Archival Studies Program

Archival Studies emphasizes a symbiosis of theoretical and practical archival experiences. Those specialized in Archival Studies are qualified for careers in a wide variety of settings, including: archives, libraries, manuscript repositories, special collections, records management positions. private corporations, government agencies, and religious organizations.

Program FAQs

MLIS Concentration

Program Requirements

  • Students must take 15 credits of coursework in archives as electives within the overall MLIS program. 
  • The student’s concentration program must be approved by the Director of the Archival Studies Program. Submit the Declaration of Intent Form (above) for approval.
  • A minimum grade of “B” (3.00 grade points) is required in all SOIS courses applied toward the concentration.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits from an institution other than UWM may count toward the concentration, subject to Graduate School and SOIS transfer policies and procedures. UWM graduate coursework taken prior to admission to the current degree program is subject to standard transfer limits. Any transfer credits applied toward a concentration are part of the total transfer limit for that degree.
  • A student may not earn a concentration and a certificate based on identical coursework.
  • Online and onsite availability of electives vary each semester.

Required Courses

  • 650: An Introduction to Modern Archives Administration

Students must take 4 of the following courses

  • 655 Information and Records Management
  • 656 Electronic Document and Records Management
  • 750 Arrangement and Description in Archives
  • 752 Archival Outreach: Programs and Services
  • 753 Preserving Information Media
  • 759 Fieldwork in Archives and Manuscripts*
  • 850 Seminar in Modern Archives Administration
  • 891 Technology Issues in Archives (Advanced Topics)
  • 891 Appraisal and Collection Development for Archives and Manuscripts (Advanced Topics)
  • 999 Independent Research

Recommended Courses - do not count towards concentration

  • 714 Metadata
  • 682 Digital Libraries
  • 680 History of Books and Printing

* Fieldwork is highly recommended for the concentration. Fieldwork students must have completed 650 before arranging a fieldwork opportunity. A maximum of 3 credits of fieldwork may be included in the 15 credits of electives for the concentration (another 3 credits of fieldwork may count toward the MLIS, but not toward the concentration). Fieldwork is generally taken for 3 credits during any semester. To arrange a fieldwork, contact the program director. The program director must approve all fieldwork assignments (form.doc) (form.pdf).

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

The CAS candidate will complete 15 credits of course work, planned in conjunction with the Archival Studies Program Director as an individually designed program suited for the needs and professional objectives of the student.

  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies.
  • 650: Introduction to Modern Archives Administration is a required course and prerequisite for most CAS courses.
  • Up to 3 credits may be taken in another school or department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with the prior approval of the Archival Studies Program Director, in an approved area (Ex: Administrative Leadership, Anthropology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Curriculum and Instruction, Geography, History, Political Science, Urban Affairs, and Urban Planning).
  • No thesis is required, but students may obtain up to 6 credits in independent study which is included as a part of the total approved program.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained.
  • The program must be completed within three years from the date of admission.
  • Online and onsite availability of electives vary each semester.

Please visit the Program Requirements and Curriculum page for a full list of details

For admission information, please visit the Archives & Records Administration Admission Requirements page.


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Declaration of Intent

To pursue the Archival Studies Concentration students must fill out and submit the Declaration of Intent form.

Alt Spring Break Student


3 credits of fieldwork is highly recommended for the Archival Studies Concentration

Alternative Spring Break

A program that places students in archives during  spring break.

Funding & Aid

Funding aid & Scholarships

Funding opportunities awarded to students entering or enrolled in Archival Studies.

Archives - On the Job

Employment Advice

Each student should have or obtain job experience prior to the completion of their MLIS.


Research & Presentation Advice

Students are encouraged to use their class assignments as a way in which to explore an issue of importance to them that has the potential for further dissemination.


Professional Organizations

Joining professional archival organizations is a great way to network and participate in conferences.


Conference Information

2015 Archival Conference Information


SAA Student Chapter

Explore the activities of the SAA Student Chapter at UWM.

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