With information coming from all directions, information management and organization is vital. The following Top 25 Affordable Master's Degrees in Library Science Online educate librarians for the Information Age.

Long gone are the days of strict, shushing librarians and cold, impenetrable libraries. Today, librarians operate in an increasingly digital world with a sometimes-overwhelming amount of information. Grad School Hub's Top 25 Affordable Master's Degrees in Library Science Online prepare information specialists to tackle towers of knowledge.

In addition to a robust general core in the library and information sciences, many programs listed also offer students specialization options. Through their selected concentration, students can prepare for careers in archives, academic, public, school, and special libraries; and other information roles and organizations. Each program listed is offered fully or partially online at a relatively affordable rate. Online programs typically allow students to pay in-state tuition, even if they live across the country. 

These days, approximately 70% of library careers require a master's degree. The librarian umbrella covers many positions, from government librarians and law librarians to medical librarians and school librarians. Simply put, librarians manage and organize information and research materials and help people find the information they seek. A graduate-level Library Science education that incorporates modern technology and digital media can help future librarians stand out in the job market.

Methodology

The staff of Grad School Hub has compiled the following Top 25 Affordable Master's Degrees in Library Science Online for the 2019-20 academic school year based on public data released from educational, commercial, and government databases. Data contributed from sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Labor plays a significant role in how graduate degree programs are ranked because institutional transparency is essential for deciding which career path is right for you. Based on this data, GSH organizes information into five weighted categories, which are:

  • Alumni Feedback: 20% 

  • Continued Enrollment: 20% 

  • Degree Selectivity: 10%

  • Graduate Expenses: 25%

  • Projected Annual Salary: 25%

A more comprehensive evaluation of how each category is determined and scored is accessible through our Ranking Methodology page. 

 

#25 – University of Arizona

Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

Tucson, AZ

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Students are earning their Master of Arts in Library and Information Science online through the University of Arizona. Degree concentrations include topics such as archival studies and digital information management, while core curriculum includes courses in Ethics for Library and Information Professionals and Organization of Information. Each student must complete electives in the following areas: Cultural Perspectives on Libraries and Information, Evaluation of User Needs and Management of Information Services, and Information Technology and Networked Digital Information. The 37-unit curriculum culminates in the completion of a capstone internship and electronic portfolio.

U of A is affiliated with the Banner academic medical centers in Phoenix and Tucson. It is the nation's fourth-largest recipient of NASA research funding, and it has made research contributions in the areas of astronomy and space travel. The university's library system includes special libraries for creative photography, health sciences, and science and engineering. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university's graduate library and information studies programs No. 22 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,486 in-state; $31,463 out-of-state 

 

#24 – University of Kentucky

Master of Science in Library & Information Science

Lexington, KY

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Online students at the University of Kentucky can earn a Master of Science in Library & Information Science fully-online at an in-state tuition rate. The core curriculum consists of four courses: Information in Society; Information Representation & Access; Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services; and Management in LIS. Students have opportunities to study abroad or gain practicum experience in the field. UK was founded in 1865 as a land-grant agricultural and mechanical college. Located in Lexington, KY, the campus is home to the William T. Library, which is a national collection of materials in the humanities, life sciences, and social sciences. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK's graduate library and information studies programs No. 20 nationally and No. 4 in Health Librarianship.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,363 in-state; $28,861 out-of-state 

 

#23 – Kent State University

Master of Science in Library & Information Science 

Kent, OH

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Kent State University's School of Information provides an exciting alternative to residential education programs with an online Master of Science in Library & Information Sciences. The highly-customizable degree program is designed to be completed entirely online. Students may choose from a variety of focus areas, including archival studies, cataloging and metadata, museum studies, youth engagement, and more. The program offers seven cluster areas and 19 specialized pathways to the degree. The MLIS core curriculum includes such courses as Cataloging for School Libraries and Research. 

