The rapid growth of digital collections and online services has led to a shortage of information professionals who possess the technical knowledge and learning skills needed to create, curate, preserve and manage digital collections in a fast-changing environment.
The Digital Curation graduate certificate program helps fill this gap by combining intensive, hands-on technology learning with a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles needed to curate and preserve large, complex digital collections. The program can be taken online, making it available to those currently employed or seeking new career opportunities in the information professions.
The curriculum takes a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to curating and preserving digital information and is designed to support a wide range of career paths, especially involving libraries, museums, archives, records management and data curation.
Graduate certificates are being recognized as a means for professionals with advanced degrees to update their knowledge and skills. DigIn also offers a path for those with undergraduate degrees who are interested in digital collections, but who may not yet be ready to commit to a full degree program.
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.
**The Masters of Information degree has undergone a name change effective Spring 2023. Interested future students should search for the Masters of Science in Information Science, with sub-plans in either Machine Learning or Human-Centered Computing**
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Arizona International Direct - Online
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.
All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 4 years.
If you are not a current student in the School of Information, Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program, please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply for certificate admission.
Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $90 application fee. As part of the online application, you are required to submit the following materials. Please do not email or mail these materials to the School of Information or Graduate College. These materials are inputted into your online application:
Please email official e-Transcripts to email@example.com directly from the institution or mail one (1) official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College). Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.
School of Information
The University of Arizona
1103 E 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
If you are a current student in the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program and meet the minimum requirements for this certificate, please submit the following:
Both the application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Coordinator for a decision. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions..
Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UAOnline. Please 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: https://ischool.arizona.edu/graduate-student-aid.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
12 units of the following core courses is required:
LIS 671: Digital Curation and Digital Preservation (3 Units)
LIS 672: Introduction to Applied Technology (3 Units)
LIS 673: Managing the Digital Information Environment (3 Units)
3 units chosen from the list below:
INFO 556: Text Retrieval and Web Search (3 Units)
INFO 570: Data Base Development and Management (3 Units)
INFO 580: Data Standards for the Semantic Web (3 Units)
INFO 675: Advanced Digital Collections (3 Units)
LIS 634: Data Management in Healthcare Systems (Cross-listed: NURS 634) (3 Units)
All coursework for Digital Curation is conducted online, with no residency requirement. The certificate consists of 5 semester-long graduate-level courses to be taken within 4 years. You can begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters each year. A total of 15 units is required for completion of the program (LIS 671, 672, 673, 676 and 1 elective).
Courses do not have to be taken in numerical order, although the Capstone is normally taken last.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.