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Master of Archival Studies Degree

Plan of Study

The Master of Archival Studies degree is awarded on completion of 48 credits of course work approved by the School and such non-credit courses and activities (field visits, etc.) as required. Following completion of the first Winter session a student may take up to 15 credit hours per term during the Winter Session without special permission, although the recommended course load is generally 12 credits per term. Few courses applicable to this program are offered during the Summer Session. The maximum number of credits that can be taken in a given Summer Session is 12. The minimum completion time is therefore normally two consecutive Winter Sessions. The program must begin in Term 1 of a Winter Session (that is, in September).

Degree Requirements

During the first Winter Session, students must take four required Core courses during the rist term of the program: ARST 510, ARST 515, ARST 516, and ARST 520.

In addition to the 12 credits of required Core courses, students must take 36 credits of elective courses, twelve of which may be the twelve-credit thesis. Students who opt to take the elective Internship course (ARST 595) should be prepared to spend much of the summer between the two Winter Sessions on the 12-week placement.

Students select the desired option and the elective courses in consultation with a Faculty Adviser. A student with research interests may elect to write a thesis. The decision to do so must be confirmed with the Faculty Adviser before the end of the term in which the student completes 24 credits of course work, after which a thesis advisory committee will be established and a supervisor assigned. The thesis will be prepared and examined according to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

MAS Core Courses

The program may only be started in September. During the first term the student will take four courses (ARST 510, ARST 515, ARST 516, and ARST 520), collectively known as the Core:

ARST 510: Archival Diplomatics (3)
ARST 515: Arrangement And Description Of Archival Documents (3)
ARST 516: Management of Current Records (3)
ARST 520: Selection And Acquisition Of Archival Documents (3)

MAS Elective Courses

In addition to the 12 credits of required courses, students must take 36 credits of elective courses, twelve of which may be the twelve-credit thesis. Students who opt to take the elective Internship course (ARST 595) should be prepared to spend much of the summer between the two Winter Sessions at it. Students select the desired option and the elective courses in consultation with a Faculty Adviser.

Pre and Co-requisites to ARST Courses

Specific pre or co-requisites for many of the ARST courses have been established and are given in the individual Course Descriptions. All established pre or co-requisites for ARST courses will be strictly adhered to except in extraordinary circumstances. In such cases the student must first discuss the rationale for an exemption with his or her Adviser and then must submit a written request for an exemption to the SLAIS Graduate Adviser. The decision on whether or not to grant such an exemption will be made by the Graduate Adviser [in consultation with other faculty as needed]. Typically requests for exemptions are not granted, so it is important that students work with their Advisers on the degree plan to minimize any problems that might occur.

Students from outside the MAS or Dual programs who wish to take courses for which they do not have the stated pre or co-requisites should request an exemption from the SLAIS Graduate Adviser. Students may obtain the necessary "Request for Exemption from a Prerequisite Course" form from the SLAIS website.

Part-time Study

During the first Fall/Winter session, students must take the four required Core courses. Following completion of the required Core courses it is possible to pursue the remainder of the program on a part-time basis.

However SLAIS programs are two-terms per year programs (fall and winter) with reduced course offerings during in the summer; SLAIS is not ideally structured to support part-time studies for students in the MAS program. Students should not rely on making up credits during the summer as course availability is not guaranteed and varies year to year. UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations require completion of master's degree requirements within five years of initial registration (see Duration of Study at http://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/policies-procedures/duration-program)

Students should consult their faculty adviser about the potential impact on their program before switching from a full course load to part-time during the first term.

Courses taken Outside the Program

Elective courses other than those designated ARST at this University may be applied to the program, whether taken at this or another institution; they may total no more than 12 of the required 48 credits. Permission to apply such a course for credit must be obtained in writing from the SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the student begins the course. Any such course must be at the 300-level or above (or the equivalent at another institution) and granting of permission will be based on the course's direct relevance to the individual's work in the MAS program. A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a master's degree.

Experiential Learning (Internship/Professional Experience/Co-op)

Field experience in an records office and/or archival repository is highly desirable for students, even those with experience in the work. This may be in the form of any of the following optional activities: the three-credit ARST 595 Internship, the three-credit ARST 596 or a SLAIS Co-op paid (and thus non-credit) work placement.

Participation in credit-bearing experiential learning activities should be discussed with the faculty adviser if necessary, and confirmed with the student services coordinator by the middle of the term preceding the one in which the student will register for this course so that a project, supervisor, and placement may be arranged. For information on the SLAIS Co-op program please go to the Co-op information page. Please note that while on a co-op placement, you are registered in an Arts Co-op course; however, these credits do NOT count toward your SLAIS degree.

Thesis Option (12 Credits)

A student with research interests may elect …. to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Credit Values of Courses

Some courses are listed in the UBC Calendar with a choice of credit value. This permits the School to offer several different courses in the same area of specialization carrying the same course number. The form (3-9) indicates that courses within a specialization group number may be taken more than once for credit (with different content each time, as designated by different letters following the course number, and worth 3 credits each time). Within a specialization area a letter differentiates the courses, e.g. 575A. Information on all courses is available on the Courses page. The majority of SLAIS courses are worth 3 credits, but some variable credit LIBR courses are offered for 1 credit, indicated by the form (1-3). In all cases, the maximum credit value is that which a student may obtain during the complete program of study, not the maximum for a given year.

Application Procedures: Use "Admissions" link above.

Course Descriptions: For detailed information please use the "Courses" link above.


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