Oct 23, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Archives and Records Administration, MARA


The fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) degree program at the San Jose State University’s 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.

For more information: ischool.sjsu.edu.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Candidates must meet all university admissions requirements. Applicants who meet the following requirements beyond university requirements will be considered for classified admission into the School of Information:

  • A bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0 at the bachelor’s degree institution or in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
  • A general understanding of computers and technology. See Technology Literacy Requirements.
  • The School requires that all students have computer access from home. See Home Computing Requirements.
  • Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage of GAPE.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

The School of Information does not admit students on a conditional basis.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy

In order to achieve candidacy, students must meet the university requirements for candidacy. General university requirements for advancement to candidacy  for the MARA degree are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures  section. Candidacy includes the successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Students must complete and submit the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy after completion of nine units and by the posted deadlines for the semester in which they plan to graduate. For additional program requirements and submission instructions, refer to the MARA Candidacy Approval Form Information website.

Requirements for Graduation

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

Special Session Program Information

Academic Programs offered through Special Session are operated by the College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE). Registration and enrollment in a Special Session course or program must use the special session application form and will follow a special session fee and course schedules. Note that regular session students seeking to enroll simultaneously in a special session course or the program will trigger a separate and additional set of fees.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Master’s Requirements (42 units)


Culminating Experience (Plan B only) (3 units)


Total Units Required (42 units)


Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.