Kent State was established in 1910 to train public school teachers. In addition to its main suburban campus in Kent, Ohio, the university operates regional campuses across the state and additional locations in New York City and Italy. In the 1970s, KSU was known for its student activism in opposition to the Vietnam War. The university's library system includes the Henry Dumas Library and a 12-story primary research library. U.S. News & World Report ranks the graduate MLIS program No. 19 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,310 in-state; $20,396 out-of-state 

 

#22 – University at Buffalo

Master of Science in Information and Library Science

Buffalo and Amherst, NY

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Students at the University at Buffalo can now earn their Master of Science in Information and Library Science entirely online. Students may choose to specialize in areas such as law librarianship and music librarianship. The program provides students opportunities for real-world experience through directed study courses, practicums, and special projects. Students can also expect to engage with peers through group work, department seminars, and opportunities to serve on committees. Required courses include Information Life Cycle, Information to Research Methods, and Information Users and Uses. Students can earn their degree in four semesters of full-time study.

SUNY Buffalo is the largest university in the system in terms of enrollment, endowment, and research funding. The school was established in 1846 as a private medical college under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church. The UB library system consists of nine libraries, and its holdings include the single most extensive collection of James Joyce materials in the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks SUNY Buffalo No. 22 nationally in graduate library and information science programs.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,870 in-state; $22,210 out-of-state 

 

#21 – University of Alabama

Master of Library and Information Science

Tuscaloosa, AL

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The University of Alabama provides its graduate students with an opportunity to earn a Master of Library and Information Science entirely via distant education. The online degree program follows a cohort model, meaning students move through the program with virtual peer groups. The online learning experience includes live, weekly virtual evening sessions that involve group work and discussions. Course requirements include Information Technologies, Research Methods, and User Center Information Services. To fulfill the program's management component, students have course options relating to academic libraries, public libraries, special libraries, and more. Students who enroll in two courses per semester can complete their degrees within two years.

Established in 1820 as a "seminary of learning," UA is the oldest public university in Alabama. Today, UA is located on a vast campus in the heart of Tuscaloosa, AL. It is home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, which houses a large meteorite that struck a human being who survived. Other significant campus landmarks include the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, the historic Foster Auditorium, and the Maxwell Observatory. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UA MLIS program No. 28 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,780 in-state; $28,100 out-of-state 

 

#20 – University of Wisconsin–Madison

Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies

Madison, WI

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison provides students with another reason to pursue a UW degree with its 39-credit Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies. The online degree program emphasizes the contemporary, cutting-edge aspects of information studies. Course examples include Code and Power, Digital Humanities Analytics, and The Public Library. The curriculum also consists of a field practicum experience. Students may choose practicum settings that align with their career goals. Students synthesize their studies through the creation of an electronic portfolio. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, while part-time students can complete it in three to four years.

UW–Madison is the state's largest and official university campus of the University of Wisconsin System. While the university is home to one of the largest research library collections in North America, UW–Madison's Memorial Library is the most extensive library collection in the state of Wisconsin. U.S. News & World Report ranks UW–Madison No. 14 nationally in graduate Library and Information Studies Programs, No. 10 in archives, and No. 7 in youth services.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,728 in-state; $24,054 out-of-state 

 

#19 – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Master of Library & Information Science

Milwaukee, WI

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No surprises here: The University of Wisconsin tops GSH's rankings yet again with the online Master of Library & Information Science through its Milwaukee location. Offered through its School of Information Studies, UWM's graduate degree is one of the longest-running online MLIS programs in the United States. Students may choose from four concentrations, which include Information Organization and Public Library. Students can also choose from six concentrations, which include Digital Libraries, Public Libraries, or Special Libraries. The required curriculum includes courses like Foundations of Library and Information Science, Information Access and Retrieval, Organization of Information, and Research Methods in Information Studies. Students may follow a two-year plan toward their degree.

