Archives and Records Management(ARM) Concentration

Completing the Master of Science in Library Science program with an Archives and Records Management (ARM) concentration will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of settings, including: archives, libraries, special collections, government agencies, and private corporations. The program examines theoretical principles in archival studies and emphasizes practical trainings in administrative works. Students who concentrate in archival studies will learn to use updated technologies to organize, preserve, and provide access to the growing data assets. The competencies developed in the program will enable ARM students to develop and administer an information service in a multicultural and technological society.

Milestones in ARM Concentration

Step One

Apply and gain admission to MSLS degree program.

Step Two

Once admitted, complete the Graduate Advising Program Plan (GAPP) Form – ARM Concentration and contact Dr. Suyu Lin, Program Coordinator at to plan your program.

Step Three

Complete a minimum of 15 credits on the Archives concentration courses.

Step Four

Complete a fieldwork with a focus on archives. Fieldwork may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits during any one semester as part of the required 15 elective credits for the concentration. A total of 3 credits of fieldwork are required. Fieldwork is generally complete later in a student’s program. Completion of the Introduction to Archives and Records Management is a prerequisite.

Required Courses
MSLS Foundational Courses (15 credits)
Foundation of Information Professions (3 cr)
Introduction to Reference Services (3 cr)
Organization of Information (3cr)
Research Methods in LIS (3 cr)
Information Technologies for Libraries and Information Agencies (3 cr)
ARM Concentration Courses (9 credits)
Introduction to Archives and Records Management (3 cr)
Practicum in Archives and Records Management (3 cr)
Thesis Project (2 cr)
Capstone (1 cr)
Electives Courses
Students must take 2 of the following courses (6 credits)
Description and Arrangement in Archives (3 cr)
Appraisal and Collection Development for Archives (3 cr)
Digitization and Digital Repositories (3 cr)
Electronic Records Management (3 cr)
Curatorship of Historical Collections (3 cr)
History of Archives, Libraries and Museums (3 cr)
Academic Library (3 cr)
Management and Organization of Libraries (3 cr)

Contact Information

9501 South King Drive Education Building 208
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773.995.2598
Fax: 773.821.2203