Program Description

GM28048_prof_science_masters311kpo-lpr (1)The UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Professional Science in Digital Curation and Management will provide core skills, knowledge, and competencies to allow professionals to manage, preserve, and add value to the growing body of society’s digital assets.

Program information:

  • The first master’s degree in the nation focused on digital curation
  • 100% online
  • 31 credit hours
  • Developed at UNC-Chapel Hill, an international leader in digital curation and data management
  • Designed with working professionals in mind
  • Comprehensive, project-oriented curriculum will enable students to acquire the core skills, knowledge, and competencies for ensuring the longevity, authenticity, discoverability, and usability of digital assets.
  • Students will apply their knowledge through an internship or practicum that can be completed in partnership with their current employer or at another enterprise with digital asset needs.

This program will help students learn the skills to:

  • Guide content creators toward creating more durable digital content and help them manage their content most effectively
  • Appraise the most appropriate place for digital content within repositories and organizational collections
  • Capture appropriate content for inclusion in repositories and organizational collections
  • Manage digital content in collections (conduct digital forensics as appropriate, capture provenance, create metadata, store, ensure authenticity, establish a digital preservation workflow, use digital preservation best practices)
  • Make digital content available to designated communities (corporate staff, the public, scholars, etc.)
  • Determine the disposition strategies for digital content in the short- and long-term

This program will prepare graduates to thrive in a variety of work settings by helping them hone skills in:

  • Written and oral communication
  • Project management
  • Personnel relations
  • Financial management
  • Leadership

For more information, email SILS Alumni Distinguished Professor and Program Director Helen Tibbo at or visit