UW-Milwaukee opened in 1885 as a teacher training school and is now the second-largest university in the state, and one of the state's two public universities that grant doctoral degrees. The university is home to the Gold Meir Library, named for the alumnus who became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. The library houses the American Geographical Society, which includes more than a million articles such as maps, atlases, and photographs relating to geography. U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Milwaukee's online MLIS program No. 14 overall, No. 12 in digital librarianship, and No. 9 in archives.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,387 in-state; $23,424 out-of-state 

 

#18 – Louisiana State University

Master of Library and Information Science

Baton Rouge, LA

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Louisiana State University provides online students a Master of Library and Information Science, where students can access course material on their schedule. The degree schedule is free of campus visit requirements and is open to applicants with undergraduate degrees in any field. The MLIS at LSU offers courses such as Information and Society and Information Needs and Information Seeking. Students have the option to choose from nine specializations, including Archival Studies, Digital Content Management, and School Libraries. LSU's library system is particularly secure in areas including aquaculture, Louisiana history, and sugar culture. It also holds rare and significant books in botanical and ornithological illustration. U.S. News & World Report ranks the LSU MLIS program No. 37 nationally.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,132 

 

#17 – University of Missouri

Master of Library and Information Science

Columbia, MO

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Online students on either side of the Mississippi River can now earn their Master of Library and Information Science through the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. The 39-credit curriculum is primarily semester-based, though some courses are offered in an eight-week format. It covers areas including archival sciences, community and diversity leadership, digital media, and school librarianship. Most students take one or two classes per semester and complete the program in three to four years. Full-time students can finish the program in two years.

Mizzou is historically noted for housing the world's first journalism school and the world's most powerful university research reactor. The university's former Academic Hall Library was used as a guard room by Union troops during the Civil War. U.S. News & World Report ranks Mizzou's online MLIS program No. 22 nationally.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,640 in-state; $23,659 out-of-state 

 

#16 – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Master of Library and Information Science

Indianapolis, IN

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers a Master of Library and Information Science. Offered through the university's online School of Informatics and Computing, students can choose from seven specializations, including Academic Librarianship, Digital Curation, Technical Services, and Youth Services. Foundational course examples include Acquisitions and Management of Knowledge and Information and Methods and Tools for the Information Profession. Students can expect to work on coursework, including creating technology plans and web pages, developing leadership strategies, and organizing digital information. Students can supplement their librarian studies with a variety of courses in informatics and computing.

IUPUI is a public research university and a core campus of Indiana University that also offers Purdue degrees. The university sits on a peninsula near downtown Indianapolis. It is the third-largest university in the state of Indiana, and the second-largest research site in the state. The university is working on major editorial projects, including critical editions of works by Fredrick Douglass and Ray Bradbury. U.S. News & World Report ranks IUPUI the No. 57 Most Innovative School in the United States.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,448 in-state; $23,208 out-of-state 

 

#15 – University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Library and Information Science

Hattiesburg, MS

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The University of Southern Mississippi offers a fully-online program leading to a Master of Library and Information Science. The degree program gives students the options to pursue School Library – Media Specialist licensure, an online graduate certificate in Archives and Special Collections, or a dual degree in anthropology, history, instructional technology, or political science. The general MLIS degree requires 40 credit hours of study. The core curriculum includes courses such as Cataloging and Classification, Library Management, and Reference and Information Sources.

Research and library fanatics will love USM's Gulf Park campus, where students can take advantage of several research facilities, such as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and the John C. Stennis Space Center. The university is home to four libraries: The Cook Library, The McCain Library, The Gulf Coast Library, and The Gunter Library.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,108 in-state 

 

#14 – University of Houston-Clear Lake

Master of Science in School Library and Information Science

Pasadena and Houston, TX

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The University of Houston-Clear Lake provides a clear choice for online students who are interested in a Master of Science in School Library and Information Science. All applicants must hold a valid Texas Teaching Certificate. The online degree program is designed for individuals who strive to lead teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It prepares graduates to help integrate technology and learning, develop lesson plans, boost information literacy, teach about the ethical use of resources, and implement school literacy programs. The 33-credit curriculum includes Professional Education and School Library core curriculum areas. Core course examples include Empowering Learners Through Advocacy & Leadership, Foundations of Multicultural Education, and Selecting Literature Materials for Children. 

