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Online Master of Library and Information Science with specialization in Archival Studies

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More than ever, library and information professionals are expected to perform at a high level of proficiency. LSU Online is equipping students in the Online Master of Library and Information Science with specialization in Archival Studies program to hone their practical skills in this knowledge-intensive field. Our online MLIS degree is a non-thesis program that offers a solid foundation in archival and information theory, information seeking and retrieval skills, information technology expertise, information organization, and digital curation. Additionally, all students in the Online MLIS program qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies. From anywhere in the world, students can enroll in this 100% online program that offers a blend of applied and theoretical knowledge, preparing students to succeed in a diverse range of information environments. Become a distinguished professional and start qualifying for new career pathways in archival studies and cultural heritage resource management.

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Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $485

Total cost with fees: $17,460

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

Course Listings

Core courses:

  • LIS 7000: Information & Society | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7004: Management of Information Organizations | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7008: Information Technologies and Systems | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7009: Understanding Research | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7010: Organization of Information | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7011: Information Behavior | Credit hours: 3

Complete 6 of the following electives:

  • LIS 7408: Introduction to Archival Theory, Principles & Practice | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7504: Preservation Management of Physical Records | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7505: Introduction to Digital Curation | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7702: Seminar in Archival Appraisal | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7703: Advanced Seminar in Archival Studies | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7704: Archival Arrangement & Description | Credit hours: 3
  • LIS 7909: Directed Independent Study | Credit hours: 3
Admission Requirements

All students must apply through and be admitted by the Graduate School. Students are admitted to the program six times a year. All application materials must be received by the application deadlines. 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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