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Online Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies

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Expand Your Opportunities In The Archival Profession.

Students pursuing careers as archivists and records managers need formal credentials to set themselves apart in an increasingly competitive job market. The Online Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST) at LSU Online provides students the core knowledge to advance in the archival studies field. With a curriculum structured around the Society of American Archivists Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies, students are well-equipped to compete for positions in a range of institutions possessing archival collections. The online CARST can be taken as a post-master’s certificate or as part of a student’s graduate degree. Students that complete the certificate program are eligible to take the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) Certification Exam for full or provisional certification.

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Total credit hours per program: 15 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $485

Total cost with fees: $7,275

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings

Core courses:

  • LIS 7408 Introduction to Archival Theory, Principles & Practice | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7704 Archival Arrangement & Description | Credit hours: 3

Complete one of the following:

  • LIS 7504 Preservation Management of Physical Records | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7505 Introduction to Digital Curation | Credit hours: 3

Complete two of the following electives:

  • LIS 7504 Preservation Management of Physical Records | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7505 Introduction to Digital Curation | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7604 Principles of Records Management | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7702 Seminar in Archival Appraisal | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7703 Advanced Seminar in Archives | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study | Credit hours: 3

Admission Requirements

Admission to the CARST program requires a previous graduate degree or students may be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. Students are admitted to the program six times a year.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline. All students must apply through and be admitted by the Graduate School. In addition to materials required by the Graduate School, the following materials are required for all students applying to SLIS:

  1. A resume that includes all undergraduate and graduate education (regardless of whether a degree was earned), continuing education, and relevant employment and volunteer experience.
  2. A Statement of Purpose of at least 1,000 words that answers these three questions:
    • Why do you want to earn a degree?
    • What are your career goals and objectives?
    • How will the degree help you to achieve these goals?

The Graduate School's criteria for unconditional and probationary admission are shown below.

Unconditional Admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 (“A”= 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and 3.0 on any graduate-level work. Only the graduate GPA will be considered for those who have earned a graduate degree.

Probationary Admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 2.75 (“A”= 4.0) on the final 64 hours (half degree requirement) of undergraduate work and 3.0 on any graduate-level work previously taken. Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.75 for the final 64 hours of undergraduate work must have completed a minimum of nine hours of graduate work with at least a 3.33 GPA for those courses in order to be considered for admission.
  3. Official GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing) no more than five years old of at least 300 composite and 3.5 writing. Other standardized graduate admissions exams will be considered (GMAT, MAT, LSAT, etc.).
  4. In your Statement of Purpose, you must also address the reasons for your lack of achievement as an undergraduate and the reasons you believe you would succeed in the program.

Career Opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Processing Archivist
  • Manuscript Curator
  • Records Analyst
  • Records Manager
  • Museum Librarian
  • Museum Registrar
  • Preservationist/Conservator
  • Antiquarian Book Specialist
  • Genealogical Researcher
  • Metadata Specialist
  • Digital Projects Researcher

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