M.S. in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies Specialization

Preserve valuable information and ensure it is accessible for years to come.

The process of archiving and long-term storage of information is in constant evolution. This specialization trains you to select, arrange, and preserve records of value to researchers.

As more institutions move toward digitizing their files, demand is growing for professionals with the skills to manage compatibility, security, and file preservation.

Career Outlook: Prepare and Preserve Assets Across Industries

When you complete this specialization, you are prepared to work in archives, special collections, historical societies, government agencies, businesses, and museums, among other environments. Overall, job opportunities for librarians are projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the national average for all occupations.

Career Spotlight: Archivist

As an archivist, you organize, catalog, and prepare all kinds of historical information, and ensure its safe storage and accessibility for those who need it. The average salary for archivists is $47,118, and you could earn up to $67,436.2


Curriculum: Prepare to Store Any Collection of Information

Through 36 credits of core and specialization coursework, you explore the methods and theory of archival sciences, including archival representation, knowledge management, and using technology to structure and organize information.

Students choose four of the following specialization courses:

  • LIS 238: Web Design for Libraries and Information Centers
  • LIS 249: Archives and Records Management
  • LIS 253: Oral History
  • LIS 257: Archival Representation
  • LIS 262: Project Management in Information Organizations
  • LIS 282: Knowledge Management in Information Organizations
  • LIS 302: Genealogical Sources and Services


Specialization Outcomes

  • Understand the relationship between users' needs and information-seeking behaviors.
  • Examine and adopt professional ethics and standards approved by the Society of American Archivists and other professional organizations.
  • Research and conceptualize archival management issues and questions.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences and user groups regarding methods of gathering information, archival history, and accessibility.
  • Discuss the role of cost, time, and quality management in the implementation of projects.
  • Apply information acquisition, storage, retrieval, and analysis within the context of any organization.

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Specialize in Archival Studies and become an integral part of the digitization of information with an online Master of Science in Library and Information Science from St. John's University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or request more information today!


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017). "Occupational Outlook Handbook: Librarians." Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm
  2. Payscale (2019 January). "Average Archivist Salary." Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Archivist/Salary.