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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach

Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies is an 18-credit hour program designed for individuals who need, or want, archival training, but for whom the full degree program is not a necessity. Employees of a museum, historic site, or business may benefit from the certificate, as may history students who desire to compliment their undergraduate or graduate degree. Individuals who must organize church or family records will also benefit from the certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies can be completed entirely online or can be completed through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Program of Study

The program of study consists of archival studies core courses, and guided electives.

AVST 5310** Archives History, Theory, and Current Issues 3
AVST 5311** Archives Principles and Practices 3
AVST 5312** Archives Conservation 3
  Total Required Archival Studies Core Credits 9
Students must take 3 courses from the list below OR select two courses from the list and one other course not on the list, with approval of the MALS director:
AVST 5320** Principles and Practices of Records Management 3
AVST 5570*** Archives Practicum 3
HIST 5950 Introduction to Historical Research 3
MCOM 5037 Communications Law 3
MCOM 5030** Media and the First Amendment 3
MEDA 5000** History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational Technology 3
MEDA 5720** Organization of Library Media 3
MEDA 5850** Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet 3
PMGT 5100* Introduction to Public Administration 3
PMGT 5140# Public Organization Theory 3
PMGT 5160# Public Budget & Finance 3
  Total Directed Electives Credits 9
  Total Credits for Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies 18
*Occasionally online

**Always online

***Online or on ground

# Streaming or on ground

No asterisk:  on ground only

 Admission Requirements
1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5.

3. Three letters of recommendation.

4. An admissions interview. 

    Note:  for out of state students pursuing the program entirely online, phone or online interviews are substituted f              or an in-person interview.

For additional information contact the MALS Program Director, Dr. Marie Tedesco, at or (423) 439-4223

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