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A Master's Program in Information & Knowledge Management Specializing in Archival Science

Archival Science is an academic and professional discipline that relates to the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of records creation, appraisal, preservation, and usage. The Master's program in Information & Knowledge Management specializing in archival science provides theoretical and practical training, with an emphasis on three main aspects:

  1. Management aspect: Policy regarding preservation and management of archival materials, resource allocation, work methods, records management, archives as organizations.
  2. Technology aspect: Technologies for preservation and access, digitization processes, meta-data, information retrieval.
  3. Social aspect: Archive users' needs analyses, the archive as a fundamental institution in collective memory and culture – past, present and future.

The program includes courses that are specific for the specialization in archival science: practice-oriented courses, theory and foundational courses, a joint course with the History Department and a joint course with the program for preserving material heritage.

Required courses for all programs in the department:

  1. Information literacy
  2. Data processing
  3. Research methods
  4. Virtual communities
  5. Information economics
  6. Quantitative methods
  7. Research seminar
  8. Information reliability and security
  9. Practicum (non-thesis students only)

Archival Science Specialization Courses:

  1. Archival materials evaluation
  2. Record keeping systems
  3. Archival information management
  4. Traditional and digital records management
  5. Legal aspects of archiving
  6. Digital archives
  7. The audio-visual archive
  8. Issues in archival material preservation
  9. Visiting archives

(*) The program may be subject to changes and updates


Students in the archival science specialization can select from a wide variety of electives available in the department of Information & Knowledge Management or other departments in the Faculty of Management.

Academic year

Classes take place in one concentrated day each week in order to accommodate working people.  Each eight-week study period contains three courses and ends with an additional week for exams and project submissions.  A full program usually includes six such periods followed by a research thesis or capstone project.  The study periods are consecutive, without breaks, except for major holidays.

Study Duration

Research track: thesis research and writing – up to three years.
Applied track option: practical capstone project in industry, including write-up – up to two years


To register: please use the University of Haifa Registration Portal.

After completing the registration, please complete the candidate's questionnaire available from the department office (contact details below) and send it back by email.

After all forms have been submitted, selected candidates will be invited to a short entrance exam (in English) and group interview.

Additional information is available at the office:

Anna Weber, Information & Knowledge Management Administrator