Archives and Records Administration


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The fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) degree program at the San Jose State University School of Information prepares students for leadership positions in information governance and corporate archives.

With the convenient and fully online MARA program, students can live anywhere while they earn their graduate degrees. The master's program is delivered exclusively online via interactive online learning technology. The multimedia format enlivens the learning experience while introducing students to the same types of tools they'll use in their professional careers.

Program Features

  1. Specialized Learning
    The MARA curriculum is designed to provide students with a sound background in the theory and practice of archives and records and information management, and focuses on preparing future information governance leaders to solve increasingly complex management challenges.
  2. Digital Content Management
    MARA students learn to build and execute plans for preserving, managing, and providing access to growing amounts and expanding varieties of digital content – from audio and video, to social media and email, to proprietary information.
  3. Dual Focus
    The MARA program's dual focus on records management and archival coursework helps students expand their future career options. "With a MARA degree, I learn archives and records management, so I get the benefit of learning about all the stages of archiving,"" said MARA student Stormie Holguin. Read More

Your Career Opportunities

With a Master's Degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA) from the San Jose State University School of Information, you will be prepared for leadership positions in the fields of information governance and corporate archives.

Imagine an exciting career as a Digital Asset Manager, Risk Management Consultant, Technical Information Specialist, Archivist, Electronic Records Manager, or Information Governance Lead - just to name a few of the emerging career titles that could be on your business card.

Success Stories

Shortly before graduating in May 2013, alumnus Ryan Wadleigh got the promotion he'd been aiming for since deciding to earn his MARA degree. Wadleigh advanced his career from an intern in the King County, Washington, archives, to his new position as the County's records management specialist. Read More

You can read other stories about MARA alumni and students, and find out how they are using their degrees to advance their careers at

Applying to MARA

Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.

Admission Requirement:

  • A Bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • A general understanding of computers and technology
  • Access to a computer with Internet connection
  • International applicants must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based)

The School of Information at San Jose State University does not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or a resume.

For more information, please visit the MARA website.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit