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Archival Studies

Graduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $900
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Program Details

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies presents exciting educational opportunities to practitioners working in libraries and archives, especially on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital record keeping. It provides a specialization in an area of growing interest within the library and information science field, and creates opportunities to learn more about archival practices as they affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and historical records.

The program gives students core knowledge they’ll need in archives-related professions. The curriculum is structured around the guidelines for graduate programs set by the Society of American Archivists, ensuring that students have a comprehensive understanding of professional archival standards that may not otherwise be acquired without an archives concentration in their graduate-level education.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The certificate includes 9-12 units from required courses and 3 units from an elective course. The required course include: 

LIS 504: Foundations of Library and Information Services
LIS 540: Introduction to Archives
LIS 640: Advanced Archives: Archival Appraisal and Description
LIS 671: Introduction to Digital Curation and Preservation