Archives & Records Management Specialization of the M.S.L.I.S. Degree Program

Completing the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with an Archives and Records Management (ARM) specialization 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 training in administrative work. Students who specialize 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.

The field experience (LIS 5970 Field Practicum) is integral to the successful completion of the Archives and Records Management specialization.  Students must complete a field experience with a focus on archives. A total of 3 credit hours of fieldwork are required. Fieldwork is generally completed later in a student’s program.

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science program at Chicago State University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Initial accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2026.

Course Sequence

MSLIS Required Courses (15 credit hours)
LIS 5050 Foundation of Information Professions 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5060  Organization of Information 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5090 Research Methods in LIS 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5080 Information Technologies for Libraries and Information Agencies 3 cred. hrs.
ARM Specialization Courses (6 credit hours)
LIS 5200 Archives and Records Administration 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5970 Field Practicum 3 cred. hrs.
ARM Elective Courses Students take 4 electives (12 credit hours); two electives may be taken outside LIS.
LIS 5210 Description and Arrangement in Archives 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5220 Electronic Records Management 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5240 Curatorship of Historical Collections 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5260 History of Recorded Information and Technologies 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5270 History of Archives, Libraries and Museums 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5300 Academic Library 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5390 Management and Organization of Libraries 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5590 Intro Info Visualization 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5650 UX and User-Centered Design 3 cred. hrs.
Other electives approved by advisor 3 cred hrs.
Concluding Courses (4-7 credit hours)
LIS 5980 Project Min. 3 credit hours
LIS 5990 MSLS Capstone Course 1 cred. hr.


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