The establishment of UHCL was inspired by the arrival of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center off the shores of Clear Lake. The University of Houston began offering relevant courses to NASA employees at the center, but there was a clear need for more extensive educational facilities. It is a state university and one of four institutions within the University of Houston System. Its main campus is located in Houston and Pasadena, Texas, and it operates a branch medical center in Houston and a branch campus in Pearland, Texas. The university's library system includes a University Archives collection that consists of the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UHCL No. 25 for best value and No. 18 among public schools in the western United States.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,308 in-state; $16,290 out-of-state 

 

#13 – San Jose State University

Master of Library and Information Science

San Jose, CA

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San Jose State University offers a Master of Library and Information Science through its School of Information. Students can expect to engage with peers and faculty through web conferencing, social networking, and other interactive online media platforms. The degree requires the completion of 43 units of study that culminates in a thesis or electronic portfolio. Course areas include Big Data Analytics and Management, Health Informatics, and Text and Data Mining. 

Many SJSU graduates go on to work in the nearby Silicon Valley tech industry. SJSU and the City of San Jose operate Martin Luther King Jr. Library, an award-winning, joint city-university library on the university's campus. U.S. News & World Report ranks the SJSU MLIS program No. 34 nationally. The site also lists the university in the top ten in the western U.S. for innovation, public education, and social mobility.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,176 in-state; $16,680 out-of-state 

 

#12 – University of Central Missouri

Master of Science in Library and Information Services

Warrensburg, MO

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The University of Central Missouri offers a Master of Science in Library and Information Services. The online degree program is offered asynchronously, allowing students to complete coursework on their own time. The 33-credit curriculum begins with a Foundations of Librarianship course and ends in a School Libraries practicum and research course. Other required courses include Children's, Adolescent, & Young Adult Literature; Curriculum and the Media Center; Library Media Administration; and Developing and Managing Collections. 

UCM was founded in 1871 as a teacher training school in Warrensburg, MO. Over the next century, it evolved into the public state university it is today. In addition to its Warrensburg campus, the university offers education online and in Lee's Summit, MO. It is home to the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, a Federal Depository Library with nearly half a million circulating volumes. The university also hosts an annual Children's Literature Festival. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCM No. 78 in the Midwestern region, No. 54 for social mobility, and No. 16 among public schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,016 in-state; $14,033 out-of-state 

 

#11 – Emporia State University

Master of Library Science

Emporia, KS

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Emporia State University offers a Master of Library Science through a cohort model, with student groups entering and moving through the program together. ESU students can additionally pursue an online Archives Studies certificate or a School Library Media Specialist program. Students can choose from four concentration options: Archive Studies, Informatics, Leadership and Administration, and Youth Service. ESU students are expected to finish a series of residential MLS classes that are provided in two weekend-intensives. Onsite requirements are offered in Emporia and Overland Park, KS; Denver; Salt Lake City; Sioux Falls, SD; and Portland, OR. 

Emporia State was founded in 1902, so it's no surprise how its School of Library and Information Management is the oldest school of library and information studies in the western half of the United States. In its rankings of universities in the Midwest, U.S. News & World Report ranks Emporia State No. 95 overall, No. 68 for social mobility, and No. 24 among public schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,084 in-state; $18,924 out-of-state 

 

#10 – University of North Texas

Master of Science in Library Science

Denton, TX

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The University of North Texas offers a Master of Science in Library Science. The degree program is delivered in a primarily online format with asynchronous courses and requires six days of on-campus classroom attendance. Online students of UNT's MSLS are required to finish courses like Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry and Information Organization. Students can choose from eight elective focus areas, including but not limited to Distributed Learning Librarianship, Health Informatics Specialist, and Law Librarians and Legal Informatics Specialist. The program offers students opportunities for internships in settings such as archives, information centers, and museums. Students can complete their degrees on a full- or part-time basis.

Established in 1890 as a private teacher's college, UNT is now a public state research university. The main campus is located in Denton, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. Future librarians will also adore UNT's giant music collection, as it's the largest public collection in the country. The College of Information sponsors three research centers, including The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UNT MSLS program No. 20 overall, No. 10 in School Library Media, and No. 7 in Health Librarianship nationally.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,450 in-state; $12,920 out-of-state 

 

#9 – Sam Houston State University

Master of Library Science

Huntsville, TX

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Sam Houston State University offers a 36-credit online program leading to a Master of Library Science degree. The degree program focuses on school librarianship in particular. Required courses include Collection Development, Digital Technology for the School Librarian, Literature for Children, and Literature for Young Adults. All students must also complete a library internship and a culminating electronic portfolio. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the School Librarian Certification exam, though they must have a valid classroom teaching certificate and two years of classroom experience to take the exam.

