MARA Student Experience
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.
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 May 2018. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=8 responses)
- 88% said they would recommend our MARA program. A recent graduate shared, “I would recommend the MARA program because it’s current and relevant to the industry.”
- 88% rated their overall educational experience at the SJSU School of Information as either very good (50%) or good (38%). A survey respondent commented that the MARA program is “very professional and covers a large amount of archival topics.”
- According to survey respondents, the top five strengths of our MARA program are our curriculum, cost, faculty, flexibility, and online learning environment.
- 63% completed the MARA program within two 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, 88% of those who used the services were satisfied or felt neutral.
- 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. 63% of survey respondents took advantage of our school’s career development resources. A survey respondent shared, “I feel confident I am ready for any position in the archival industry.”
- Advising and student support are top priority at our school. The majority of survey respondents contacted their academic advisor throughout their studies and expressed that they were satisfied with the help they received.
“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:
- 92% 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, 50% participated in our 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 spring 2018 exit survey:
- While earning their MARA degree, our students lived in various countries, including the United States and Canada. 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. 63% were both students at our school and employees at organizations representing archives and business/industry. Learn more about how our students juggle school, work, family, and life in our Day in the Life series.
- The majority of students were 50 years old or younger at the time of graduation.
- MARA students represent diverse ethnicities, including Asian, Multi-racial, and White.
- 63% marked female and additional responses included transgender and not sure.