Students in the Master of Archival Studies program attend live, online lectures using video conferencing software. Similar to a face-to-face lecture, students watch the instructor’s presentations, which typically include live video, slides, and online demonstrations. Instructors encourage active participation, engaging the students with questions and discussions during class. Students frequently “take the stage” to present their insights and share their work.
Classes meet once a week and typically last between ninety minutes and two hours. Currently, classes are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) to accommodate students’ work schedules. Some courses may include additional, live student discussion groups.
Students can schedule appointments with instructors for assistance in virtual office hours, regardless of where the student is located. Screen sharing making it easy for the instructor to watch what a student is doing, guide students through projects, and help with writing and research. Faculty are often online early and often stay late to be available to students.
Students are not required to come to campus in Morrow, Georgia. However, they may be required to visit an archives in their area.
Students have access to an extraordinary library of online resources to support their studies. GALILEO is an online portal to authoritative resources not available through free search engines. Students can read the full text of scholarly articles in more than 10,000 journals, including American Archivist, Archival Science, Archivaria, and Archives and Records. GALILEO provides access to resources in other disciplines, such as law, business, education, medicine and health, and science and technology.
To participate in online courses, students must have a PC or Mac computer with at least a 2.4GHz. (A recent Intel or AMD processor should be sufficient, although tablets and netbook computers may not run required software.) Computers should have at least 4GB of RAM and 20GB of free hard drive space. Students must have a high-speed Internet connection (approximately 3Mbps), a headset with microphone, and a webcam. A second monitor is strongly recommended.
Note: At this time, the program cannot accept students in all states. Please contact the Director to confirm you can enroll. The University System of Georgia is negotiating agreements to allow residents in all states to enroll in the online MAS program.