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.

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Advanced Technology

Students learn to use sophisticated technologies to organize, preserve, and provide access to a growing volume of digital and analog assets. 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.

“Our MARA program gives students the opportunity to study both the active records and the inactive records in the archival component of our profession. It makes them much more skilled when they graduate.” – Dr. Lisa Daulby

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.

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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.


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.