2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees

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These 24 schools offer the most affordable online degrees in library science, all with tuitions below $18,000. Tuition at our most affordable school, University of Central Missouri is just $5,832. Many of the schools on this list, such as Clarion University, offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing students with affordable degree options at several levels of study.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online library science degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable library science schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Library Science Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,832 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,860 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $6,606 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,624 Library Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#5 #5 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,130 Library Science Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#6 #6 University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual Tuition $8,617 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $9,034 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 Saint Cloud State University Annual Tuition $9,180 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#9 #9 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,951 Library Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#10 #10 University of South Carolina-Columbia Annual Tuition $11,105 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Southern Connecticut State University Annual Tuition $11,495 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,236 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Wayne State University Annual Tuition $12,330 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#14 #14 Texas Woman's University Annual Tuition $13,385 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $15,338 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Kent State University at Trumbull Annual Tuition $15,338 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#16 #16 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,448 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#17 #17 North Carolina Central University Annual Tuition $15,570 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 Appalachian State University Annual Tuition $15,804 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $16,065 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $16,484 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#21 #21 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $16,650 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $16,779 Library Science Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 University of Arizona Annual Tuition $17,100 Library Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#24 #24 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $17,532 Library Science Degrees: Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $5,832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in School Libraries; Children’s, Adolescent & Young Adult Literature; Developing & Managing Collections; Library Media Administration; Reference Sources & Services
  • Annual Tuition: $5,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Electronic Resources in the Library; Information Sources and Services; Management of Libraries and Information Centers

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Information Technologies; Public Libraries; Research Methods; School Media Centers; User Center Information Services

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Information Sources & Services; Organization of Information; Select Library Materials
  • Annual Tuition: $8,130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging & Library Technical Processes; Information Literacy; Library Services for Teens; Preservation and Archiving of Library Materials; Reader’s Advisory; Web Page Design
  • Annual Tuition: $8,617
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Tools, Trends and Debates; Information Visualization; Information: Perspectives and Contexts; Services to Diverse Populations; Topics in Information Agency Management; Topics in Library and Information Studies

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,034
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry; Information and Knowledge Professions; Management of Information Agencies; Metadata and Networked Information Organization/Retrieval
  • Annual Tuition: $9,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing Skills for Online Teaching and Learning; Information Media: Theory, Research, and Practice; Media Selection and Evaluation for Children and Young Adults; Technologies in the Workplace
  • Annual Tuition: $9,951
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Cataloging and Classification; Reference and Information Services; Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society; Special Problems in Librarianship; Systems Analysis for Librarians; Web Design and Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Curricular Role of the School Librarian; Design and Management of Databases; Digital Libraries; Planning Library Facilities; Problems in Library and Information Agency Administration; Strategic Intelligence for Information Professionals

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,495
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Digital Preservation and Archives; Management of Library and Information Agencies; Technical Services and Information Management; User Services

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Information in Society; Information Representation & Access; Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services; Management in Library Information Science

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Access to Information; Information Technology; Research for the Information Profession; School Library Media Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $13,385
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Information and Communication Technology; Information Retrieval; Information Sources and Services; Library Management
  • Annual Tuition: $15,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Access to Information; Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals; Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • Annual Tuition: $15,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Information Institutions and Professions; People in the Information Ecology; Research and Assessment in Library and Information Science; The Information Landscape
  • Annual Tuition: $15,448
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Information Sources and Services; Collection Development and Maintenance; Information Science in Librarianship; Preparing Instructional Media; Technical Services in Libraries; Technical Services in Small Libraries
  • Annual Tuition: $15,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Media Centers; Family & Community Relations; Indexing & Abstracting; Management and Systems Analysis; Selection & Use of Info Sources; Uses and Users of Information
  • Annual Tuition: $15,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Building Connections Through Community and Culture; Collaborative Media Program Planning and Evaluation; Critical Issues in Literature and Media; Integrating Literature and Media into Instruction; Technology and Libraries: Tools, Resources, and Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $16,065
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Information and Society; Information Behavior; Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals; Management of Information Organizations; Research, Assessment and Design

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer Science Application Librarianship; Digital Technology for the School Library; Information Services & Resources; Literature For Children; Literature For Young Adults; School Library Administration

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Role of the Media Specialist; Intellectual Freedom; Management of Libraries and Information Agencies; Music Librarianship; Pedagogy for School Librarians; Reference Sources and Services
  • Annual Tuition: $16,779
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access; Information Sources and Services; Library Administration and Management

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Equity of Access; Ethics for Library and Information Professionals; Government Information; Preserving Digital Collections; Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals; Scholarly Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $17,532
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ALA
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Collection Development; Genealogy for Librarians; Materials for Children; Research Literacy in Library Science; Special Topics: Cataloging Non-Print Materials; Technology for Library Services

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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