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

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

Archival studies deals with appraisal, accession, arrangement, description, long-term preservation and providing authenticity and use of records. The profession specializes in the preservation of archival documents which are preserved and maintained for historical and regulatory purposes.

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, for-profit companies, museums, and a variety of other curatorial environments. Overall job opportunities for archivists are projected to grow to 12 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 “In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 929,900 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.”2

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 in May 2021 was $60,050.00.3

Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Prepare to Store Any Collection of Information

Through 36 credits of core and specialized coursework, you explore the methods and theory of archival management, 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: Introduction to Archival Principles and Practices
  • 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
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Specialization Outcomes

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M.S in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship

Become a qualified information specialist, helping students and researchers access the information they need, whether they attend a community college or conduct research in a university.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship

Serve patrons while managing relationships throughout your community. You learn to run a public library, including programming, collection development, outreach and advocacy, and user services for all ages.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Records Management

Work in Information Governance and help organizations manage and protect records and increase business efficiency.

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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
  2. Payscale (2019 January). “Average Archivist Salary.” Retrieved January 4, 2019, from