MS-LS with concentration in Archival Studies

NOTE: Students who enrolled in the program prior to Spring 2022 should consult the following page for the degree requirements for the MS-LS with concentration in Archival Studies & Imaging Technology.

The Archival Studies concentration is intended to prepare graduates to work with archives and records management careers. 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.

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.

Degree Required Core 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.

Concentration Required Courses (12 credit hours)

INFO 5240 - Archival Arrangement and Description
INFO 5295 - Preservation
INFO 5371 - Archives and Manuscripts 
INFO 5375 - Archival Appraisal

Degree/Major Guided Electives (6 credit hours)

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

INFO 5080 -  Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5210 - Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
INFO 5223 - Metadata and Networked Information Organization/Retrieval
INFO 5300 - Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5400 - Information Resources Development

General Electives (9 credit hours)

Additional three elective courses (9 credit hours) selected from the following list or from outside with the approval of their academic advisor:

INFO 5224 - Metadata II
INFO 5230 - Records Management
INFO 5290 - Special Collections and Archives
INFO 5740 - Introduction to Digital Libraries
INFO 5815 - Topics in Digital Imaging for Information Professionals
INFO 5841 - Digital Curation Fundamentals
INFO 5842 - Digital Curation Tools and Applications
INFO 5843 - Preservation Planning and Implementation for Digital Curation

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

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained by contacting the College of Information (COI) Advising Team by email at  or by phone at 940-565-2445.