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Master of Archival Studies


Contact Information

Clayton State University Master of Archival Studies College of Information & Mathematical Sciences Georgia Archives Building 5800 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260-0285

(678) 466-4427 (678) 466-4459 (fax)

Mr. Joshua Kitchens Director, Master of Archival Studies

Digital Documents

Clayton State University's Master of Archival Studies (MAS) is an exceptional program that prepares professionals for careers in government, businesses, and collecting archives.  The program emphasizes digital archives and electronic records.  Because the program concentrates on archives and records, it offers more in depth study than students would receive in a library, information science, or public history program.  Its innovative blend of traditional archival knowledge with information technology responds to the need for professionals who understand contemporary records and recordkeeping systems. 

Courses cover all aspects of the profession, including theoretical foundations, appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference services and access, preservation, outreach and advocacy, management, and professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities.  Technical courses explore the impact of technology so that students understand the context of digital information systems and have the skills to work with electronic records.

The program is entirely online, allowing students to attend from anywhere in the world.  Students attend weekly live, interactive Web lectures and participate in ongoing, online discussions with the instructor and other students. The program welcomes practicing archivists who want to take courses to keep their knowledge and skills current.

From Pages to Petabytes

Today, the majority of records are created in electronic formats.  Pen and paper have been replaced by computers.  Traditional formats and genres have digital equivalents; letters are now email and texts, diaries are blogs, and publications are websites.  The fundamental goals and activities of archives remain the same, but archivists must adapt traditional ways of working to the digital era and find new ways to accomplish those ends.  Working with electronic records poses significant challenges, but offers many opportunities for creativity and innovation.


Graduates of the Archival Studies Program will be successful digital archivists who are committed to curating comprehensive, trustworthy collections of records that merit long-term preservation. They will be well-grounded in theoretical knowledge and practical skills of archives. They will understand the impact of technology on the profession and will have the knowledge and skills to work with information technologists and to manage digital information. They will know how to work in a rapidly changing environment, finding innovative solutions to the challenges of digital archives.


The Master of Archival Studies Program at Clayton State University provides students with a broad education in archival theory and practice. Graduates will master the core archival functions, of appraisal and description, arrangement and description, reference and access, outreach, preservation, and management of records in all formats, especially digital formats, in accordance with best practices, law, and professional ethics.


  • Thinking systematically, holistically about the archival enterprise
  • Strategic planning and actively implementing tactics to achieve goals
  • Use of professional judgment in the practical application of theory and principles.


Through a combination of lecture, discussion, research and reports, and experiential labs and internships, graduates will be able to:

  • To explain the value and role of archives in government, business, and society, and to analyze the nature and use of records as evidence and cultural memory.
  • To appraise and acquire records in all formats by identifying and synthesizing a variety of approaches in order to build trustworthy collections that provide a comprehensive, accurate, and authentic understanding of the past.
  • To arrange, describe, and support discovery of archival materials by identifying and applying best practices and standards.
  • To provide reference service to diverse patrons by evaluating their information needs and recommending relevant records.
  • To preserve traditional and digital archival materials and to design a program to protect records.
  • To apply legal and ethical principles in order to protect privacy, intellectual property, and other interests associated with the collections.
  • To explain and demonstrate how technology has transformed the nature of records and archival practice.


Support for development and implementation of the Master of Archival Studies Program at Clayton State University was provided through Congressionally-directed grant awards P116Z080101 and P116Z090105. However, the curriculum and course content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or endorsement by the Federal Government.