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  • Post-Master’s Archival Studies Specialist Program


    The Post-Master’s Specialist Program in Archival Studies is designed for students who want to gain the skills necessary to work with archival records and papers in all formats. Graduates can work in archival settings, including government agencies, libraries, historical societies, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, museums, and religious institutions. Courses focus on developing collections, arranging and describing materials, and making them available. The courses may also be of interest to students planning careers in special, public, and digital librarianship.

    Applicants to the Post-Master’s Specialist Program must have a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, and have completed all prerequisites for individual courses within their area of specialization.

    Program Features

    • Courses are taught by faculty from the College’s MSLIS program, ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)
    • A flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
    • A highly interactive e-learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates
    • Students who complete the program will receive a credential entitled Archives Specialist

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0
    INFO 561Introduction to Archives II3.0
    INFO 750Archival Access Systems3.0
    Select two of the following courses:6.0
    INFO 751
    Archival Appraisal 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    INFO 756
    Digital Preservation 
    Total Credits15.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • An ALA-accredited master’s degree 
      • Prerequisites may be required for individual courses and fulfillment will be evaluated on a case by case basis

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose 
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.  
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Post-Master's Archival Studies Specialist Program

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