Admissions Requirements  |  Application Deadline |  Cost |  Curriculum 

The Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Data Curation is a degree program designed for professionals working in libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, and businesses who want to take the lead in determining their organization’s policies and standards for digital collections and data management.

Through advanced course work, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the statutory, economic, and technical issues related to data creation, dissemination, use, reuse, and preservation. Participants will gain knowledge and skills that they can apply to real-world problems in their current workplaces or in the next phase of their careers.

The program starts on UNC-Chapel Hill's beautiful campus with two weeks of summer classes, offering students an opportunity to "jumpstart" their learning and get to know the program’s faculty and other professionals pursuing the PMC. After this initial phase, students will enjoy a flexible online course of study optimized for busy schedules.

The program culminates with two project-oriented independent studies related to the student’s current or desired work environment.

Participants will learn from digital archive and preservation pioneers, including:
Dr. Helen Tibbo
Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee
Dr. Arcot Rajasekar

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Post-Master's Certificate program must hold a master’s degree and submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission. No GREs required!!

  • Complete the online Graduate School Application and pay the $95 application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from each university attended
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum paper-based score of 550, computer-based score of 213, or internet-based TOEFL score of 80. (no more than two years old)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose, reflecting the applicant’s career goals, how the applicant’s educational background and work experience will contribute to their experience at SILS, and how attending SILS will assist the applicant in furthering their career goals.

The committee will review applications as they become complete. The committee takes all aspects of the application into consideration when evaluating applications for admission.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted three times per year, with cohorts starting classes in January, May, and August.

Deadline for January admission - October 13, 2020
Deadline for May admission – March 9, 2021
Deadline for August admission – June 8, 2021
Though not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to start the program in the summer. The two-week, on-campus intensive courses are essential to the foundation of the program.

Two Week, On Campus Intensive session dates for Summer 2021: TBD


For information on tuition and fees for the Post-Master's Certificate program, please refer to the UNC Cashier's Office for information on Cost of Attendance


A total of ten (10) classes for a total of thirty (30) credit hours are required to complete the Post-Master's Certificate with an emphasis in Data Curation: 
INLS 465: Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections
INLS 523: Database Systems I
INLS 624: Policy-Based Data Management
INLS 625: Information Analytics (note that 625 has a pre-req of INLS 560 or equivalent course or experience) OR INLS 767 Information Assurance 
INLS 696: Independent Study Part I
INLS 696: Independent Study Part II

INLS 720: Metadata Architectures and Applications
INLS 740: Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications
INLS 752: Digital Preservation and Access
INLS 756: Data Curation and Management

More information

For more information about the Post-Master’s Certificate, please contact Programs Officer Shirley Parker at or 919-962-0182