Master of Archival Studies (MAS)
The MAS program prepares professionals to exercise creativity, integrity and leadership in designing, implementing and promoting programs and systems for the creation, organization, management, preservation and effective use of records and archives.
Program content focuses on:
- Nature of records and archives
- The life-cycle of records from creation to preservation
- Records systems and archival systems
- Selection of records and their acquisition in archives
- Intellectual control of records and archives and provision of access
- Records, archives and the law
- Ethical and professional responsibilities
- History of record-keeping and archives
What makes the program unique?
In 1981 the Master of Archival Studies program was created at UBC making it the first graduate program in archival studies in North America.
Home to internationally recognized faculty for their research and contributions to the field of archival studies, the School offers students unique opportunities to engage in international research projects in this discipline.
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Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
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Date: Friday, 23 November 2018
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UBC iSchool Information Session for Prospective StudentsUBC iSchool, 1961 East Mall, Room 470, UBC Vancouver campus
Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Time: 17:30 to 19:00
Are you a prospective student interested in learning more about our programs? Our information session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our programs, course options, career pathways, outcomes, and the admissions process. The information session will also cover iSchool hands-on learning, or experiential learning opportunities, and introduce you to the iSchool student experience. Participants will get an informal tour of the school and have a chance to ask questions. The Educational Services Coordinator, who coordinates the admissions process, will be on hand to answer questions, as well as an alumnus of the MLIS program, and a faculty member. Applications for our September 2019 intake for all programs close January 15, 2019. If you have questions about our information sessions, please contact the UBC iSchool Educational Services Coordinator.
InterPARES Trust (https://interparestrust.org), a multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring issues concerning digital records and data entrusted to the Internet. Its goal is to generate theoretical and methodological frameworks to develop local, national and international policies, procedures, regulations, standards and legislation, in order to ensure public trust grounded on evidence of good governance, a strong digital economy, and a persistent digital memory. This project is directed by Dr. Luciana Duranti, Professor at the School.
See the School’s website for more research areas and opportunities: http://slais.ubc.ca/research/
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
September 2019 Intake
Application Open Date23 August 2018
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,669.62||$3,012.48|
|Tuition per year||$5,008.86||$9,037.44|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Bullard, Julia (Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), classification systems, metadata, values-in-design)
Duranti, Luciana (Personal archives, Writers' archives, Archival arrangement and description, History and evolution of archival theory, Online communities and archives, Archival representation)