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Master of (MLIS)
Library and Information Studies, concentration in Archival Studies


Program Overview

With a Master of Library and Information Studies from The University of Alabama, you’ll be prepared for leadership in libraries and other information-focused environments.

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Preserve Historical Records for Future Generations

The concentration in Archival Studies complements the MLIS program by focusing on the theory and practice of working with archives. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for you to competently handle rare books, manuscripts, traditional records and digital media.

Live, interactive classes are 100% online and taught by the same renowned faculty who teach in our main campus program. The Archival Studies concentration offers a variety of electives, allowing students to tailor their coursework to their individual career and academic goals.

  • Application Priority DeadlineFeb. 1 for the fall cohort; Oct. 16 for the spring cohort
  • AccreditationAmerican Library Association (ALA)
  • Orientation RequiredYes


The MLIS program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of Archival Studies concentration coursework and the 9-hour C&IS elective requirement.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • LS 500 Information and Media
  • LS 501 Information in Communities
  • LS 513 Professional Paths

Concentration Requirements (18 hours)

  • LS 555 Introduction to Archival Studies (must be taken during first fall semester)
  • LS 556 Intellectual Foundations of Archival Theory and Practice
  • LS 557 Archival Appraisal
  • LS 558 Archival Representation, Access and Use
  • Approved archival studies electives (6 credit hours)
    • LS 535 Records Management
    • LS 562 Digital Libraries
    • LS 564 Programming for Digital Libraries
    • LS 565 Social Media and Informatics
    • LS 566 Metadata
    • LS 570 Internship
    • LS 581 Universal Design for Information Technologies
    • LS 582 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Library & Information Studies
    • LS 583 Social Aspects of Information
    • LS 590 Courses Applicable, advisor approved, special topics courses may be applied to the archival studies specialization
    • LS 598 Directed Research
    • CIS 656 Electronic and Contemporary Publishing

C&IS Elective Requirement (9 hours)

Students can choose between a variety of 500-600 level courses offered within the College of Communication and Information Sciences.


Applications are accepted year-round. If you are interested in the program, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All application materials must be received before the priority deadlines. Applicants will be reviewed if there is space available in the cohorts.

National online cohorts begin each fall or spring with priority deadlines for admission being February 1 (for Fall) and October 16 (for Spring). Newly admitted students are expected to attend a virtual orientation in August  for the fall cohort or in January for the spring cohort.

To be considered for admission, students should have a 3.0 GPA overall for the last 60 semester hours in an undergraduate degree program.


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