Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management

About the Program

The RIM certification is a newly developed, fully online, graduate program. It is designed to provide an immersive experience for students who seek a career as a Records and Information Management Officer, Information Governance Officer, Digital Assets Manager, Enterprise Content Manager, or equivalence, in various industries, such as government and municipal, healthcare, legal, financial services, insurance services, oil and gas, education, telecommunication, and so forth.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the RIM. Dual enrollment is possible. Current LSU SLIS students can earn this certificate while pursuing their MLIS, but they must apply separately.

The RIM certificate program is offered in collaboration and partnership with the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM), the national certifying body for RIM professionals. Through this partnership, students enrolled in the RIM Certificate Program can further leverage their financial investment as a result of the fast track it provides to become a Certified Records Analyst (CRA) or Certified Records Manager (CRM) as designated by the ICRM. Due to the rigor of the coursework, completion of the RIM certificate will credit the student with passing Exam Parts 1-5 toward ICRM certification.  

This is an entirely online certificate.

Student Profile

This certificate is appropriate for individuals who wish to pursue careers as records and information management officers in environments such as government, municipals, healthcare, legal, oil and gas, financial, and insurance agencies. 

Course Requirements

Students complete three core courses in records management, principles of information governance, and a directed independent study. Students are also required to choose two electives. 

Three Required Courses:

  • LIS 7604 Principles of Records Management 
  • LIS 7612 Information Governance 
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study

Two Electives (from the following):

In addition, students must complete two electives from the list below:

  • LIS 4511 Information Architecture
  • LIS 7505 Introduction to Digital Curation
  • LIS 7508 Management of Knowledge-based Assets in Organizations (Knowledge Management)
  • LIS 7618 e-Discovery 

All these course are offered online, and students do not need to be present on campus in order to complete them.


Students who wish to obtain the graduate certificate in Records & Information Management must meet the same admission requirements as students in the Master's of Library & Information Science program. Students should apply through the LSU Graduate School.

For information on graduate tuition and fees, see Office of Budget and Planning website.  Fee payment deadlines are published in the Schedule Book found on the Office of the University Registrar website. 

Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Applicants and students enrolled in the RIM certificate program are eligible to apply for SLIS Scholarships. Also, the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) offers scholarships and tuition reimbursement programs. More information can be found at


Dr. Tao Jin


Gainful Employment Disclosure 

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information to students in a certificate program. This is called a Gainful Employment Disclosure. For more information, please refer to Financial Aid's website







Applications are submitted through the online application portal located on the Graduate School's website.