Established in 1879 as Sam Houston Normal Institute, SHSU is one of the oldest purpose-built teacher-training schools west of the Mississippi River. It is also the third-oldest public institution of higher education in the state of Texas. Located in Huntsville, Texas, the school is named for town resident and Texas Revolution leader Sam Houston. Digital archivists at the university's Peabody Memorial Libraryhelped launch the Texas Military Veterans Oral History collection. 

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,391 in-state; $12,861 out-of-state 

 

#8 – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Master of Library and Information Studies

Greensboro, NC

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a Master of Library and Information Studies. Students may pursue a concentration in Instructional Technology Licensure or School Library Media Coordinator Licensure. Degree curriculum includes core courses in Information Organization and Access, Information Sources and Services, and Leadership and Management in Information Organizations. It also features a technology requirement, which students can fulfill by taking a course in computer information management technologies, technological trends, or media in library programs. The capstone of the program is a supervised field experience and a culminating portfolio.

The 1891 founding of UNC Greensboro was mainly due to the efforts of Charles Duncan McIver, a firm believer in women's education. It began as a women's college with a focus on business, domestic science, and teaching. Located in Greensboro, NC, the campus is noted for being home to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of modern American art in the nation. The university's library system includes the Harold Schiffman Music Library, the Interior Architecture Library, and the Multicultural Resource Center Library. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university's MLIS program No. 22 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,219 in-state; $18,937 out-of-state 

 

#7 – University of Oklahoma

Master of Library and Information Studies

Norman, OK

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The University of Oklahoma offers a Master of Library and Information Studies. Students may choose from seven elective concentration areas: Archives; Collection Management; Data Science; Health; Focus on People, Reference, and Users; and Youth Librarianship. Required courses include Information and Communication Technology, Information Users in the Knowledge Society, and Organization of Information and Knowledge Resources. Students also have the option to complete an independent study involving directed research, readings, a project, an internship, or a research thesis. 

OU is a public space-grant research university with the main campus in Norman, OK. In 1948, when the university was still racially segregated, a black student named G.W. McLaurin was admitted but directed to study in a separate area in the law library. The university's Bizzell Memorial Library is now a designated National Historic Landmark due to its connection to this case, which was a precedent for the historic Brown v. Board of Education trial. U.S. News & World Report ranks OU's MLIS program No. 28 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,119 in-state; $19,778 out-of-state 

 

#6 – Appalachian State University

Master of Library Science

Boone, NC

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Appalachian State University offers an online program leading to a Master of Library Science. Each course delivers coursework synchronously one evening per week. The remainder of the coursework can be completed asynchronously on students' own schedules. Students can also expect to attend virtual one-on-one meetings with their instructors. Required courses include Building Connections Through Community and Culture, Integrating Literature and Media in Instruction, and Product of Learning. MLS students can also earn a dual degree featuring an MA in Educational Media. Completion of the program allows graduates to apply for North Carolina Media Coordinator licensure and North Carolina Public Librarian Certification.

Appalachian State was founded in 1899 by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty. The university's campus is located in Boone, NC, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The ASU library system includes collections such as the Stock Car Racing Collection and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection for regional studies. It also houses an extensive selection of rare books from 16th- to 19th-century English history. In its rankings of universities in the South, U.S. News & World Report lists ASU No. 6 overall, No. 3 among public schools, and No. 2 for innovation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,839 in-state; $18,271 out-of-state 

 

#5 – East Carolina University

Master of Library Science

Greenville, NC

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East Carolina University offers a Master of Library Science through its Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The 39-credit curriculum includes a core sequence of courses such as Analyzing and Synthesizing Professional Library Information, Collection Development, and Library Administration and Management. The curriculum culminates in a 110-hour supervised practical internship and seminar in the student's area of concentration. The degree program is especially suitable for students seeking work as public librarians or school library media coordinators. The program's school library media pathway leads to the North Carolina licensure, and the public library pathway leads to the North Carolina Public Library Certification.

