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Application Information

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

The program currently admits students for fall enrollment only. Completed applications received by 15 June will be given priority review. Applications received after that date may be accepted on a space-available basis. International students should submit applications by 1 May.

Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact Joshua Kitchens, Director of the Archival Studies Program.

To apply, a prospective student should submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, application for admission to the Master of Archival Studies, and a $50 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. These forms are submitted electronically using the online application, which is available on the School of Graduate Studies website.
  • An official copy of transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Admission to the Master of Archival Studies program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE institution code for Clayton State University is 5145. Students may petition to have the GRE waived based on advanced degrees or professional experience. Waived for summer and fall 2020 terms
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for international applicants are required for individuals who did not earn a baccalaureate degree from a United States institution and whose native language is not English. The minimum score on the written TOEFL is 550, 78 on the internet-based test, and 213 on the computer-based test. The TOEFL may be waived for an applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Three letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant's potential for success in a graduate academic program. Letters may be sent by email directly  Physical letters should be placed in sealed envelopes and contain the signature of the person writing the recommendation across the seal.
  • An application essay that responds to three questions: What is an archives?,  What does an archivist do?,  and What are your professional goals?  See instructions for more details.
  • Completion and submission of an immunization form indicating exemption as all courses are online.  MAS students do not have to provide immunization records.  For more information, please contact University Health Services at 678-466-4940.

Note: At this time, the program can accept students from most, but not all, states.  Please contact the program director to see if you are eligible.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who fails to meet one or more of the standards required for admission as a regular student may be eligible for provisional admission, if space in the program is available, for up to one semester under conditions specified at the time of admission. Provisional students are limited to 6 semester credit hours during their provisional semester. Failure to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average during the provisional semester will result in dismissal.

Non-Degree Students

Individuals with significant experience in archives who want to update their professional knowledge and skills may take specific courses without pursuing a degree. Non-degree candidates must be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and have the permission of the program director to enroll in a course.

All application materials should be e-mailed to:, which is the preferred method, or can be mailed to: Graduate Enrollment Services Clayton State University Suite 152 Edgewater Hall 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, Georgia 30260

For any graduate admission questions, please contact (678) 466-4113.