Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies (MASLIS)

Overview

This program is an interdisciplinary, high-demand educational experience in which students complete two graduate degrees within an accelerated timeframe. MAS/LIS students gain rich expertise suited to hybrid library/archives environments and cultural institutions, giving them a competitive edge. 

For nearly 20 years this program has trained students in both the disciplines of archival and information studies through diverse coursework and learning opportunities. Upon completion students will receive two master’s degree certificates; one in Archival Studies and the other an ALA accredited Library and Information Studies degree.

What makes the program unique?

 

This program has strong connections to the local and provincial library community, offering opportunities for professional development, networking and job experience with more than 150 libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage organizations.

Our wide range of hands-on learning courses offer students the opportunity to put their theory into practice through internships, job shadowing, and paid co-op experience.

Within the school students also have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty on a wide range of research projects.

The school also offers one of the only programs in North America to focus on Indigenous issues in information management. The First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC) is designed to prepare information professionals to work effectively with, and within, Indigenous communities in support of ongoing developments in Aboriginal culture and languages, self-government, treaty negotiation and litigation. During their program of study, iSchool students are supported in gaining experience working in Indigenous-oriented information organizations.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies
Subject
Information Technology
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Archival Studies and Library Information Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
School
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

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Research Information

Research Highlights

Faculty at the UBC iSchool are internationally recognized for their research and contribution to the field of library, archival, and information studies.
Please visit the research page on our website to read more about the current projects faculty are involved in: http://slais.ubc.ca/research/current-research-projects/

Research Focus

First Nations Curriculum Concentrations; Data services; Librarianship; Community and culture; Information interaction and design; Information sources and services; Digital resource management; Information analysis and management; Archives and preservation; Records management; information policy

Program Components

Students at the iSchool benefit not only from close interactions with faculty members and fellow students, but also with practitioners from their chosen field. UBC iSchool offers students a suite of hands on learning courses including practicums, internships and professional experiences. These experiences range from hands-on work, project based or independent work, and job shadow type experiences. The school also participates in a paid co-op program for students, preparing them for careers in a variety of organizations and settings.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

No

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

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 Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019

Funding Sources

Every year, the iSchool awards more than 30 distinct prizes and scholarships to incoming, continuing and graduating Master’s students. These awards are in addition to bursaries and other funding from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

International students may be automatically eligible for an International Tuition Award valued at $3,200 per year.

Career Options

MAS/MLIS graduates are prepared to work in a variety of environments, including hybrid library/archives organizations, cultural centres, museums and cultural institutions. Graduates go on to careers as information managers, librarians, archivists, curators, records managers and more. Recent graduates have taken positions at organizations in BC, across Canada, and internationally.

An average of 85% of our graduates are employed within six months.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
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) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Research Supervisors

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.

  • Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad (Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic)
  • Bullard, Julia (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)
  • Freund, Luanne (information retrieval, human information interaction, open data)
  • Meyers, Eric (youth online behavior, information seeking, web search, libraries, public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, learning, virtual worlds, collaboration, social networks, new media, digital literacy, information literacy )
  • Nathan, Lisa (Information Ethics, Ethics of Care, Sustainability, Information Policy, Indigenous Information Initiatives, Value Sensitive Design, Design, Values in Design, Generative Justice)
  • O'Brien, Heather (user engagement, user experience, community engagement, information seeking and retrieval, information access, cognitive processes related to information searching and evaluation)
 

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

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