Some things to think about:

  1. The MARA degree in no way affects the Archival Studies and Records Management career pathway within the MLIS degree. In some ways it strengthens it as it ties us closer in with professionals and experts in the whole archives and records management field.
  2. The MARA degree is not ALA accredited because it contains no library-focused courses. If you want to work with archives and records within a library environment then the MLIS degree should be the choice.
  3. If you are interested in immersing yourself in a degree program that prepares you to manage organizational information, regardless of storage medium, in a manner that improves efficiency and productivity; ensures regulatory compliance; safeguards vital information; supports management decision making; and preserves corporate memory and collective memory, the MARA degree is right for you.

I believe the MARA program will give me a competitive edge in the records and information management field. -- Spring 2012 graduate