Help preserve history

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, American Library Association
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 39
  • Estimated program cost: $18,074.55*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online archival studies MLIS degree can help you

As the only archives-focused program in Missouri, this online MLIS is unique and cutting-edge. With specialized curriculum designed to meet the requirements of the Society of American Archivists, the master’s program prepares students to provide long-term stewardship for archival materials in both analog and digital formats — from traditional paper records, photographs, audio recordings and moving images, to email messages, word processing documents and websites.

A graduate of the online archival studies MLIS will be prepared to:

  • Take the Academy of Certified Archivists examination, with pre-approved courses;
  • Establish archives and records programs facilitating access to community history and identity;
  • Maintain policies and practices for ethically responsible collecting and exhibition.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Library jobs requiring a master’s degree2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition, Librarians

2 National Center for O*NET Development. 25-4021.00. O*NET OnLine

Jobs for archival studies MLIS graduates may include

  • Archivist
  • Records manager
  • Collections manager
  • Film and video archivist
  • Digital preservation librarian
  • Photo archivist
  • Metadata librarian
  • Museum archivist
  • Library director
  • Access services librarian

Program structure and topics

You can complete this program entirely online. Occasional face-to-face courses and events may be offered. Most library and information science faculty are based in Columbia, MO with faculty in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Courses are semester-based, though some courses are in an eight-week format. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in three to four years. Students who attend full-time typically finish in two years.

Course work covers

  • Archival practice
  • Appraisal and archival systems
  • Data & records management

Meet our faculty

Jenny Bossaller, PhD

Associate Professor, Library and Information Science Program Chair

Areas of expertise:

  • Public library & social equity
  • Library history
  • Adults’ reading interests

Sarah Buchanan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise:

  • Libraries, archives and museums
  • Digital humanities
  • Museum archaeology
  • Archival studies
  • Records management
  • History of information

This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. SISLT is a proud member of the iSchools consortium, an international coalition of leading information schools.