MARA Student Experience


Student Experience — MARA

At the end of each semester, we survey our graduating students. The data gathered helps us to better understand their experiences while in the program.

100% of survey respondents said they would recommend the MARA program.

We invite you to browse the statistics pulled from a recent exit survey of graduates who completed the Master of Archives and Records Administration program in December 2018. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=3 responses)

  • 100% said they would recommend our MARA program. A recent graduate shared, “I would recommend the MARA program because the teachers are very professional and knowledgeable in teaching the courses and made it very enjoyable.”
  • According to survey respondents, the top strengths of the MARA program are faculty, flexibility, online learning environment, and internship program (four-way tie). 
  • 66% completed the MARA program within 3.5 years. Did you know that you can complete the MARA program at your own pace, choosing the number of courses you want to take each semester? You have up to seven years to earn your graduate degree.
  • As an online school, we know the importance of timely technology help. When asked about our technology resource center and technology support, 100% of those who used the services were satisfied.
  • We help students to become the best job candidate by offering career workshops, a dedicated career blog, job search tips and guidance, access to job listing sites, and one-on-one consultations with our expert career counselor. The majority of survey respondents took advantage of our school’s career development resources
  • Advising and student support are top priority at our school. 100% of survey respondents contacted their academic advisor throughout their studies and rated their academic advisor as Very Good or Good for support and helpfulness.

“Our professors are not only certified in the areas in which they teach, but they also have practical experience.” Dr. Patricia Franks

Our students also took advantage of a range of informal learning opportunities and activities that helped them expand their professional network and aid them with future job seeking. For example:

  • 67% were members of professional associations. Did you know we give new Master of Archives and Records Administration students a free one-year membership to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) or the Society of American Archivists (SAA)? Learn more.
  • Extracurricular activities abound at our school. Among the vast opportunities for networking and knowledge building, 33% volunteered at an archives or records center. Did you know that we offer a MARA online lecture series that features guest presenters in the fields of archives, records and information governance?

In addition, you’ll be in good company in our fully online master’s degree program. Here are some facts about our graduating MARA students as reported in the fall 2018 exit survey:

  • While earning their MARA degree, our students completed courses from across the U.S. Our MARA program is offered exclusively online, and there are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events.
  • Our online program allows students the flexibility to continue working while pursuing their MARA degree. 67% were both students at our school and employees at government agencies, for example. 
  • At the time of graduation, the students were 55 years old or younger.
  • MARA students represent diverse ethnicities, including Hispanic and White.
  • In this particular survey, all the respondents were female. 
  • Two-thirds of respondents stated they were First Generation Graduate Students. Learn more about the First Generation Student Group

10 Reasons to Enroll in the MARA Program

1. The flexibility and convenience offered by the program’s fully online format will make it possible for you to live anywhere while you earn your MARA degree, and access course content at any time you choose.

2. You’ll receive instruction and mentoring from faculty members who are award-winning scholars and leaders in their academic and professional communities – and who live around the globe, bringing an international perspective on emerging trends in the field.


MARA Open House Sessions

Virtual open house sessions for the fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration degree program will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Details regarding how to join a live open house web conference will be emailed to you after you RSVP.

In the meantime, we encourage you to view a recording of a past session and/or contact Dr. Patricia Franks with any questions.