MS-IS in Archival Studies and Imaging Technology

NOTE: Students who first enrolled in the program in the Spring 2022 semester and beyond should visit the following page for the most recent Archival Studies concentration degree plan.

This concentration is intended to prepare graduates to work with archives and records management as well as imaging technology, from production and organization, to copyright and network design. The program includes the production archival and preservation of records, photographs, digital images, digital information databases, medical records, etc. It equips students with important skill sets for current and future library and museum information professionals. In addition, the program prepares individuals to assume positions as experts in the broader markets of libraries, archives, and information centers. An integral part of the educational experience for the students enrolled in the program is the opportunity to work as interns at area museums, archives, and information centers.

Students enrolled in this concentration are required to complete the three master's program core courses, two major core courses, and at least four courses from the areas of study listed below.

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework of 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Completion of INFO 5090 - Practicum ( 3 credit hours) unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience. Visit the Practicum Page for practicum requirements and practicum waiver request information.
  3. Completion of the Capstone Experience.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all 3 core courses. 

Guided Electives (Information Science Major)

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5305 – Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 – Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5707 – Data Modeling for Information Professionals
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance
INFO 5960 – Computer Programming or Equivalent.  (*INFO 5960 courses vary by topic, so the course must have a topic of Computer Programming.)

Completion of at least four courses (12 hours) from the categories listed below with the guidance of the academic advisor. It is also required that each student completes at least one course from each of the following areas:

Digital Imaging and Records Management

INFO 5815 – Digital Imaging for Information Professionals
INFO 5230 – Document and Records Management

Information Technologies

INFO 5205 – Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 
INFO 5711 – Internet Applications, Services and Management for Information Professionals
INFO 5713 – Telecommunications for Information Professionals
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance

Preservation and Special Collections

INFO 5295 – Preservation
INFO 5290 – Special Collections and Archives
INFO 5450 – Rare Books

Archives and Museums

ARTE 5940 – Seminar in Art Museums
ARTE 5942 – Seminar in Art Museum Education I
ARTE 5945 – Seminar in Art Museum Education II
INF0 5371 – Archives and Manuscripts 
INFO 5240 – Archival Arrangement and Description (prerequisite INFO 5371)
INFO 5375 – Archival Appraisal (prerequisite INFO 5371)

General Electives

Additional three elective courses (9 credit hours) selected from the catalog or transferred from other programs with the approval of the academic advisor.


School Librarian Certification students should see the respective program pages for specific requirements, as their options differ from other programs.

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department.