History & Archives Management
Increasingly, archival employers have recognized that archivists require both technical skills and historical knowledge, and they seek applicants with master's degrees in both library and information science and history. In government jobs, an understanding of U.S. history and politics is particularly important. To meet the needs of students who are pursuing archival positions, Simmons's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and the College of Arts and Sciences history department offer a dual-degree program in history and archives management leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in History.
The 56-credit archives management/history dual-degree program includes required courses in library and information science, archives management, historical methods and research, and history. Students do internships at Boston institutions such as the Massachusetts State Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the John F. Kennedy Library, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and complete a thesis project based on archival research. Full-time students may complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. Applicants to this dual-degree option must be admitted to both programs.
Students should apply through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. To learn more, please visit the Graduate School for Library and Information Science site.