Master of Archival Studies

Clayton State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36
Per Credit Hour Cost $385.00
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Program Description

Clayton State University's Master of Archival Studies (MAS) is an exceptional program that prepares professionals for careers in records management in archives in business, government, private, and academic environments . The program emphasizes the management and preservation of electronic records. Because the program concentrates on records and archives, it offers more in-depth study than students would receive in a library, information science, or public history program. Its innovative blend of traditional practice knowledge with information technology responds to the need for professionals who understand contemporary records and record keeping systems.

Courses cover all aspects of the profession, including theoretical foundations, appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference services and access, preservation, outreach and advocacy, management, and professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities. Technical courses explore the impact of technology so that students understand the context of digital information systems and have the skills to work with electronic records.

The program is entirely online, allowing students to attend from anywhere in the world. Students attend weekly live, interactive online lectures and participate in ongoing, online discussions with the instructor and other students. The program welcomes practicing archivists who want to take courses to keep their knowledge and skills current.

Admissions Information

The program currently admits students for fall enrollment only. Completed applications received by 15 June will be given priority review. Applications received after that date may be accepted on a space-available basis. International students should submit applications by 1 May. To apply, a prospective student should submit the following:

A. Completed application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, application for admission to the Master of Archival Studies, and a $75 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and may not be applied to any other university fees should you be accepted. These forms are submitted electronically using the online application, which is available on the School of Graduate Studies website. B. Two (2) official copies of transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Admission to the Master of Archival Studies program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Please note: The School of Graduate Studies cannot be held responsible for delays that occur during the mailing process. C. Official Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE institution code for Clayton State University is 5145. Students who have successfully completed another master's program or relevant expirence may petition to have the GRE waived. D. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for international applicants are required for individuals who did not earn a baccalaureate degree from a United States institution and whose native language is not English. The minimum score on the written TOEFL is 550 and 213 on the computer-based test. The TOEFL may be waived for an applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. E. Three letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant's potential for success in a graduate academic program. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes and contain the signature of the person writing the recommendation across the seal. Please Note: When completing the online application for graduate admission, applicants will have the opportunity to send your recommenders an email so that they can submit your letter of recommendation electronically. Once submitted, an online application cannot be updated to enter your recommenders contact details. F. An application essay responding to three questions: What is an archive? What does an archivist do? What are your interests and goals in pursuing the Master of Archival Studies degree? G. Completion and submission of immunization form. For more information, please contact University Health Services at 678-466-4940.