take both the Certified Records Manager examination administered by the Institute of Certified Records Managers and the Certified Archivist examination administered by the Academy of Certified Archivists. Read more about the MARA curriculum.

Coursera Career Academy

Students enrolled in the MARA program have the option to elevate their learning and career opportunities by taking not-for-credit online courses and earning micro-credentials and certificates from leading companies like Meta, IBM, and Salesforce. The Coursera Career Academy curriculum is available to MARA students for free. 

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Which degree is right for you?

1. If you are interested in immersing yourself in a degree program that prepares you to manage organizational information, regardless of storage medium, in a manner that improves efficiency and productivity, ensures regulatory compliance, safeguards vital information, supports management decision making, and preserves corporate memory and collective memory, the MARA degree is right for your career goals.


5 Benefits of Our School’s Fully Online Delivery Model

1. Course work and instruction are designed for online learning. Our instructors are experts in online teaching and only teach online courses.

2. Technology is at the forefront of everything we do, with dedicated resources to support adoption of new technologies that advance our online learning environment.