Since 1907, ECU has developed into a public sea-grant research university and the fourth-largest university in the state of North Carolina. In addition to its main campus in Greenville, NC, the university operates academic locations across the state and overseas in Italy. The university's J.Y. Joyner Library is one of the nation's leading naval and maritime history repositories, and the official U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary record repository. U.S. News & World Report ranks ECU No. 43 nationally in Best Library and Information Studies Programs at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,749 in-state; $17,898 out-of-state 

 

#4 – North Carolina Central University

Master of Library Science

Durham, NC

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North Carolina Central University offers a Master of Library Science program. It provides seven concentrations, including but not limited to Academic Librarian, Digital Librarian, Law Librarian, Public Librarian, and Special Librarian. Course requirements include Management and Systems Analysis, Selection and Use of Information Services, and Uses and Users of Information. Students can choose from such elective courses as Ethnic Materials for Children and Adolescents, Family and Community Relationships, and Government Publications. Students can complete their degree in as little as two semesters and four summer sessions or up to six years.

NCCU is a public university and a member of the University of North Carolina system. Its historic campus is located near downtown Durham, NC. The university is noted particularly for its history department and jazz studies. U.S. News & World Report ranks the NCCU MLS program No. 37 nationally in Best Library and Information Studies Programs.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,740 in-state; $17,694 out-of-state 

 

#3 – Texas Woman's University

Master of Library Science

Denton, TX

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Texas Woman's University offers an entirely online Master of Library Science program. Students can choose from eight focused tracks, including but not limited to Community Informatics, Health Science Libraries, Information Technology, and Technical Services/Cataloging. Required MLS courses include Collection Development, Information Sources and Services, Information Organization, and Library Management. Students who do not have sufficient experience in libraries or information agencies are required to complete a practicum or internship in the field. Due to the efforts of multiple Texas-women groups, TWU was established by the state legislature in 1901. It has since grown into the largest state-supported, primarily-female university in the United States. 

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,672 in-state; $12,142 out-of-state 

 

#2 – Valdosta State University

Master of Library and Information Science

Valdosta, GA

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Valdosta State University offers an online program leading to a Master of Library and Information Science. Since its establishment in 1906, Valdosta State has been a teacher training school, a women's college, and now a public university. The university's Graduate School features the divisions of Library Science and Social Work, and its main library is the Gertrude Gilmer Odum Library, a U.S. Government Selective Depository. 

The degree program focuses on preparing librarians for work in academic, public, and special libraries. The 39-credit curriculum offers optional tracks in Cataloging and Classification, Library Management, Reference Sources and Services, and Technology. The core curriculum includes courses in Information Sources and Services, Management of Libraries and Information Centers, and Organization of Information. Other course offerings include Cataloging and Classification, Community Building, Marketing Library Services, and Online Searching. The curriculum culminates in a capstone course involving writing, presenting, and creating a professional development plan. 

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $4,482 in-state; $16,146 out-of-state 

 

#1 – Texas A&M University-Commerce

Master of Science in Educational Technology/Library Science

Commerce, TX

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Texas A&M University-Commerce delivers Grad School Hub's top-ranked affordable online master's degree in Library Science. The university offers a Master of Science in Educational Technology and Library Science. Course requirements include Administration of the School Library, Developing General and Specialized Collections, and Implementation of Media Technology Programs. The curriculum culminates in the completion of an electronic portfolio and program evaluation. Students also have the option to pursue certification areas for School Librarians and Technology Applications. 

Texas A&M-Commerce was established in 1889 as the East Texas Normal College, a private teacher training college. Now a public research university, TAMU, is the third-largest of the Texas A&M University System. The main campus is located in Commerce, Texas, on the edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The university also operates satellite campuses and learning locations throughout the state. Historically committed to affordable education, Texas A&M-Commerce is considered to be one of Texas' least expensive universities.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $3,630 in-state; $11,100 out-of-state