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Archival Studies (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies is designed to give students a solid grounding in the core knowledge of the archives and records management profession. The curriculum is structured around the guidelines for graduate programs set by the Society of American Archivists, ensuring that students will be competitive for jobs in a range of institutions possessing archival collections. 

For graduate students in other degree programs, the Certificate will provide an opportunity to learn more about archival practices as they affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record. In addition, the program will offer advanced continuing education opportunities to practitioners working in libraries and archives, especially on the challenges posed by the emerging of digital recordkeeping.

Student Outcomes
This program is built around the official guidelines of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for graduate archival studies programs, which call for a minimum of 18 credits as a foundation for archives and records management professionals. Upon graduation, students will have a thorough grounding in the core knowledge of the profession, focusing on the nature of records and the basic archival functions of records appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, access, outreach, and archives administration. Students will also gain essential contextual knowledge of the organizational, legal, and cultural factors shaping archival records as they are created and managed over time.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge.  At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.

We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Grace Ann Green
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Ann Green
Director of Graduate Studies
Bruce D Fulton
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited school/institution
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 3 years.
A Graduate College admission application and $85 fee payable via credit card if applying only to Archival Studies graduate certificate. The following material is requried:

  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of iArchival Studies. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential.  Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be emailed directly to School of Information ( from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate College or the Office of the Registrar.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Send admissions materials to:
    School of Information
    The University of Arizona
    Harvill Building, Room 409
    1103 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Items sent electronically should be directed to

  • If adding a certificate and you are a graduate, degree-seeking student, please apply online to the Graduate College. The application fee is waived.
Standardized Tests

No standarized tests required.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UA Online.  Please see the program webpage here and contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OFSA) for more information.

There are funding opportunities available through the School of Information, if completing both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a certificate program.  Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information and deadlines to apply.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall semester - April 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • Summer semester - April 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Certificate Requirements
The certificate is 18 credit hours. Twelve (12) credits are required courses and 6 credits are selected from approved electives.  Please see these below.

Required Courses [12 credits]:
LIS 504:  Foundations of Library and Information Services (3 units)
LIS 540:  Introduction to Archives (3 units)
LIS 640:  Advanced Archives (3 units)
LIS 671:  Introduction to Digital Collections (3 units)

Elective Courses [6 credits]:
LIS 530:  Cataloging and Metadata Management (3 units)
LIS 557:  Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities (3 units)
LIS 570:  Database Management and Development (3 units)
LIS 584:  Introduction to Copyright (3 units)
LIS 672:  Introduction to Applied Technology (3 units)
LIS 673:  Managing the Digital Information Environment (3 units)
LIS 674:  Preserving Digital Collections (3 units)
LIS 675:  Advanced Digital Collections (3 units)
LIS 693:  Internship (3 units)
LIS 699:  Independent Study (3 units)

Minor Requirements

No minor requirements for this program.

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Last revised 07 Oct 2016